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October 19, 1979

October 19, 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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Starting NHL Rosters For New Season

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INSIDE HOCKEY

Experts Like Canadiens THE NHL’S NEW season is now in session and its arrival has provoked much controversy. For better or for worse, let’s examine the problems facing the expanded NHL and see if we can come up with answers to the questions. Probably first and foremost among hockey fans is whether or not Montreal’s Canadiens, through the departure of coach Scotty Bowman, Vezina Trophy winner Ken Dryden, center Jacques Lemaire and now possibly defenseman Guy Lapointe, have been shorn of their Stanley Cup magnetism? The answer is not likely and for many reasons. The champs have always been able to reach down and come up with new found depth. They still have Larry Robinson and Serge Savard behind the blueline and what else does a team need to be No. 1. If…

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Incoming NHL Teams Have Edge With Own Built-In Super Stars

Gretzky, Howe, Lukowich, Cloutier enable former WHA teams to build solid future around them TORONTO—Wayne Gretzky, Mark Howe, Real (Buddy) Cloutier and Morris Lukowich not only are talented young hockey players: They make their teams unique among National Hockey League expansion clubs. Other teams added to the NHL in previous expansions brought only the few crumbs tossed to them in the expansion pool and some untested amateur draft choices. But these four young men, who held down four of the top six spots on the World Hockey Association scoring ladder last season, allow the WHA survivors—Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers—to enter the NHL with a youthful star around whom to construct a future. Cloutier, 23, was WHA scoring champ for Quebec Nordiques. He produced 75 goals and 74 assists to…

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Injuries Putting North Stars Talent To Test

Methodist Hospital has been like a second home for many Minnesota players thus far. BLOOMINGTON—The Minnesota North Stars easily could collect mail at this address during their training camp: Methodist Hospital, Minnesota, USA. Coach Glen Sonmor listed depth as one of the key ingredients for the 1979-80 season. It’s not going to take him long to find out if he was correct or not. At one point, the Stars had eight players out of action. The medical report went like this: • Defenseman Greg Smith, knee in a cast for two weeks, evaluation to be made to determine if surgery is necessary to correct a cartilage problem. • Winger Jack Carlson, injury to his lower back, more tests scheduled to see if surgery needed. • Winger Mike Fidler, knee in a cast for eight weeks, after a bone…