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October 8, 1993

October 8, 1993

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Moving to new neighborhood It’s not like the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t go lower. It’s just that when you’ve been such a non-factor for so long at the time of year it matters most in the NHL, there appears to be only one direction to go. The Jets have made modest steps in their bid for respectability, having changed their team almost completely the past three seasons. It will never be considered a major accomplishment to have posted consecutive seasons of one game above.500, then three, as happened last winter. But for the Jets’ organization, it was a major psychological barrier that is now being touted as the springboard to becoming a seriously capable team. The Jets had a brief fall last year, getting out of the gate at 4-11-0 and losing their first eight road…



Time now to make some noise It’s logical to assume a team with the likes of Pat LaFontaine, Dale Hawerchuk, Alexander Mogilny, Doug Bodger, Petr Svoboda, Grant Fuhr and Craig Simpson would be more than mediocre. The Buffalo Sabres think so and that’s why they expect to improve this season. The Sabres finished fourth in the Adams Division with a 38-36-10 record a year ago and beat the Boston Bruins in the first playoff round. But they were trounced in the Adams final by the Montreal Canadiens, losing in four straight games. Sabres’ management expects bigger and better things this season and it should happen, but it won’t be easy. The Sabres play in a tougher division this year (Northeast), one that includes the powerful Pittsburgh Penguins. They’re also in a tough conference, one that includes…



Team hopes to get offensive Things will be status quo for the St. Louis Blues again this season, which actually isn’t bad. It would be an improvement over last season when they nearly drowned. They swallowed a lot of water early and coach Bob Plager bailed out less than a month into the season. New coach Bob Berry rescued the Blues and with a life preserver named Curtis Joseph, was able to get St. Louis safely into the playoffs. The Blues shouldn’t have to scramble to make the playoffs this season. They could finish fifth in the revamped Central Division and still make the playoffs thanks to the conference-based playoff system. Veterans Ron Wilson, Lee Norwood, Curt Giles and Dave Lowry, and backup goalie Guy Hebert are gone. Blues’ retreads Tony Hrkac and Tom…


Race for Calder wide open

The expectations of Ottawa Sen-ators’ rookie Alexandre Daigle in his first season are about as astro-nomical as the multi-million dollar contract he signed after being selected first overall in the 1993 entry draft. But if recent history is any indication, Daigle’s teammate Alexei Yashin stands a better chance of copping rookie-of-the-year honors. The past six winners of the Calder Trophy have either played their developmental hockey in Europe or American colleges. The last Canadian Hockey League-trained rookie of the year was Luc Robitaille. He won the Calder in 1987. If Yashin and Daigle live up to advance billing, they will compete for the first-year award. But it figures to be a wide-open race. Ironically, the best storyline in this year’s Calder competition may be who doesn’t win it; that is, who would have won…