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November 22, 2002

November 22, 2002

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Saskatoon defenseman Mann of the year so far

The Saskatoon Blades are enjoying a Mann advantage. Defenseman Stephen Mann had nine goals-including seven on the power play-in 20 games this season, matching his goal output for all of 2001-02. During one stretch of three road games, Mann had six goals, five on the power play. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Mann, 19. “I’ve just been putting the puck on the net and it has been going in. I didn’t know I’d score like that, but things are going well and the guys are going to the net.” Mann’s goal production placed him second among Western League defensemen. Simon Ferguson of the Lethbridge Hurricanes had 11 goals in 15 games. Mann’s 20 points was second among WHL rearguards, behind Ferguson (21) and ahead of Swift Current Bronco Aaron Rome (19). Clearly, Mann’s size-or lack thereof-is…


Injuries to key players hurt road-weary Kings

Mike Cammalleri was set to make his NHL debut Nov. 8 in Ottawa, a month late, but just in the nick of time. The Kings had dropped two straight games and three of four since Jason Allison went down with a knee injury. Cammalleri, the team’s top prospect who began the season at American League Manchester, stepped into Allison’s first line center spot alongside Adam Deadmarsh and Ziggy Palffy. “I am excited to be back,” said Cammalleri, who led Manchester with four goals and 14 points. “I’ll be with some great players and it is a great opportunity to prove that I belong here.” Cammalleri started camp ahead of Alexander Frolov, but quickly slid down the depth chart. Although he is just 5-foot-9, Cammalleri is a solid 190 pounds. But Kings coach Andy…


Quinn needs to lose dual role with Leafs

As a Maple Leafs fan, I sure don’t like what is happening this season. As coach, Pat Quinn is so close to the players he can’t see the big picture with the team. I think he should give up either the coaching job or the GM position. Art Paquette, London, Ont. I watched referee Mike Hasen-fratz work in the Western League and always thought he did a poor job, night after night. Yes, I knew he was destined to one day be employed by the NHL. George Schultze,Hayden, Idaho I think it’s great to see the Leafs struggle this season. It may help the Canadian media realize there is more than one team in Canada. Dirk Clifton,Longueil, Que. Convicted pedophile Graham James can coach in Europe, but Hayley Wickenheiser is prohibited from playing because she’s…



Transactions include NHL personnel moves from Nov. 2-8. Injuries include projected return date. ANAHEIM TRANSACTIONS Nov. 3 Mike Brown, LW, recalled from Cincinnati (AHL). Nov. 4 Jean-Francois Damphousse, G, recalled from Cincinnati. Nov. 5 Jason Krog, C, assigned to Cincinnati. INJURIES Adam Oates. C, broken left hand, early December. ATLANTA TRANSACTIONS Nov. 2 Tomi Kallio, LW, suspended indefinitely tor refusing assignment to Chicago (AHL). INJURIES Uwe Krupp. D. back surgery, indefinite. Jeff Cowan. LW, sprained knee, early December. Lubos Bartecko, LW, fractured wrist, late December. BOSTON TRANSACTIONS Nov. 3 Peter Hamerlik, G, returned to Kingston (OHL). Nov. 5 Jarno Kultanen, D recalled from Providence (AHL). INJURIES Martin Lapointe. RW, broken left foot, late November. Sergei Samsonov, LW, right wrist sprain, day-to-day. BUFFALO TRANSACTIONS Nov. 8 Alexei Zhitnik, D, suspended two games by NHL for kneeing incident in a Nov. 7…