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April 5, 2002

April 5, 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

Lightning on hot seat after hit parade

The Lightning is starting to put a hurtin’ on opponents, and we’re not talking about the 3-0-3 streak that punctuated the team’s late-March surge. Two checks put two star players on the sideline. Both checks were deemed dirty by the opposition. Both were reviewed and cleared by the NHL. On March 17, Lightning defenseman Jassen Cullimore crushed Buffalo’s Stu Barnes into the end boards. Dazed, Barnes fell head-first to the ice, sustaining a concussion that was supposed to keep him out for two weeks and a cut the Sabres said required “numerous stitches.” The next night, a hip check by right winger Ben Clymer nailed Philadelphia’s Jeremy Roenick in the right knee, causing tears to the anterior and posterior ligaments. Doctors determined Roenick would be out a month. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was less…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Panthers put spin on Bure salary dump

The Florida Panthers tried to put the best face on getting defenseman Igor Ulanov as the only semi-established NHL player in the Pavel Bure trade. “We feel clearly defense has been our weak spot for a few years and adding Sandis Ozolinsh and now Igor Ulanov certainly helps upgrade our talent base,” said Panthers interim GM Chuck Fletcher said. “Players like (prospects) Lukas Krajicek, Grant McNeill, (Vladimir) Saphoznikov and, now, Filip Novak (acquired in the Bure trade), we feel we have a lot of quality young defensemen coming.” But it’s hard to not to view Ulanov as someone the Rangers made the Panthers take in return for freeing up the $20 million the Panthers would’ve spent on Bure over the next two seasons. Why else take on a $4 million over another two…

DEPARTMENTS

Bure won’t help Rangers

Pavel Bure on Broadway is a match made south of heaven. Anyone who has seen the Rangers this year would find it difficult to imagine this team getting any more inept defensively, but GM Glen Sather managed to make matters worse by acquiring the one player who is just as masterful at surrendering goals as he is at scoring them. Bure takes extended shifts, is selfish on the ice and has a questionable off-ice persona. Superstar? I think not. Rather, Bure is a self-indulgent showboat. He’s not a winner nor a leader. He was christened the savior of the Florida franchise, but three years and zero playoff victories later, he exits as he did Vancouver, leaving the team in an absolute mess. Matt Poehlman, Merlin, Ont. What a bargain! I applaud Rangers GM Glen Sather for…

DEPARTMENTS

Rookie goaltender leads Harvard to ECAC crown

Like most people who make the trip to Lake Placid for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship, Harvard freshman goalie Dov Grumet-Morris didn’t go home empty-handed. But unlike most people, Grumet-Morris helped the Crimson lug the Whitelaw Cup to Cambridge, Mass. It was Harvard’s first title since 1994. Playing with poise that belied his rookie status, Grumet-Morris was the catalyst in Harvard’s surprising 4-3 double-overtime victory over Cornell in the ECAC championship game. When Harvard’s Tyler Kolarik scored at 16:11 of the second overtime, it ended the longest championship game in ECAC tournament history. For the better part of 96:11, Grumet-Morris was outstanding in making 26 saves. “Dov is a very mature, confident young man,” said Harvard coach Mark Mazzoleni. “When he knew he was struggling this year, he just wanted to move…