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August 26, 2003

August 26, 2003

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ROAMING GOALIES SHOULD BE HIT I disagree with one of Glenn Corbett’s suggestions on improving scoring (THN, Aug). Instead of not allowing goalies to play the puck to allow more scoring chances, I say let them play the puck, but allow other players to hit them. If a goalie wants to leave the crease to play the puck like a normal player, then let him be hit like a normal player. Such a move will keep goalies in their net, and open up the ice for scoring opportunities. Dave Wooten, Grafton, Mass. ANAHEIM’S ACQUISITIONS DUCKY Much has been said of the free agent signings in Colorado and Detroit, but perhaps the best signings were those done by the Mighty Ducks. Signing Vaclav Prospal and Sergei Fedorov shows the Ducks are serious about winning a championship. Combined with…



Could the Mighty Ducks be even better in ’03-04? They’re off to a fine start Only three-and-a-half weeks after completing the greatest season in team history, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim absorbed an unexpected and excruciating blow. Longtime team captain Paul Kariya’s stunning decision to bolt for Colorado via unrestricted free agency, in the process rejoining pal Teemu Selanne in Denver rather than in Anaheim, left everyone in the Ducks organization with the same sick feeling. “I don’t think there is any question that we were all caught a little bit by Paul leaving,” said Anaheim GM Bryan Murray. “With the improvement we showed, the run in the playoffs, and then to lose the guy who had been the leader of the franchise, the message to fans wasn’t very positive.” Having decided not to extend…


Moose drop blueline stalwart Chapman

After six seasons as Manitoba’s rock on defense, Brian Chapman was cut loose by the Moose mid-way through the off-season. The 35-year-old Manitoba captain played 60 games for the Moose last season and 14 more in the playoffs, showing no decline in his play. But the team opted not to offer Chapman a contract and instead signed veteran defenseman Dallas Eakins, 36, who played last season with the Chicago Wolves. Chapman, Manitoba’s franchise leader with 447 games played, was philosophical about the bad news. “Am I surprised? Well, a little bit. I’m disappointed, but not crushed. I couldn’t expect them to go on forever with it. There’s no bitterness here.” Chapman said he’s intent on continuing his career, which includes 1,087 regular season pro games. He has played just three games at the NHL…


McNamara making name for himself

Dad’s advice was to get out of the game, to use that economics degree from the University of Notre Dame and dive into the real business world where success could be easier and the critics would be few and far between. Mom, however, told him to follow his heart, to believe in himself and that if hockey management was what he sought, then to give it a try. Mother knew best. Bob McNamara did indeed follow mom’s advice and now, more than a decade later, is thoroughly entrenched as GM of the Grand Rapids Griffins. He signed another one-year contract and will begin his eighth season running operations for the Griffins. While following in dad’s footsteps remains his goal - father Gerry was GM of Harold Ballard’s Toronto Maple Leafs from 1982-83 through 1987-88…