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February 26, 1993

February 26, 1993

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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Injured opportunist Millen still waiting to get better

Corey Millen has hardly been responsible for the Los Angeles Kings’ crash from first place in the Smythe Division in mid-December to fourth two months later. But it isn’t coincidental’the Kings’ performances began to deteriorate when the shifty 5-foot-8 center went on the shelf with a groin strain. Millen last played Dec. 19, when a loss in Calgary dropped the Kings into a first-place tie with the Flames. The Kings were 4-15-3 sans Millen. A 10-3 loss to Washington Feb. 13 left the Kings with a 24-25-7 record-the first time since Feb. 6, 1992 they had been sub-.500. “When I got hurt, things were going well,” said Millen, who had 20 goals and 31 points in 30 games. “The team was winning and there was a good atmosphere. Now it’s seven weeks later and…

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Dancing man Hogue struts stuff on and off ice

You get the feeling Benoit Hogue is just getting going. In his second season with the New York Islanders and sixth in the NHL, Hogue is heading full throttle toward stardom. Hogue had 25 goals and 55 points through 48 games, a pace that will lift him above last year’s career highs of 30 goals and 75 points. Pure, raw speed is the essence of Hogue’s game. This is what the Islanders expected when they got Hogue in the trade that sent Pat Lafontaine to Buffalo last season. After four seasons with the Sabres, Hogue was an undeveloped and unappreciated talent. “Hogie is twice the player now that he was in Buffalo,” said Uwe Krupp, who, along with Pierre Turgeon, came to the Islanders in the December, 1991 deal. “He has so much…

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SENATORS

When it comes to the work of the guys in black and white, Ottawa Senators’ left winger Mike Peluso is seeing red. Peluso, last year’s NHL penalty minute leader while with the Chicago Blackhawks, figures referees watch him a little closer while they look the other way when it comes to the Hague’s better players, such as Eric Lindros. “It seems to me the refs are lenient with some players because they are the elite of the league,” Peluso said Feb. 10, a day after the Senators lost 8-1 to Lindros and the Philadelphia Flyers. “To a degree, it seems a guy like Lindros can get away with doing anything he wants. If I did the same stuff. I’d be in the box and the other team would be on the power play. “(Lindros)…

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BLUELINES

League insiders insist that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was less than pleased after reading the fine print of the league’s five-year, $80 million contract with the ESPN network. The pact, reached before this season, was completed long before he took office Feb. 1. One source said Bettman has requested changes to the deal. Bettman would not comment on the deal, but Diane Lamb of ESPN told Bluelines, “There are no anticipated problems in the future.” Through early February, ESPN’s overall NHL rating per game for 15 televised games was 0.9 (554,000 homes). Industry sources describe that figure as what the network would get for a reasonably attractive college basketball game. The deal also includes five playoff games on ABC, which owns ESPN. No promos NBC-TV’s treatment of the recent All-Star Game has…