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September 26, 1986

September 26, 1986

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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Was There Ever Any Doubt That Leafs, B’s Would Lose?

THE LOUSE THAT roared—Harold Ballard—is again making a lot of noise about a lot of nothing. The system didn’t beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, as Ballard so loudly intimated. Neither did John Ziegler, Judge Ed Houston, Bob Pulford or anyone else involved in the recent arbitration hearing involving the signing of free agent Gary Nylund. In this case, as is usually the case, the Leafs beat themselves. They shot for the moon. but instead wound up shooting themselves in the skate. If Windbag Ballard is to be upset with anyone, he should be upset with himself, or with general manager. Gerry McNamara—or both. He should be upset with whomever decided to submit the name of Ed Olczyk as fair and equal compensation for the Blackhawks’ signing of Nylund. Trading Olczyk for Nylund would have been…

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Billy D In Tough At Center With Winnipeg

WINNIPEG—On the eve of the opening of training camp. Bill Derlago was skating hard, knowing that his contract (and maybe time) is running out. “This is new to me,” he said, describing the feeling he has playing out his option. “Believe me. I don’t want to play anywhere else. I’ve had enough moving. This is a good town.” Derlago, 28, did receive a contract offer from the Winnipeg Jets, his fourth National Hockey League team. The length of the contract suited him. but he cringed when he saw the figures. “My agent and I decided it wasn’t good enough.” he said. “But it hasn’t affected my attitude. 1 want to play. I think 1 can still play.” Sixty-three other players were just as interested in playing for the Jets as training camp opened. But…

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QMJHL SCHEDULE

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Smith Understands Assistant’s Role

EAST RUTHERFORD—Ron Smith arrived for training camp like an eager young child waiting for the doors to swing open for the first day of school. The Devils’ workaholic coach, Doug Carpenter, now has a workaholic assistant. Smith has been there before, as an assistant coach with Toronto, Buffalo and Vancouver, but he seems especially eager to join forces with Carpenter. The two young coaches, who teamed up to guide Team Canada to a silver medal at the 1985 World Championships in Prague, have a notebook of new ideas they plan to unveil. “One of the reasons I wanted someone with NHL experience is I want some new ideas,” said Carpenter. “I feel Ron fits the bill perfectly of what was needed by the Devils. No. 1 is his experience and No. 2…