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October 4, 1991

October 4, 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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BRUINS

CENTER COMES UP ROSES… When the Bruins picture a perfect 1991-92 campaign, it’s a very Rosie picture, indeed. In the weeks before training camp, several area NHL stars gathered regularly for informal workouts at Boston University. Plenty of top talent was on hand, the likes of Pittsburgh’s Kevin Stevens, Hartford’s John Cullen, the Rangers’ Brian Leetch and many of the Bruins. But for many on-lookers, the most talented player on the ice was a guy yet to prove himself in the NHL: Bruins’ center Vladimir (Rosie) Ruzicka. In speed, stickhandling and shooting—and especially playmaking creativity—the 28-year-old Czech rather obviously had the ability to do just about as he pleased against top competition. In a handful of games last season, he showed he could do the same during real games, too, getting six mostly-spectacular goals…

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CANADIENS

HEALTHY ROY SPELLS SUCCESS… As they are every season, the Montreal Canadiens are a Stanley Cup contender this year. Stanley Cup drives begin with goaltending and the Habs have arguably the league’s best in Patrick Roy. Though he’s coming off what was an injury-plagued season for the 25-year-old, he doesn’t have a history of being hurt. In the best case scenario, a healthy Roy at the peak of his game translates into the worst case scenario for the Canadiens’ opponents. Roy posted some impressive numbers last season playing behind a green defense which should only get better with another year’s experience. In the best case scenario, Eric Desjardins will blossom into one of the league’s best two-way defensemen, a step he appears to have already taken with his strong play in the Canada Cup. Mathieu Schneider, with…

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DESTINATION 100

Could St. Louis Blues’ shootist Brett Hull score 100 times this season? Of course. And it wouldn’t take divine intervention or a rash of goal tender deaths. Hull simply has to be himself—a relentless, ever-improving offensive force on a team determined to get the most from him. “There is a very good chance he could break any record he goes for as a goal scorer,” Detroit Red Wings coach and general manager Bryan Murray said last season. How about 100 goals? “I don’t think it’s out of the question,” Blues center Adam Oates said. “A lot of things can happen,” Hull said. “Personally, I don’t think I can do it. But you never know.” Blues’ GM Ron Caron believes Hull could reach that plateau this season or next. “When I first said he could one day score…

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FLAMES

THEO, MIKE KEEP ON ROLLING… The Calgary Flames have averaged 100 points every season for the past seven and if things go right again, they should be able to achieve a minimum of that many points again. First and foremost, they need Joe Nieuwendyk to get an absolutely, positively clean bill of health from the team’s doctors. Nieuwendyk injured his left knee twice in the past 14 months and even though the early indications were that he would be ready for the start of the season, there’s always a fear that a third time could be unlucky. The Flames require two things from Nieuwendyk: The 45 goals he produces on an annual basis and his leadership. His performance in last year’s playoffs suggests that this year, he emerges as the complete player…