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March 10, 1989

March 10, 1989

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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‘WHATEVER IT TAKES, I’M WILLING TO DO IT’

Minnesota North Star center Dave Gagner is a classic late bloomer. The 24-year-old native of Chatham, Ont., was 8-H-19 in 51 games with the North Stars last season and 16-10-26 with Kalamazoo of the International League. But after 56 games, Gagner led Minnesota in scoring with 29-26-55 totals. “It almost does feel like another life,” said Gagner. “And it feels great.” The New York Rangers’ first-round pick, 12th overall in 1983, has finally fulfilled his potential. But it is the Stars, who acquired him Oct. 8, 1987, with right winger Jay Caufield for defensemen Jari Gronstrand and Paul Boutilier, who have benefitted. THN: What’s the difference between the Dave Gagner of today and the one who didn’t make the Rangers? DG: I’ve gotten a little stronger, a little faster and a little more confident. I…

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L.A.’S FUTURE IS NOW AFTER HRUDEY DEAL

Los Angeles King owner Bruce McNall believes his Stanley Cup jigsaw puzzle is nearly complete. The latest piece was added Feb. 22, when the Kings obuined 28-year-old goalie Kelly Hrudey in a trade with the New York Islanders. L.A. gave up two 20-year-olds, goalie Mark Fitzpatrick and defenseman Wayne McBean. Since the trade for Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushel-nyski Aug. 9, the Kings have added John Tonelli, Steve Kasper, Doug Crossman, Dale DeGray, Igor Liba, Jay Miller, Tim Watters, and reacquired Dean Kennedy. “You’ve got to surround him (Gretzky) with players who can get you the Cup. What a waste it would be to have Gretzky and all the other players we have acquired, and, for whatever reasons, not win the Stanley Cup,” said McNall. The Kings may not be done yet.…

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GLYNN HOPES TO STICK WITH FLAMES

Brian Glynn’s lost season began in training camp. It all started when Jamie Macoun—who spent all of last season recovering from a car accident—returned to the team and bumped him off the Calgary Flames’ roster. Three weeks later, Glynn separated his shoulder playing for the Flames’ Salt Lake farm team in the International League and missed the next three months. Not only had he lost his job, but he also lost any chance to win it back. “It was frustrating,” said Glynn. “The injury didn’t help things at all.” Glynn got a second chance when the Flames’ lost Gary Suter for at least a. month after suffering a ruptured appendix Feb. 23. While Glynn realized his chances of replacing a regular defenseman are slim, he’s determined to make the most of his stay with…

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BABE TAKES HIS LICKS AS STARS’ GRINDER

A dozen games into his NHL career, Warren Babe displayed one particular talent. He’d shown an uncanny ability to provoke opponents. Last season, Montreal goaltender Patrick Roy whacked Babe across the back of the leg with his stick to earn an eight-game suspension and end Babe’s pro season after only 11 days. This season, Pittsburgh superstar Mario Lemieux didn’t like being banged against the boards roughly in a 2-1 loss to the North Stars Feb. 21, so he dropped Babe with a spear to the stomach that went undetected. “With my style of play, I’m bound to attract some attention,” Babe said. “I’m bound to get a few sticks.” Babe is supposed to be a hitter, a grinder and a bumper. That’s why the North Stars chose the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder in the first round (12th…