Senators star Alexei Yashin may have thought his latest holdout would net him a big payday. But by failing to honor the last year of his contract, he could cost himself even more.

An Ottawa hockey fan filed a $27.5 million lawsuit against Yashin and his agent this week, accusing the two of interfering with the contractual relationship between the Senators and their fans. The claim is unprecedented, and the plaintiffs--the class action could grow to include 11,000 season ticket-holders--want athletes everywhere to know that the public's tolerance is limited.

Yashin has been training in Switzerland, and his agent, Mark Gandler, declined to comment.

* BRODEUR REPRIEVE: The NHL decided not to suspend Devils G Martin Brodeur for a slashing penalty that resulted in his ejection from Thursday's game against the Penguins.

Brodeur will be eligible to play tonight against the Lightning.

* BRIND'AMOUR OUT: Flyers C Rod Brind'Amour has a second hairline fracture in his left foot and will be out for three to six weeks. The second fracture was discovered in an X-ray Thursday while doctors were checking the recovery of his other fracture. Brind'Amour was placed on injured reserve Oct. 2.