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September 24, 1999

September 24, 1999

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.

NHL TEAMS

Savard relishes No. 1 pivot role

On the day the newcomer, Marc Savard, stepped on the ice for the first time with the Calgary Flames, he didn’t see obstacles, only opportunity. “It’s the first time in my career I’ve ever been traded, so that’s a change for me,” Savard said, “but at the same time, they’re giving me a good opportunity to play with some good players here. This is a good situation for myself. Coach (Brian) Sutter said, ’Just keep working hard.’ He’s going to push me hard, but that’s what I need. It’s going to be a good situation for me.” Much of what happened to Savard last season with the New York Rangers, his first full NHL campaign, was beyond his control. Savard started the year as the Rangers’ No. 2 center, but lost that…

NHL TEAMS

Sykora ends brief five-day holdout, but questions still left unanswered

Petr Sykora may be back with the New Jersey Devils, but he brought with him a lot of excess baggage in the form of questions surrounding his mysterious five-day holdout. Sykora, who will earn $625,000 this season, finally showed up at the Devils’ training camp Sept. 9, but short of explaining himself to GM Lou Lamoriello, will not publicly say why he didn’t show up on time. “All I’m going to say is that it’s not a money issue,” the 22-year-old told the New York Times. “It doesn’t make me look good because I had a contract, but I’m very glad I did it.” While the Devils leading scorer last season with 72 points insists the holdout was not money-related, his teammates have heard differently. “I heard it was a money matter. I didn’t…

NHL TEAMS

Rugged Norton focused at second Oilers’ camp

A year older, a year wiser, and for Brad Nor ton, a year closer to cracking the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup. At this time last season, the 6-foot-5, 237-pound defenseman had left his first NHL camp early, embroiled in a contract dispute with the club that had selected him in the ninth round of the 1993 draft. Needless to say, there weren’t too many happy memories for the younger brother of ex-Oiler and current San Jose Shark Jeff Norton. Year 2 in the Oilers’ organization promises to be rosier for the 24-year-old native of Cambridge, Mass. “This year I can concentrate on just playing instead of that ordeal I went through last year,” he said. “That was the worst thing I’ve ever been through, ever.” Norton, who figures to battle veteran Frank Musil for the…

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