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January 18, 2002

January 18, 2002

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Sedlbauer struck often: too bad papers on strike

Ron Sedlbauer had a moment in the NHL sun, but didn’t get the ink he deserved. The speedy 6-foot-3,195-pound left winger scored 40 goals in 79 games in 1978-79 for Vancouver, a team that fin-ished 13th in a 17-team league. Playing on a line with Chris Oddleifson and Hilliard Graves, Sedlbauer, a native of Burlington, Ont., played through a cracked rib late in the season, but the injury hindered his chance for even more goals. Still, it was easily a career year for Sedlbauer, who scored 143 goals and 229 points in 430 NHL games. “There was a newspaper strike in Vancouver at the time and it kind of didn’t get the recognition it should have,” Sedlbauer recalled. The following year, he was traded to Edmonton, which was looking for a sniper to play…


Tenkrat’s scoring soars and ice time follows

Nashville Predators’ right winger Petr Tenkrat is little known around the NHL, but he’s doing his best to shed his anonymity. Tenkrat, acquired from Anaheim in November in a trade for Patrik Kjellberg, started a scoring surge with his first career hat trick versus Chicago in midDecember and followed up with two goals and eight points in his next seven games. Prior to his breakthrough, the 24-year-old Czech had two assists in 11 games for Nashville and 18 points in 57 career NHL contests overall. “Everything is about ice time,” he said. “If you get a little more ice time, everyone can see your stock go up. That’s everything I need, to play more and more and more. I hope I can keep my ice time up.” In the four games leading up to…


Feeling Weight of the world

Doug Weight takes all the fun out of kicking a man when he’s down. He was off to a flying thud in St. Louis after selling himself out of Edmonton for $40 million. The Blues, a Final Four contender last spring, were scuffling to jockey for a playoff berth. His arrival actually made a $36million power play worse, including a bottom-three rank on the road. His scoring pace trailed that of Pierre Turgeon, the quiet point-per-gamer who was given the free agent boot to Dallas. His right winger, Scott Young, was on pace for half the career-best 40 goals he scored last year with Turgeon. But anyone wanting to butcher Weight has to take a number and wait. No. 39 is at the head of the line, serving himself a ration of grief. “I…


Original Six Glory Days are here again

On May 2,1967, with 47 seconds left in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, Toronto’s George Armstrong sent a lazy shot towards the Montreal Canadiens’ empty net, sending the Leafs to their 13th Stanley Cup and officially closing the door on the Original Six era. Some believed it would also mark the end of competitive hockey. “The criticism was that there wouldn’t be enough players, that the game would be watered down,” recalls former Montreal winger John Ferguson. The 1967-68 season saw six new teams join Boston, Chicago, Detroit, the New York Rangers, Montreal and Toronto to make a 12-team NHL. The league soon expanded to 14 teams, then to 21, and on and on en route to the current 30, to. the point where a schedule fea-taring the same six teams…