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August 19, 1994

August 19, 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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Young talent coming soon to rink near you

Getting called up for a couple of late-season games means a lot more to a young player than just getting a few shifts with the big boys. Now it usually means getting a bona fide NHL card. In their efforts to leave no stones untumed-and to produce an obscene number of cards-most companies take advantage of the late-season callups to get players into their sets for the next season. A player cannot appear in an NHL uniform in a licensed set until he plays his first NHL game. There were a number of young players in that situation last season who will surface in many companies’ first series. Some of them will already have rookie cards because of their participation in World Junior Championships or Olympics, but this will be their first…

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Growth from within

The state of the Washington Capitals is good, but not perfect. There continue to be missing pieces to be filled before the project is complete. There are pluses, the foremost being coach Jim Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld replaced Terry Murray in late January and spent the next three months trying to reshape the club in the image he wanted while clawing his way into the playoffs. It took three months for Schoenfeld to complete his personnel evaluation, a step he won’t have to go through this fall. He knows the veterans and what they can do; it’s the rookies and free agents-if any-who will need a closer look. Gone is center Mike Ridley, the team’s second-leading scorer and top penalty-killer, traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for right winger Rob Pearson. General manager David Poile is…

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KEENAN CASE CLOSED

The NHL has swung the door closed on Keenan-gate. Commissioner Gary Bettman put an unexpectedly quick end to the bizarre 10-day Mike Keenan affair after a secret meeting July 24 at league headquarters in New York. Bettman fined the St. Louis Blues, their new coach-general manager Keenan (who also received a 60-day suspension) and, to a lesser extent, the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings. He also approved a one-sided, compensatory trade between the Blues and Rangers. Highly regarded young center Petr Nedved was sent to the Rangers in return for veterans Esa Tikkanen, a center, and Doug Lidster, a defenseman. “The commissioner has spoken,” said Blues’ president Jack Quinn. “We would do it again, but with guidance from higher authorities. I don’t think anyone was displeased with the outcome.” Bettman found the Blues…

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QUOTABLE

“Wie aren’t running around in white jackets hallucinating in the hall. We’re running a business here.” –St Louis Blues’ president Jack Quinn, reinforcing the team’s plan. Page 7. ‘I’ll be willing to take a lesser salary. How much do beer, cigars and peanuts cost anyway? I don 7 need much to have fun.” –Retiring Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilrea. looking forward to a reduced role. Page 49.…