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September 28, 2004

September 28, 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.

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Serge Savard arrested for suspicion of DUI

Former Canadiens GM Serge Savard was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a traffic accident in Montreal. The 58-year-old, now a successful Montreal businessman, is to appear in court to face a charge of impaired driving, according to a police spokesman. Savard was arrested Sept. 7 near the city’s downtown core after a vehicle struck two other cars. Savard had an illustrious 17-year career as an NHL defenseman, including 14 seasons with the Canadiens in the 1960s and 70s. He won eight Stanley Cups and was the first defenseman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, in 1969, as the most valuable player in the post-season. He captured two more Cups as Canadiens GM in 1986 and 1993. The team lost the 1989 final to Calgary. CBA CONTRACTS No Canadiens had signed deals to…

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Crawford’s return good news for Cats

The Moncton Wildcats breathed a huge sigh of relief when Corey Crawford was returned by the Chicago Blackhawks. There was a real chance the 20-year-old goalie would sign a contract with the NHL team and start the season in the American League. Among Quebec League goalies who played the majority of their team’s games last year, Crawford was second in goals-against average (2.62) and save percentage (.919). He was also first in GAA (2.15) and save per-centage (.940) during the playoffs. Crawford was picked 52nd overall by the Blackhawks in 2003. “Everything starts between the pipes,” said Wildcats GM Allan Power. “Corey’s calm, cool and collected and as a 20-year-old he’ll display a lot of leadership qualities and that will hopefully result in wins on the board. “But also, we want him to…

COVER STORY

Talks of futility

While the NHL and NHL Players’ Association always said they both hoped the 2004-05 season would start on time, both sides have been preparing for this for years. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has been using the phrase “cost certainty” for at least three seasons. The union has been instructing players to save money for the same length of time. Given that background, it’s not surprising how little things have changed in negotiations over the past 15 months. Here’s a timeline of NHL-NHLPA talks since the summer of 2003: June 4,2003 Players present owners with a CBA proposal including a one-time five per-cent rollback on salaries, changes to the entry level system, a revenue-sharing plan and a mildly punitive luxury tax that kicks in at $40 million. Oct. 1,2003 The NHL proposes what amounts…