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October 1, 2001

October 1, 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.


Isles will try shotgun

There wasn’t much pool lounging for Roman Hamrlik this summer. That’s because the Islanders’ sudden willingness to spend enough money to at least be in the running for a playoff berth for the first time since 1993-94 went beyond the major acquisitions of star centers Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca. Their plan included sending personal trainers to Europe to spend the final two months of the summer working with Hamrlik and others to ensure the team’s top players were in peak physical condition when training camp opened in September. “Believe me, it was no vacation,” said Hamrlik, shortly after arriving in Lake Placid, N.Y. for training camp. “I’ve never worked like that in a summer and hopefully it pays off.” Hamrlik, 27, actually posted the second-highest point total (46) of his nine-year NHL…


Cream of NHL’s crop

He’s not No. 1, and frankly, he could care less. St. Louis Blues’ defenseman Chris Pronger slipped in The Hockey News’ preseason rankings of the top 20 players at each position, all the way to No. 2, but the 1999-2000 Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s most valuable player - and Norris Trophy winner as top defenseman - has other things on his mind. “You know what, I really don’t care if I’m No. 1,” Pronger said. “You don’t start the year saying, ‘I want to win such-and-such trophy’ you want to win the Stanley Cup. When you enjoy team success, that’s when individual success comes.” Detroit defender Nicklas Lidstrom stole Pronger’s crown, not to mention the Norris Trophy. Pronger’s Blues enter the year as one of four teams in a dogfight for…


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Realigning the stars

It’s time to dust off those little grey cells inside your head - that is, if you are not suffering from post-concussion syndrome - and put them to work. Has there ever been a season in NHL history that will see so many big stars on new teams? Players have switched jerseys as fast as an Al Maclnnis slapshot since Ray Bourque called it quits after winning his one and only Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in June. Jaromir Jagr, the four-time defending scoring champion, took his offensive tal-ents to Washington, while Eric Lindros moved to Broadway with the New York Rangers. Brett Hull jetted to Detroit, where he joined new Wings Dominik Hasek and Luc Robitaille. Pierre Turgeon is a Dallas Star, Doug Weight is a St. Louis Blue and Jeremy…