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April 12, 1991

April 12, 1991

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The Buffalo Sabres didn’t just have surprises and disappointments this season. More often then not, they had shocks and disasters. A team that was picked by many to wm the Adams Division and perhaps advance to the Stanley Cup final, can now only achieve one of the two forecasts. Anything can happen in the playoffs, but somehow finishing first in the Adams seemed a more reasonable goal. Instead the Sabres finished third and needed a closing rush (6-2-2) to secure that position. Buffalo ended its season one game above.500 (31-3019) with 81 points, a far cry from the 98 of a season ago. The team also set a club and league record for the most ties (19) since the advent of the five-minute overtime period. But in the midst of their mediocrity, some Sabres had surprisingly…



Last season, Kevin Todd was overshadowed by teammate Paul Ysebaert—who had an MVP season. This season, Todd erased Ysebaert’s name from the Utica Devils’ record book and may succeed him as the American League’s MVP. While the Devils struggled through a season of inconsistency, Todd has been consistently superior. After scoring only 18 goals and 54 points last season, Todd entered the season with a renewed commitment. He has romped away with the AHL’s scoring title and emerged as the league’s best player. Here’s the rundown of the AHL’s top 10 players: 1. Kevin Todd, Utica Devils, C, 22, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds. Third-year pro drafted by New Jersey in the sixth round (129th overall) in 1986. Todd, who works continuously, is the likely choice as the AHL’s MVP. With one week remaining in the regular…



The 1990-91 season was a forgettable one for the Montreal Canadiens. There were certainly more disappointments than pleasant surprises. There was little in the way of individual accomplishment and the team finished with less than 90 points for the first time in six years. It’s interesting to note however, that the last time the club failed to break the 90-point barrier was 1986. The Canadiens went on to win their 23rd Stanley Cup that spring. Serge Savard’s performance as general manager ranks as the team’s biggest disappointment this season. Savard got off to a bad start this season with the Denis Savard-for-Chris Chelios trade. While the final numbers won’t reveal that the deal was one-sided, the fact remains Chicago went on to win the regular season title while the Habs struggled to stand still. Savard was also…



The Kingston Frontenacs vow to continue rebuilding with youth. They just won’t have their youthful mentor. First-year coach Randy Hall was fired March 24, nine days after the Frontenacs completed their second worst season in franchise history. “Randy lacked qualities of leadership and discipline,” Frontenacs’ president Bob Attersley said. “We have a young hockey team. We needed someone who could guide them. From what I saw, the leadership could have been better.” Kingston had nine rookies this season and struggled to a 15-47-4 record, last place in the Leyden Division. The Frontenacs lost 21 of their last 23 games. “We had a divide in the team,” Hall said. “The 10 veteran players never really welcomed the rookies. And there was a difference in philosophy between (general manager) Wren Blair and myself. It couldn’t have…