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November 23, 1990

November 23, 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.

THE NHL

HOME BOYS GET OFFENSIVE ON ROAD

Bryan Murray kept warning his players that if they didn’t change their ways, he would changes some faces. The Detroit Red Wings’ coach and general manager decided it was time to stir the pot after returning from a disastrous, pointless four-game road trip in which they were outscored 22-7 and fell below .500 (7-8-3) for the first time in a month. “We’ve got to do something,” he said. He started Nov. 11 by recalling three players from Adirondack, including the American League’s top two scorers—center John Chabot (1019-29 in 14 games) and left winger Tom Bissett (16-11-27 in 16 games)—and defenseman Yves Racine. He withheld announcing demotions pending trade talks. He was still shopping for a right winger, and planned to make a pitch for Buffalo’s Mike Foligno, who began his career in…

DEPARTMENTS

BALDWIN STEPPING ASIDE WHILE STARS, SHARKS AND NHL SETTLE DISPUTE

An already tarnished NHL image ducked another direct hit recently when Howard Baldwin reconsidered plans to work for the San Jose Sharks. Several weeks ago in Los Angeles, Baldwin, brief owner of the Minnesota North Stars and co-author of the agreement that lets the Sharks feed in the Minnesota talent pool next June, said he was going to work for San Jose. “I’m out of hockey as far as the day-to-day operation of a team goes,’’ Baldwin said. “It’s time to move on with my life. I intend to make my home here (in Los Angeles) but after some details are cleared up with Norman Green, I’ll work as a consultant, maybe a director, with the San Jose team.” Since that conversation, the dispute between George and Gordon Gund and Green—North Stars’ owners…

IN THIS ISSUE

WATT JOINS FIRING LINE

Unlike most 54-year-oldprofessionals, Tom Watt won’t be devastated if he gets fired. He’ll simply pack up and move to a new city. The Toronto Maple Leaf coach has been in the business for 33 years and remains philosophical about it. “We all go down the drain sooner or later. Eventually, we’re all going to get it. But there are a lot of places to coach, to earn a living,” he said. Watt was central to the first NHL coaching change of the season, replacing Doug Carpenter Oct. 26. In the days when Watt was starting out as coach, the profession was far more stable. Not anymore. Watt became the 150th coach hired to be fired since 1979-80, when the NHL expanded to 21 teams. That’s an average of more than seven coaches per team. Both the Leafs…

IN THIS ISSUE

NEXT WEEK

An analysis of college hockey’s best rivalries. We’ll look at the top match-ups in each of the four Division I schools including Michigan/Michigan State and Boston College/Boston University. After winning the Memorial Cup in 1989, Kimbi Daniels and the Swift Current Broncos went through a transition period last season. Now they’ve turned it around and are shooting for the top again. A full analysis of the NHL expansion puzzle. We’ll look at what cities will be the winners in the expansion lottery and why, and what the future holds.…