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October 5, 1990

October 5, 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.

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1990-91 NHL SCHEDULE

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DO RANGERS HAVE ENOUGH MUSCLE?

Let us answer a question with a question: Yes, the New York Rangers are tough enough, but at what cost? With the Rangers, the toughness question is never very far from the surface. It was a worry a year ago when rookie general manager Neil Smith and his new head coach, Roger Neilson, rushed to put together a team comprised of virtual strangers. It will remain a concern this season. The difference is the Rangers have an assortment of options they can use to flex their muscles. They could, in fact, put a very tough team on the ice but it might have considerable difficulty accomplishing anything other than playing tough. “Every team,” Neilson says, “is looking for the right mix and ours is no exception. If certain individuals perform well enough to make…

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CAN THIS YOUNG PUP WIN THE NORRIS TROPHY?

Montreal Canadiens’ general manager Serge Savard, who isn’t given to overstatement, said this on June 29 when he traded defenseman Chris Chelios to the Chicago Blackhawks for center Denis Savard: “I made the right move for the team; we feel Mathieu Schneider will replace Chelios.” Coming from another general manager’s mouth, a comment like that could be passed off as wishful thinking. But Savard blows the horn of his own prospects so infrequently that whenever he does, people in Montreal listen. The last time he sounded such sweet notes about a player was in 1984, when he described a can’t miss prospect on the U.S. Olympic team. Some guy with a Greek name: Chelios. Savard trades in horses when he isn’t busy trading his own players; he has come to appreciate good breeding.…

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WHO IS THE SMARTEST MAN IN ALL OF HOCKEY?

The first question out of a Czechoslovakian reporter’s mouth in Austria in mid-September was, “Why are you, Mr. Sather, smarter than the other people in the National Hockey League?” Why? You only had to go back 24 hours, dinnertime at the Alba Weisler Hotel in downtown Graz. Glen Sather was doing what he does best—serving up a deal. “Okay, who wants to see Pavarotti at the Vienna Opera House? Only 1900 schillings. Only $190 a ticket,” pitched the Edmonton Oilers’ general manager. Going table to table, he soon had 26 people who said yes, and this after admitting, “Okay, I’m not absolutely sure it’s going to be Pavarotti. It may be somebody else. “Obviously this is a guy who knows what he’s doing. Watching Sather get 26 ayes for opera was a…