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November 29, 1991

November 29, 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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Tricks of no-trade cause for concern

Is it proper for the chairman of the board of the NHL to knowingly enter into an agreement that violates the league by-laws? Is it okay for an NHL club to delude a player and his agent into thinking they have a no-trade clause? Is it prudent for the NHL executive office to veto no-trade clauses when it permits its member clubs to negotiate them? Is there anything to stop an NHL club from honoring the spirit of a no-trade agreement even though the league has struck it down? Is it possible a court of law, if asked, would rule a no-trade agreement between the club and player is legal even though the NHL has ruled otherwise? Is the NHL’s no-trade policy a cheap facade? These are all valid questions, in light of the Toronto Star’s…

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Throw Webster to the wolves

The NHL’s latest test is how it deals with Tom Webster’s latest temper tantrum. He proved last spring that he can throw a punch when he delivered a haymaker in Doug Gilmour’s direction. He proved Nov. 16 that he can throw a stick when he launched a javelin toss in referee Kerry Fraser’s direction. Now the NHL must prove it can throw the book at Webster. The Los Angeles coach is out of control. The THN cover story curse struck for the fourth time in five weeks when Montreal lost to Washington Nov. 11. We close on Mondays, so our issue was finished but technically we hadn’t gone to press before the best defensive team of the modem era allowed four goals against the Capitals. The Canadiens were riding a three-game winless streak after we focused on…

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Johnston completes shuffle

Ed Johnston will never be mistaken as the Merchant of Venice, but he has established himself as the merchant of Hartford. With the trade of popular right winger Kevin Dineen to the Philadelphia Flyers for center Murray Craven Nov. 13, the Hartford Whalers’ general manager has completed an absolute makeover of the team in his 2½-year reign. No players remain from the 1986 team that went to the Adams Division finals, and none of the 10 all-time games played or points leaders in the 13-season NHL club history remain. Such is the master plan of Johnston. But perhaps moving such a biggame, gritty performer like Dineen will haunt the Whalers. Certainly, it was a painful departure for a popular player who had been an integral part of any success the Whalers enjoyed the past…

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Chambers let go, new Page turned

The phrase “good guys finish last” was used often in the hours following Dave Chambers’ dismissal as coach of the Quebec Nordiques. There is no doubt that the 51-year-old fits the description. But when all was said and done with the Nordiques after his Nov. 17 firing, one thing became abundantly clear: Chambers’ qualities as a person led to his demise as a coach. Nordiques’ general manager Pierre Page, who delivered the news the day after the Nordiques dropped a 6-2 decision to the Edmonton Oilers to drop to 3-14-1, replaces Chambers behind the bench. Assistant coaches Jacques Martin and Don Jackson were retained by the team. After hearing about Chambers’ dismissal, the Nordique players agreed on two points. First, they said Dave Chambers is a great man. Second, they believed he wasn’t…