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August 1, 1979

August 1, 1979

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Bowman Brings New Game To Buffalo

BUFFALO— Fans expecting to see the wide-open Buffalo Sabres’ offensive of days past will be in for a disappointment this season. But then again, coach Scotty Bowman will be attempting to reverse the Sabres’ downward trend in recent years and he’ll be doing so with a new style called defensive hockey. Bowman, who’ll run the show as general manager of the Sabres and will enlist the aid of Roger Neilson as a co-coach behind the bench, will be stressing team play, checking, positional play and various other strategems which have been foreign to Sabre teams of the past. And he’ll be in the position he has been seeking for the past few years—one where he is running the hockey operation and is solely responsible for the progress of the team—and that’s what…

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Sheppard’s Signing Aids Pens’ Center Depth

PITTSBURGH— Pittsburgh Penguins made some great strides last year in the National Hockey League by first of all putting a much-improved team on the ice and then by attracting larger audiences to the Igloo to watch them. The Penguins made the playoffs—which was a change from the year before—upset Buffalo in the best of three preliminary rounds and then were eventually sidetracked by the powerful Boston Bruins. But it was a season of vast improvement, as evidenced by such honors as having general manager Baz Bastien selected as THE HOCKEY NEWS’ executive of the year. Bastien recently had his contract extended by Penguin management. Perhaps the only unsettling feature of the past year has been the Gregg Sheppard situation. Contract negotiations went on for the entire year and there was an extended period at…

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NHL’s Final Shooting Statistics

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PASSING THE PUCK

• THE NATIONAL Hockey League doesn’t appear to be worried about the political situation in Quebec, for they’ve just signed a new 10-year lease for quarters in Montreal’s Sun Life Bldg. They’re moving across the hall from their present offices…NHL president John Ziegler spends three days a week in his New York office and two days a week in Montreal…Dale Tallon, who has played for a number of NHL teams during his short but checkered career, is one of Canada’s most promising golfers. He recently had his amateur card restored by the golf association but he’s unlikely to use it for awhile, as he’s still wearing a cast on his broken foot which he incurred in Vancouver last March…Philadelphia Flyers have the best pre-season exhibition schedule at home this autumn.…