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February 2, 1996

February 2, 1996

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.

NHLTEAMS

McSween inching his way back

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defenseman Don McSween had to go to the minor leagues to get the best news he has had in a year. McSween, 31, is attempting to come back after suffering severe nerve damage in his right hand when his wrist was slashed by a skate blade last season. When management sent him to its American League affiliate, the Baltimore Bandits, the idea was to ease McSween toward the reality he might face. “I went down there with the idea that this might be it,” said McSween, who was recalled by Anaheim just before the all-star break. But he got a good report from Baltimore coach Walt Kyle and played solidly during his stint with the team. “I think I am going to be a player who can contribute,” McSween said.…

NHL TEAMS

Well-balanced team play has Hawks looking lethal

So what has gotten into the Chicago Blackhawks alter being one of the NHL’s most inconsistent teams for two months? “I have no idea because I didn’t know what was going wrong,” said defenseman Chris Chelios. The Blackhawks went on an 11-3-2 run entering the all-star break to look more like the team that advanced to the Western Conference final last spring. A 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 15 had the Blackhawks sitting at 12-12-7, then two things happened: goalie Jeff Hackett got hot and center Bernie Nicholls returned from seven weeks on the injured list to spark the offense. “We’re on course for where we need to be,” said coach Craig Hartsburg. “But I still think there are a couple of levels we need to play at come March and then…

IN THIS ISSUE

THE TRADE: NO. 99 OUTSCORES ALL FIVE PLAYERS BY HIMSELF

Wayne Gretzky has produced more NHL points since his trade/sale from the Edmonton Oilers to Los Angeles Kings than all five players who ended up going the other way. No. 99 has outscored center Jimmy Carson, left winger Martin Gelinas, left winger Jason Miller, left winger Martin Rucinsky and defenseman Nick Stajduhar combined. Gretzky had 904 points in 523 games with the Kings as of the 1996 NHL all-star break; the five had 694 in 1,091 total games. Gretzky had earned almost as many assists (660) as they did points. Carson and Gelinas came directly from the Kings in 1988. Miller (1989), Rucinsky (1991) and Stajduhar (1993) were first-round choices. Miller was chosen by the New Jersey Devils after getting the pick in a trade for defenseman Corey Foster. Of the five players who…

NHL TEAMS

Millen gets his chance

Corey Millen saw his trade to the Calgary Flames as an opportunity for a fresh start. It didn’t matter he was the “other player” coming to Calgary in the deal with the Dallas Stars for productive center Joe Nieuwendyk. Everyone knew prospect Jarome Iginla was the player for whom the Flames were really trading. And it didn’t matter that he was acquired for a player as popular as Nieuwendyk; that was old hat. When Millen went to Dallas from the New Jersey Devils last February, he was traded for Stars’ icon Neal Broten. The only thing that mattered was getting the opportunity to play, something he wasn’t getting in Dallas. “I just wanted to come in and get some ice time and see where it took me,” Millen said. “They’re giving me an opportunity…