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March 1, 2002

March 1, 2002

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.

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Roy’s ankle injury leaves hole in lineup

Most people would think Andre Roy’s absence would have very little impact on the Ottawa Senators’ lineup. After all, he’s best known as the team’s enforcer, but this year he has proven he’s much more. Roy has already posted career highs in goals (five), assists (eight) and points (13) and while the numbers may not seem that impressive, his goals seem to come at crucial times. He also gives his team a spark, on and off the ice with his high-energy personality. Ottawa will be without their tough guy indefinitely as he suffered a high-ankle injury that caused ligament damage. Roy hurt the ankle during a fight with Columbus left winger Jody Shelley Feb 6. “During the fight I felt a sharp pain in my ankle,” Roy said. “At the time I was still high…

IN THIS ISSUE

Much expected of Weiss, Shvidki

Part of the Florida Panthers’ future was exchanged for the present when offensive defenseman prospect Tomas Malec was included in the package that went to Carolina for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh. But the organization doesn’t feel it needs much more future. “I think if you look at (Stephen) Weiss, (Denis) Shvidki and (Lukas) Krajicek, those are three topend prospects,” said Panthers interim GM Chuck Fletcher. “Any organization would be thrilled to have three outstanding prospects like that with the young players we have in the NHL. What we need to do is balance that with veteran leadership and size and strength on the wings.” Here are the top five prospects in order: 1. Stephen Weiss, C, Plymouth Weiss’s head and hands gave him a shot at making the NHL club out of training camp. After a…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Penguins go winless in important stretch

The Pittsburgh Penguins were hoping to make a playoff push in the five games between the All-Star Game and the Olympics. They did a free-fall instead, going 03-1-1 against five teams that already were ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. That was part of a sevengame winless streak that left the Penguins tied for 11th place, seven points out of the playoffs. “It’s very tough for us right now,” said goalie Johan Hedberg. “We have to use this break to our advantage. We have a lot of work to do when we come back.” That’s for sure. The Penguins have 24 games remaining after the Olympic break. The odds are against them making a 12th consecutive playoff appearance. “We still have time,” said defenseman Ian Moran. “We’re not going to panic at all.…

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Ruutu arrives with a thud!

Tuomo Ruutu’s favorite player is Peter Forsberg, but he also has a soft spot for hard noses like those belonging to Keith Tkachuk and Eric Lindros. Perhaps you’re getting an idea of what kind of player Ruutu is himself. If you’re envisioning the kind who gives up the puck sometimes just so he can run over somebody, go to the head of the class. Ruutu, the top rated NHL prospect in this year’s Future Watch, is a train wreck waiting to happen. A panel of NHL executives selected the Chicago Blackhawk prospect the best NHL-affiliated player. He was No. 1 on almost half the ballots in THN’s annual ranking. The path of most resistance does not necessarily bother the 19-year-old center for Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League. Playing in the European league that…