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April 22, 1994

April 22, 1994

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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Schoenfeld goes bananas over misguided play

The NHL’s computer schedule cut the Washington Capitals a stretch-drive break, but the team was having a hard time taking advantage of it. Five of the Capitals’ last seven games were at home. Two of the last four were against the Ottawa Senators and another was against the Winnipeg Jets. Still, the Capitals’ quest for a 12th straight playoff spot was a struggle. The team lost three in a row, including two at home and one in Ottawa. Washington snapped the skid with an 8-4 victory over the Senators April 9. Coach Jim Schoenfeld said the players weren’t channeling their efforts effectively. “Sometimes guys work hard and get nothing accomplished,” Schoenfeld said. “No matter how hard you work, you can’t open a can of beans with a banana. You might be sincere and work…

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You think hockey is saturated? Try baseball

Hockey card collectors have long complained that there is too much product out there. They aren’t about to get any sympathy from their baseball brethren. “There were 65 different boxes of 1993 baseball cards,” said Carlsbad, Calif.-based dealer Jay McCrackin. “This year I’m at 27 or 28 and we could end up with 80 to 100 boxes. We will end up with 20 to 25 products just from Leaf.” McCrackin, a former Upper Deck executive, is among the many who believe the baseball card market is crowded, despite manufacturers’ best efforts to reduce production. Some companies are announcing production runs, such as Donruss with its pledge to issue 17,500 cases. Others have also cut their runs. “The sum total doesn’t equal the peak production of 1990-91,” said Pete Williams, collectibles’ columnist for Baseball Weekly.…

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Joe returns good as new for shot at Stanley’s mug

He made his return a little behind schedule-the original prognosis was only three to four weeks-but Joe Nieuwendyk did meet his primary objective of getting back in the Calgary Flames’ lineup before the end of the regular season. After missing 17 games with a tom medial collateral ligament in his right knee, Nieuwendyk returned for games against the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings in the second week of April. The Flames’ captain was centering a line with Michael Nylander on the left side and Theo Fleury on the right and the unit looked like a keeper. Nieuwendyk said the big adjustment was getting used to game situations after two weeks of practices. “There’s a lot to think of when you’re out there,” Nieuwendyk said, “and over a six- or seven-week absence, you…