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November 5, 1999

November 5, 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

Stars suffer rash of injuries, forced to call up new faces

Ken Hitchcock still believes the plan is solid. In fact, the Dallas Stars’ coach said he believes his team might actually benefit from the hardships created by an injury plagued October. But the only way to find a silver lining, Hitchcock said, is to fight through the rain. “This is hard for us right now, but we have to adjust and work through it,” Hitchcock said after five players were lost to long-term injuries. “We have to change our thinking on how we approach all this, but the general plan is still a good plan.” The Stars in the off-season were determined to battle an aging roster and infuse youthful energy into their lineup. So they opted to let go of several veterans and put in Blake Sloan, Juha Lind, Pavel Patera,…

NHL TEAMS

NHL ROSTERS AND TRANSACTIONS

TRANSACTIONS Transactions include NHL personnel moves from Oct. 15-22. ANAHEIM TRANSACTIONS: None. ROSTER: C-Steve Rucchin, Matt Cullen, Antti Aalto, Ted Drury. LW-Paul Kariya, Ted Donato, Mike Leclerc, Jim McKenzie, Stu Grimson. RW-Teemu Selanne, Marty McInnis, Ladislav Kohn, Jeff Nielsen. LD-Pavel Trnka, Kevin Haller, Niclas Havelid, Ruslan Salei. RD-Oleg Tverdovsky, Jason Marshall. Fredrick Olausson, Pascal Trepanier. G-Guy Hebert, Dominic Roussel. INJURIES: None. ATLANTA TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 15: Jody Hull, RW, traded to Philadelphia for future considerations. ROSTER: C-Ray Ferraro, Patrik Stefan, Kelly Buch-berger, Mike Stapleton. LW-Andrew Brunette, Vladimir Vujtek, Per Svartvadet, Denny Lambert. RW-Steve Staios, Nelson Emerson, Johan Garpenlov, Martin Prochazka, Ed Ward. LD-Petr Buzek, Chris Tamer, David Harlock. RD-Gord Murphy, Kevin Dean, Michal Gro Darryl Shannon. G-Damian Rhodes, Norm Maracle. INJURIES: Maxim Galanov. D, broken hand, Nov. 17 Matt Johnson, LW, strained groin, day-to-day. Yannick Tremblay. D, strained hip-flexor, day-today. BOSTON TRANSACTIONS:…

NHL TEAMS

It wasn’t easy being Green until fresh start in Phoenix

After scoring in his fourth straight game and being involved in the game-tying or winning score for the third consecutive time, center Travis Green shrugged his shoulders and said, “I’m really just trying to fit in.” He fits in, all right. He fits in with the Phoenix Coyotes like' pizza fits in with beer. “I had pretty high expectations about Travis,” said coach Bobby Francis. “He does a little of everything well and he’s scoring at a pretty good rate for us right now.” Acquired from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Oleg Tverdovsky trade at the 1999 entry draft, Green, 29, is a major reason why the Coyotes got off to the best start in the franchise’s 21-year history at 4-1-2. In addition to scoring key goals, he was doing all the…

NHL TEAMS

Leafs do extra homework to ensure Khristich will fit

Dmitri Khristich was hoping his baggage would get lost on the way to Toronto. The talented, sometimes enigmatic, forward arrived with a reputation as wildly varied as his playoff performances. Despite a scorer’s touch-six seasons with 27 goals or more-a willingness to go into the comers and an unappreciated enthusiasm for defense, the 30-year-old has been slagged in some quarters as a disruptive dressing room presence and a soft player who disappears when the games matter most. “I don’t know where it started, 1 don’t know what I did wrong,” said the Ukrainian sniper after the Leafs signed him to three-year contract plus a club option that could pay him $10.35 million over the four years. Before acquiring his rights from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a second round draft pick in…