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September 15, 1995

September 15, 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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Samuelsson fills huge void on Rangers’ timid blueline

Luc Robitaille’s name will get higher billing on the Madison Square Garden marquee. But Ulf Samuelsson is the player the New York Rangers believe will help them all get their names back on the Stanley Cup. Clearly, Rangers’ president-GM Neil Smith was managing with the Messier Mandate—win now and worry about the future after the captain is gone—when he acquired 29-year-old Robitaille and 31-year-old Samuelsson for far younger players Sergei Zubov, 25, and Petr Nedved, 23. The deal was completed Aug. 31. “I think we have one of the greatest players in the history of the league in Mark Messier,” Smith said. “And it’s no secret what his age is—it’s on his birth certificate. “We certainly want to give Mark as great an opportunity and surround him with players that will give him…

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Patrick says Zubov could ‘get 100 points with us’

Sergei Zubov wouldn’t have to look hard to find a team he could help. There are 26 of them in the NHL. He is, after all, a high-impact talent, a defenseman whose scoring stats dwarf those of many forwards. That is why the Pittsburgh Penguins were so pleased to get Zubov, along with enigmatic center Petr Nedved, from the New York Rangers for defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and left winger Luc Robitaille Aug. 31. “Zubov is a premier offensive defenseman,” said Penguins’ GM Craig Patrick. “He’s what we’ve been looking for.” The void Pittsburgh is counting on Zubov to fill opened July 8 when the Penguins dealt power-play quarterback Larry Murphy to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Dmitri Mironov. “I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if (Zubov) gets 100 points with us,” Patrick said. Zubov, 25,…

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McSween going to camp, but won’t be ready to play

Defenseman Don McSween will take to the ice with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on the first day of training camp drills, less than eight months after his right wrist was slashed by a skate blade in a game against the Winnipeg Jets. That doesn’t mean McSween is ready to play in the NHL again. He suffered nine severed tendons and two severed nerves in the accident and recovery typically takes a full year after surgery. McSween had surgery Jan. 24. “I’ve got a ways to go, but I’ve still got a chance to play again,” McSween said. “I’m going to come to camp and do what I can. They said I didn’t have to, but my feeling is out of sight, out of mind. I want to make sure I’m there…

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Witt won’t be Cap savior, more likely a goal-saver

This is the time of the season where every newcomer on the blueline is the next Rod Langway. If the Washington Capitals are even close to that level with rookie Brendan Witt, they will consider themselves very lucky. Witt will be on hand when the Capitals begin drills, just as he was during the past two camps until contract difficulties kept him away. The two-time, Western League allstar from the Seattle Thunderbirds is expected to be a dominant NHL defenseman someday, but coach Jim Schoenfeld cautions against rushing anything. “We’ve got to be careful,” he said. “Brendan is a rookie, he’s going to make mistakes, go through growing pains. We think he’s going to be real good, maybe even a great player, but that will be determined by him.” Witt didn’t play at all…