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November 3, 2000

November 3, 2000

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Unlike the New Jersey franchise, which waited 829 games for its first penalty shot, Columbus and Minnesota were awarded freebies quickly — in their fifth games, in fact. Listed are expansion teams since 1990, first season, game number of first penalty shot, shooter and result. * Atlanta has not had a penalty shot through their first 86 games…


Norfolk shooters wear out Albany

NOTEBOOK The major port for the U.S. Navy is in Norfolk, Va., and the Albany River Rats went for a little cruise aboard a destroyer on the afternoon of their Oct. 11 game against the Admirals. How else can their 60 minutes of on-ice seasickness be explained? The River Rats were on the embarrassing end of an American League record for largest discrepancy in shots on goal — 49-7 — as Norfolk trounced Albany 6-1. “We had nobody skating — one guy had the puck and the other four were watching,” said Albany coach John Cunniff, whose club was outshot by period 15-2,19-2 and 15-3. Admirals’ center Mark Bell outshot Albany by himself, 8-7, and Norfolk goalie Jeff Maund was bored silly.”I had the best seat in the house,” Maund said. VANDY IS DANDY Peter…


Captain Nolan $6-million dollar man after biggest deal in Sharks history

Ownership’s willingness to go the extra step and Owen Nolan’s decision to commit long term unlocked a contract impasse between the two parties, leading to an unprecedented deal that will keep the team captain in San Jose through the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2004. Nolan’s five-year deal, which includes an option for a sixth year, means in addition to extending beyond a possible work stoppage in 2004-05, the 28-year-old power forward is giving up the option of testing the unrestricted free agent waters for possibly as many as three years. His deal averages approximately $6 million annually. “I was with Quebec a long time,” said Nolan, who played five-plus seasons with the Nordique franchise before being traded by Colorado to San Jose Sandis Ozolinsh in October, 1995.”I saw…


Dunham delivering on wish to be first string goaltender

There’s a reason Mike Dunham was the first player selected by Nashville in the 1998 expansion draft.”He wanted the opportunity to be a No. 1 and we wanted to give it to him,” is how GM David Poile often has described the selection from the New Jersey Devils. The Predators have waited, sometimes impatiently, for Dunham to round into form. But early in the 2000-01 season, he was at the top of his game. After playing just 44 games in 1998-99 because of injuries and 52 last season, Dunham appears to be on track for far more this time around. He is both practising and playing with great resolve and seems well prepared for a team that struggles to score — especially on the power play — to lean on him. In his…