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September 4, 1992

September 4, 1992

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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Ice gods will make Aubut pay for fiasco

Thoughts during a fading summer: □ I truly believe in hockey curses and remain convinced the ice gods will vent their wrath on Marcel Aubut for his double-dealing with Eric Lindros. As a result, Mike Ricci will be average, at best. Ron Hextail will pout, Kerry Huffman will be Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne will be a sieve and the Nordiques will go south again, out of the playoffs. □ Lawyer Gil Stein’s cross-continent cavalcade is a demonstration of chutzpuh to the maximum. The man is making the most blatant run at the commissionership imaginable. And more power to him. Everything he has said is right on. Considering his knowledge of the league, his energy and insights. Gil should get the job. P S. He’ll be better than anyone the headhunters could possibly…

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Extra cash puts team in mood to open wallet

The St. Louis Blues raised ticket prices for the upcoming season and they tried diligently in the Foff-season to put the extra revenue to work. They explored trade possibilities for right winger Esa Tikkanen of the cost-conscious Edmonton Oilers and they made a pitch for Teemu Selanne, who was signed for $2.7 million over three years by the Winnipeg Jets. “We had some discussions with Edmonton, which kind of stopped,” said Blues’ president Jack Quinn. “The reason it stopped is Washington hit (Oilers’ general manager Glen Sather) for Dave Manson at $4.2 million, which they matched. The Tikkanen thing cooled down after that.” The Blues were interested in Selanne before he signed a free-agent offer sheet with Calgary, which Winnipeg matched. And they are still interested if the Jets decide to trade him. “Ron…

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Over 30 and out of work? Thanks, but no thanks

By his own count, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Terry Crisp sent out 31 letters during a 72-hour period in the second-last week of August. All were mailed to NHL players who had called looking for work. All included the same disheartening message: Thanks but no thanks. NHL players made many significant strides following last season’s strike but there was one significant downside. Many marginal, thirtysomething hockey players had suddenly found themselves out of work. Apparently, just about every NHL team made the same decision this summer: Yes, they would reward their star players with salaries in the high six- or low seven-figures. After all, they’re the players who will attract fans. But what of the players at the other end of the spectrum? One NHL general manager estimated 150 termination contracts were handed out…

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Ftorek feels content with switch

Last summer, Robbie Ftorek set up an interview with New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello to discuss the Devils’ coaching vacancy in Utica. He ended up with a three-year contract, not for the American League job but as an NHL assistant in New Jersey to Tom McVie. But this year, Ftorek will have the job he originally interviewed for. Ftorek was named the Utica coach in early August, ending about two months of speculation after Herb Brooks was promoted to be head coach in New Jersey. “Herb wanted to bring in his own people and they asked me to go down there and work with the kids,” said Ftorek, who will be starting his third tour of duty as an AHL coach. “The job as coach in the minor leagues is to teach more…