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September 21, 2001

September 21, 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Hatcher’s impact lost on big ice

Derian Hatcher’s agent was surprised the defenseman wasn’t a top-four pick for Team USA. I’ll be surprised if he’s one of the top seven. Hatcher’s skating and puckhandling abilities will hinder him on the bigger ice. Brad McHugh, Saint John, N.B. Bobby Holik, angry over his arbitration experience, is sure to be even madder after Mike Peca got a five-year, $20-million deal. Peca didn’t even play last year, while Holik continued to shut down the NHL’s top stars. Michael Morgese, Roselle Park, N.J. I’m tired of the outcry over team payrolls. When are we going to stop hearing about “inflated player salaries” and start hearing about “inflated owners’ profits?” Bob Jeffries, New York As a season ticket holder, will I be reimbursed some percentage of my money if Eric Lindros is forced into retirement by another…

IN THIS ISSUE

PLUS MINUS

Best of the Hockey World + PRAYERS FOR SAKU The hockey world rallies around Montreal Canadiens’ captain Saku Koivu, who faces a battle against cancer. + ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL Bryan Berard, who retired last year after a horrific eye injury skates with the U.S. Olympic hopefuls and ponders a return to the NHL. + ICE IS NICE The Kootenay Ice, backstopped by the superb Dan Blackburn, is The Hockey News’ choice to capture the Memorial Cup this season. Worst of the Hockey World - LIES MY TEAM TOLD ME Pittsburgh claims, in arbitration, Darius Kasparaitus is their No. 6 defenseman even though he led their blueline in ice time. - RFA NO-SHOWS We understand your frustration, guys, but it’s the system…the same system that will benefit you when you’re unrestricted. So sign and play. - SAD…

DEPARTMENTS

Ferraro twins together again

From the time they first laced up skates, Chris and Peter Ferraro have been dashing side-by-side up and down the ice. Through their youth hockey days in Long Island, N.Y., to their junior days with the Dubuque (Iowa) Saints of the United States League, to their one season of NCAA hockey at the University of Maine and finally to pro hockey with the New York Rangers’ organization, the twins were teammates and usually linemates. No one knew if they could play apart. Until 1998, when Peter, a right winger, moved to the Boston Bruins’ organization, while Chris, a center, signed with Edmonton. And they still flourished. Peter was the playoff MVP as Providence won the Calder Cup in 1998-99. The next spring, Chris won the Turner Cup with the International League’s Chicago…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Lightning captain could miss camp

All signs are pointing to a Tampa Bay training camp without Vincent Lecavalier. Less than a week before players were scheduled to report, the Lightning and its 21-year-old captain were far apart on money. Tampa Bay doesn’t allow players without contracts to participate in camp. It’s believed the Lightning were offering a three-year deal worth $5.35 million. The model from Lecavalier’s camp: two years, $6.3 million. Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, said there was no progress to report, but the lines of communication were open. “I wouldn’t use the term ‘holdout,’” Hughes said. “Without a contract agreement in place, Vince can’t play for the Tampa Bay Lightning.” Lecavalier, who made $975,000 in base salary in each of his first three years in the league, said he was frustrated. “There is no progress,” he said,”so it comes back…