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May 18, 2004

May 18, 2004

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.


Free agent decisions occupy down-time

While the Stanley Cup playoffs went on without them, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim began preparing for decisions on the nine players who are due qualifying offers before July 1. The Ducks figure to retain some, but not all, among a group that consists of wingers Rob Niedennayer, Petr Schastlivy, Cam Severson and Garrett Burnett; centers Jason Krog and Andy McDonald; defensemen Ruslan Salei and Vitaly Vishnevski; and backup goaltender Martin Gerber…Anaheim is expected to exercise a $2.7 million club option on veteran defenseman Keith Carney, who would otherwise become an unrestricted free agent…Upon returning from the World Championship in the Czech Republic, goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere planned to spend the summer in his hometown of Montreal and possibly consult a sports psychologist.…



THE BLING’S THE THING.. When then-Sabre Matthew Barnaby posed for this picture, didn’t he know we would take one look at his shiny substitutesfor teeth and immediately start assigning him rapper nicknames such as MC Matt B, P. Barney and OV Dirty Barnaby? REMEMBER WHEN? Headlines from The Hockey News archives Weel of May 18 8 YEARS AGO 1996 • THN readers name 23-year-old Eric Lindros as their favorite NHL player in annual survey • No Canadian teams advance past first round of playoffs for first time in 22 years • QMJHL’s Granby Predateurs win Memorial Cup 16 YEARS AGO •1988 • Vancouver Canucks reportedly make million-dollar offer to Soviet stars Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov • Smooth-skating Prince Albert center Mike Modano gets Central Scouting’s nod as No. 1 NHL prospect • Wendel Young posts shutout to kick off Calder…



DANTON PLEADS NOT GUILTY Mike Danton, the 23-year-old St. Louis Blues center, pleaded not guilty to federal charges of organizing a murder-for-hire plot May 5 at the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, III. The arraignment came 17 days after Danton’s arrest in San Jose, the morning after the Blues’ elimination from the playoffs-a span he spent entirely in incarceration. At his first hearing, Danton did not look into the crowd. Blues teammates Doug Weight and Scott Mellanby attended. “He’s relieved because at least something is happening,” said Robert Haar, Danton’s St. Louis-based attorney. Haar had said earlier: “The events described in both the indictment and the complaint are inconsistent with the Mike Danton his friends and people close to him know. It is a bizarre and incomprehensible story.” Danton’s…



While the United States League playoffs were winding down, the scene for next season was beginning to taking shape. After a five-game first round upset of East Division champion Chicago, the Waterloo Black Hawks-featuring 2004 draft-eligible defensemen Andrew Thomas and John Vadnais-put away Danville in three straight games to set up a Clark Cup final between themselves and top-seeded Tri-City. The Storm lost just one playoff game en route to the final. Off the ice, Danville Wings owner Lou Mervis, citing mounting financial losses, sold half the team’s interests to Indiana businessman Paul Skjodt, who’ll move the team next season to Indianapolis where the franchise will be called the Indiana Ice. (The Central League’s Indianapolis Ice folded at season’s end.) Mervis plans on bringing a USHL team back to central Illinois, however, as…