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May 10, 1991

May 10, 1991

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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AGENT FOUR ITS TO

rowing up in tiny Carman, Man…elfour dreamed of being a Chicago hawk. Now that he is, Belfour in-one. fact he officially becomes a free, Belfour expects to be back in a form next season. ill be a Group II free agent, mcanks will have the right to match any they lose Belfour. compensation 100,000 and either two first-round Bn the top seven choices or five first- to stay here and be a Blackhawk.” d. “This is where I got my start. ht be along slowly and showed a lot ce in me. They didn’t trade me.” was the biggest bargain in the NHL at a salary of $120,000. (Only Stu $100,000 made less among the elfour more than earned his salary, league with 43 wins and a 2.47 Bist average. He has already…

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COURAGEOUS SANDSTROM CAN’T STOP GUSHING OILERS

It wasn’t supposed to end this way for the Los Angeles Kings. Buoyed by the first regularseason title in their 24-year history, the Kings had planned on extending their post-season into May after failing to advance beyond the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in six previous trips. Make it seven. Even the surprising and courageous return of right winger Tomas Sandstrom to the lineup only six days after fracturing the femur bone near his right knee wasn’t enough for the Kings to get past the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division championship series. A 4-3 overtime loss in Edmonton April 28 eliminated them from the series, four games to two. It was their eighth consecutive second-round road loss since a 3-2 overtime win in Vancouver April 16, 1982. The Kings took little solace in…

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SPITFIRES CONSIDER FRONT-OFFICE MANOEUVRE

The Windsor Spitfires aren’t sure if a dismal end to a good season should to be enough to restructure the Ontario League team’s front office. The Spitfires improved from last place in the Emms Division in 1989-90 to fourth place (3329-4) this season, but team president Vince Bassman hardly gave coach Brad Smith and general manager Wayne Maxner a ringing endorsement. “We’re somewhat satisfied with the season we had,” Bassman said. “It’s true we moved from last to fourth and beat London (Knights, in the first round of the playoffs), but we’re not happy about losing four straight to Niagara Falls.” Smith’s two-year contract expires June 15. On occasions this season, Smith and Maxner had their differences and at one point, Maxner would monitor the team and Smith from directly behind the Windsor…

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JANNEY CENTER OF CUP HOPE ATTENTION

For Craig Janney and the Boston Bruins, what a difference 48 hours made. As the Adams Division title series raced toward its dramatic Game 7 climax at Boston Garden April 29, Janney and his team went from terrible to terrific in Games 4 and 5. During this season’s playoff campaign, the level of Janney’s play has been a remarkably accurate barometer of teamwide success. When the 6-foot-1, 190-pound center scored at least one point in the Bruins’ first 12 playoff games, the team had a 6-0 record. But when the 23-year-old Hartford native failed to score, Boston had a disappointing 1-5 record. When the Montreal Canadiens routed the Bruins 6-2 in Game 4 of the Adams Division final at the Forum April 23, the Bruins were no match for the Habs in skill or…