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February 17, 1995

February 17, 1995

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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Galley regains happiness after signing new contract

Many people thought Garry Galley wanted out of Philadelphia last spring as the Flyers’ season crumbled around them. He expressed dissatisfaction about the way the team was run. The conflict was alleviated during the off-season when coach Terry Simpson and GM Russ Farwell were tired. Galley never asked for a trade and the Flyers, short on experienced defensemen, weren’t about to make one. Instead, president-GM Bob Clarke continued contract negotiations with Galley, who was headed for unrestricted free agency. The 31-year-old Galley agreed to a three-year contract Jan. 28. The deal, according to agent Ron Salcer, is for slightly more than $1 million per year. “I always wanted to be here,” Galley said. “It was never an issue. Sometimes, you do things and you make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean you don’t want to…

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MacLean signed; eight left

There was never any debate the New Jersey Devils had to re-sign John MacLean and make him the team’s second millionaire in the process. Eleven years after he was drafted in the first round from his hometown Oshawa Generals, the 30-year-old right winger ranked as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (712), goals (280) and points (561). He had come to signify everything positive in an organization which experienced its ups and downs. Facing a list of 12 players in the final year of their contracts, general manager Lou Lamoriello made MacLean his top priority. On Jan. 31, MacLean became one of four Devils to re-sign when he agreed to a four-year deal worth almost $7 million. His annual salary rose to $1.5 million, second on the team behind Scott Stevens…

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Houda fills support role

The acquisition of defenseman Doug Houda in the off-season hardly was a blockbuster. But Doug Who has become a good fit. “I thought he could bring elements to our team that we needed,” said coach-general manager John Muckler. “He’s a gritty player. He can fit into any system, especially a defensive one like we have here.” Muckler had to make a move because he lost a gritty player in Randy Moller as a free agent to the Florida Panthers. He was one of the few hitters the Sabres had on defense. Houda liked the fit as well. After stops in Detroit, Hartford and Los Angeles, he thought Buffalo might give him that real chance. “I watched the team in the playoffs last year,” he said. “They wanted to win. When you don’t it’s not…

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Friesen off to pleasin’ start

Add San Jose Sharks’ center Jeff Friesen to the NHL rookie-of-the-year race. The 11th overall pick in last June’s draft, Friesen has been a clutch performer for the Sharks, seeing regular duty on both special teams and at the end of close games. “He has been playing with a lot of poise,” coach Kevin Constantine said of Friesen who, at 19, is the youngest player in the NHL. “He makes smart plays and he isn’t afraid to skate against some the best players in the league.” Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Paul Kariya and Quebec Nordiques’ Peter Forsberg were the Calder Trophy favorites entering the season. Kariya led rookie scorers with seven points after seven games and Forsberg had four points in five games. Friesen had two points after six games, but had narrowly…