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April 5, 2001

April 5, 2001

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.


Senators want everybody back

Ottawa Senators’ GM Marshall Johnston is going to have a busy summer, but he’s determined to keep all of his free agents-including center Alexei Yashin. With 11 players set to have their contracts expire July 1-including unrestricted free agents Rob Zamuner, Jason York, Mike Sillinger and Curtis Leschyshyn-Johnston won’t begin work on deals until after the season. “We’re going to try to sign all of our players,” Johnston said. While the Senators face the daunting task of signing captain Daniel Alfredsson, goalie Patrick Lalime, forwards Magnus Arvedson and Marian Hossa and defensemen Chris Phillips and Wade Redden, the focus will be on Yashin. Making $3.6 million (U.S.) in the final year of a contract he refused to honor last season, Yashin likely will be seeking upwards of $10 million next year, but that…



TRANSACTIONS Transactions include NHL personnel moves from March 15-23. Injuries are filed by THN correspondents and include target return date or time frame. Team depth charts are on pg. 31. ANAHEIM TRANSACTIONS None. INJURIES Niclas Havelid, D, tom knee ligaments, out for season. Steve Rucchin, C, post-concussion syndrome, indefinite. Vitaly Vishnevski. D, sprained shoulder, day-to-day. Mike Leclerc, LW, strained abdominal muscle, indefinite. Steve Shields, G, shoulder surgery, out for season. ATLANTA TRANSACTIONS March 15 Chris Tamer, D, signed three-year contract. March 17 Herbert Vasiljevs, RW, recalled from Orlando (IHL). INJURIES Frantisek Kaberle, D, broken foot, indefinite. Adam Burt, 0, sore back, out for season. Petr Buzek. D, post-concussion syndrome, indefinite. Yannick Tremblay D. shoulder subluxation, out for season Damian Rhodes G, strained groin, indefinite. BOSTON TRANSACTIONS None. INJURIES Darren Van Impe, D, shoulder surgery, indefinite. BUFFALO TRANSACTIONS None. INJURIES Richard Smehlik, D. bruised…


Boucher pleased with extra work

Back-to-back starts for Brian Boucher? Was Roman Cechmanek sick or something? Yes and no, actually. Cechmanek did take ill for the Philadelphia Flyers’ game at Edmonton March 19, so Boucher was pressed into service. But Cechmanek felt much better three nights later when Boucher was given a second straight start for the first time since Dec. 6-8, just days before Bill Barber took over as coach. Boucher came through with a strong effort in a 4-2 win over the Oilers, his first victory since Jan. 25. He also looked sharp in the second game, a 3-1 loss at Calgary. It has been a tough year for Boucher. After winning the NHL goals-against average title as a rookie (1.91) and signing a big off-season contract, he lost the No. 1 job to Cechmanek. “It feels good…


Canucks can still go far

When Vancouver captain Markus Naslund broke his leg in a game versus Buffalo, it put an end to his spectacular season. Many fans thought it also put an end to the Canucks’ playoff hopes, but that’s not true. Naslund is their leader and best player, but they can still win without him. Vancouver isn’t a one-man team and has other fine players such as Andrew Cassels, Todd Bertuzzi, Ed Jovanovski and the Sedins. They’ll make the playoffs and can win a round or two. So don’t be surprised when the Canucks keep winning, even without their MVP. Luc Villeneuve, Aylmer, Que. Fewer playoff teams I’m a big hockey fan, but six months of regular season followed by nearly three months of playoffs is a little much, isn’t it? Yes, two-thirds of the NHL’s teams qualified for…