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March 9, 1990

March 9, 1990

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.

COLUMNS

MOGILNY STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

There are no easy answers to Alex Mogilny. He was a mystery to those in the motherland and he remains so to those in a strange land. Mogilny, himself, provides few clues. He will speak, but is reluctant to reveal too much of himself. Safely locked away, with some notable exceptions, are his innermost thoughts. Fact is, he probably doesn’t have the capacity to release them in the English language. It is Saturday, Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m., and Mogilny submits to the first-known English-language interview in weeks. Are you happy in Buffalo? “Yeah, I’m fine.“ Do you like it there? “Buffalo, it’s okay.“ Do you feel isolated? “No, I’m fine. I’m okay.“ The previous night, Mogilny returned to the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup after sitting out six games. Fear of flying grounded him. Then he returned. Mogilny scored…

THE NHL

POULIN TRADE PAYING HANDSOME DIVIDENDS

Trading Ken Linseman for Dave Poulin, the Boston Bruins believed. would make them a more balanced team. The Bruins gave the Philadelphia Flyers a proven offensive player in Linseman, and in return, got a guy whose production had slipped, but who remained a very useful checking line center (for more on the Poulin trade see page 8). In 16 games with his new team, the 31-year-old Poulin had given the Bruins exactly the sort of tenacious defensive work they expected—and much more. “We knew he’d give us pretty good production,“ said coach Mike Mil- bury. “We didn’t know how good.“ As the Bruins neared the end of a remarkable road trip Feb. 26 in New York against the Rangers—a trip on which they lost their first game 3-2 in Winnipeg Feb. 14, then won…

THE NHL

MURRAY SHINES WITH OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY

There was a time last season when the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t want Bob Murray. Now it’s hard to imagine where they’d be without the 15-year veteran defenseman. The 35-year-old Murray has become a semi-regular in the Hawks’ lineup, and in key wins Feb. 20 against St. Louis (8-3) and Feb. 25 k against Philadelphia (4-1), he was one of coach Mike Keenan’s best players. “Bob Murray’s playing well, period,“ Keenan said. “That’s why we’re using him on the power play and as a regular. He’s a real contributor right now. He’s playing well in terms of moving the puck out of our zone, and he’s playing well 1-on-l.“ Interestingly, it was Keenan who almost ended Murray’s career prior to the 1988-89 season by sending him to the minors. At first Murray didn’t report…

THE NHL

TOCCHET CHASES ELUSIVE 100-POINT MARK

Since 1975-76, when current general manager Bob Clarke earned H9 points, the Philadelphia Flyers have failed to produce a 100-point scorer. That may all change this season, thanks to right winger Rick Tocchet. With 80 points (33 goals and 47 assists) in the Flyers’ first 64 games, Tocchet was on pace to reach the elusive plateau. He was on pace to finish with 42 goals and 60 assists for 102 points in 75 games. The Flyers have come close to the century mark several times since Clarke accomplished the feat. Brian Propp got 96 points in 1984-85 and 97 in 1985-86, Tim Kerr registered 98 in 1984-85 and Rick MacLeish totalled 97 in 1976-77. Tocchet is likely to surpass those marks but he said he’ll have to remain consistent for the remainder…