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October 9, 1998

October 9, 1998

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.


Canucks’ camp gets under way with no Bure, no No. 1 goalie

Pavel Bure has such a knack for being the center of attention that he can grab the spotlight when he’s not even visible. The Vancouver Canucks’ right winger, who has a year left on his contract for roughly $8 mil-lion (U.S.), backed his off-season demand for a trade by staying away from training camp. With Bure on his way out, it means a promo-tion to the top hne for Alexander Mogilny. It also means an endless stream of speculation on what the Canucks might receive for Bure and when they might receive it. Here’s a brief look at other camp developments: Job opening No. 1 goalie. The Canucks did not have a proven No. 1 man entering camp. Garth Snow, a career backup, was trying to prove management wrong while Corey Hirsch was in…


Legwand’s progress stalled as prospect contracts mono

Early in training camp, the Nashville Predators wanted to see center David Legwand get stronger. Now they just want him to get healthier. Legwand, the second overall pick in the 1998 entry draft, was sent home Sept. 23 when it was discovered he had mononucleosis. Prior to the illness, the 18-year-old had shown flashes in the offensive end, but struggled with some of the physical play in front of the net and was likely headed back to junior. The ailment may also put contract negotiations on the backburner; the two sides had wanted a deal done by Oct. 10. Here’s a brief look at other camp developments: Job opening First line center. Tom Fitzgerald is the most likely candidate. He spent a lot of time at wing in the preseason, but that was largely to…


Kariya s return to action reinforces positive vibes

Given Paul Kariya’s three-month bout with post-concussion syndrome and his history of four concussions, there is legitimate concern in the hockey community he is one severe concussion away from an early end to an already brilliant career. Kariya, however, denies being apprehensive. “Not at all,” he said during the first week of training camp. “Why should I be? I got medical clearance to play.” But after his first exhibition game, against the Calgary Flames, Kariya conceded: “It’s good to get it over with. I took some pretty good shots to the head. It was a good test…This just reinforces everything is fine.” Here’s a brief look at other camp developments: Job opening Back-up goalie. With the loss of Mikhail Shtalenkov to Nashville, former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Patrick Lalime was the frontrunner for the job…


Warriors hope ratings soar with Nielsen behind bench

The Moose Jaw Warriors’ Nielsen ratings are soaring following a successful Western League pre-season. Moose Jaw compiled a 5-1-0 exhibition record under first-year coach Len Nielsen, who replaced Al Tuer Aug. 18. “I’m really excited about the year,” said Warriors’ right winger Dustin Paul. “We’ve got a fresh new start with a new coaching staff, new ideas, new perspectives and a new outlook. I’m excited to be a part of it.” The Warriors went 23-39-10 last season under Tuer, who spent five years as the team’s coach-GM. Nielsen was promoted from assistant coach when Tuer and the Warriors’ board agreed to a mutual separation. Nielsen had been Tuer’s assistant for the previous five years. Ralph Schmidt, who was head scout, replaced Tuer as GM. “The transition hasn’t been too tough at all,” Nielsen said. “Being…