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October 13, 2000

October 13, 2000

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NHL TEAM REPORTS

Smyth relieved to get back on ice

The final piece of the Oilers’ off-season puzzle was snapped tightly into place when they signed left winger Ryan Smyth to a three-year deal worth $7.1 million (U.S.). Smyth, who led the Oilers with 28 goals in 82 games last season, looked relieved on his first day back at the rmk after missing 17 days of camp. The first man on the ice and last one off at most practices, Smyth obviously struggled while awaiting a new contract. “The first couple of days I was going nuts, my wife will tell you that,” he said. “I’m the type of player who’s eager to get out there, but sometimes you have to make a stand. I did that, but now it’s over and done with and I’m a proud Oiler.” Said GM Kevin Lowe:…

IN THIS ISSUE

2000-01 NHL PRE-SEASON STATISTICS

STANDINGS ANAHEIM ATLANTA BOSTON BUFFALO CALGARY CAROLINA CHICAGO COLORADO COLUMBUS DALLAS DETROIT EDMONTON FLORIDA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA MONTREAL NASHVILLE NEW JERSEY NEW YORK ISLANDERS NEW YORK RANGERS OTTAWA PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX PITTSBURGH ST. LOUIS SAN JOSE TAMPA BAY TORONTO VANCOUVER WASHINGTON SUMMARIES…

DEPARTMENTS

NHL DEPTH CHARTS

Projected defense pairs and lines, including restricted free agents Anaheim Carolina Detroit Montreal Ottawa San Jose Atlanta Chicago Edmonton Nashville Philadelphia Tampa Bay Boston Colorado Florida New Jersey Phoenix Toronto Buffalo Columbus Los Angeles N.Y. Islanders Pittsburgh Vancouver Calgary Dallas Minnesota N.Y. Rangers St. Louis Washington…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Brashear’s return completes picture

The Vancouver Canucks accomplished something this September they were unable to achieve last year or the year before that: They had everyone under contract before playing their first pre-season game. The last to come in was left winger Donald Brashear, who signed a two-year, $2.35-million (U.S.) deal. There was much talk that Vancouver had to sign their enforcer as much-ballyhooed twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin would need his protection. However, GM Brian Burke insisted that was not the case. “I didn’t feel any pressure whatsoever to get Donald in the lineup because of the twins,” Burke said. “We think Donald came in at good numbers and we’re glad. He’s a useful player. He scored 11 goals last year, he plays a regular shift, he’s reliable defensively, he’s popular with his teammates and he’s…