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Yearbook 1994-95

Yearbook 1994-95

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

The Chicago Blackhawks are moving into a new home, but the family is still plagued with the same old problems. The Blackhawks simply can’t score. That much was evident last season when they dropped three 1-0 games to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. They did not light it up during the regular season either, finishing 19th overall with 254 goals in 1993-94. In the off-season, the Blackhawks signed Bernie Nicholls to take the burden off No. 1 center Jeremy Roenick. Nicholls would have helped the Blackhawks five years ago, but do they really believe a 33-year-old who scored 19-goals last season is the answer? They also signed free-agent bad boy Bob Probert to a four-year deal for $6.6 million. Probert had seven goals and 275 penalty minutes in 66…

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MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM

Among the many things the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim learned last season was this: The best way to overcome their nickname, which naturally invites sarcasm, is to be successful. They weren’t quite as successful as their expansion counterparts in Florida, but the Ducks did: □ Share a record for most wins by an NHL expansion team joining Florida at 33. □ Sell out 27 of 41 home dates and play to 98.9 per-cent capacity at The Pond. □ Finish 10th in goals against average (2.97) and tied the St. Louis Blues with the league’s fifth-best save percentage (.904). □ Finish with more points than the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers and Winnipeg Jets. □ Play one game under .500, 19-20-3, on the road. □ Leave themselves a tough act to follow. Disney had better…

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Two much too soon? Don’t bet against it

The New York Rangers are about to find out just how good a coach Mike Keenan really is. The man who guided the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years left the team over the summer to join the St. Louis Blues. Exactly how much Keenan had to do with the Rangers’ triumph will become known this season. We’re not saying Keenan was solely responsible for New York’s win, but this much is indisputable: The Rangers hadn’t won the Cup in 54 years before his arrival and things didn’t look near as good for them before he was hired in 1993. That’s not to say the Rangers can’t win the hardware without Iron Mike. Any team with Mike Richter in goal; Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov on defense and Mark…

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Pick a net: Trouble’s brewing in both of them

The Washington Capitals have been the model of consistency over the years: Consistently good in the regular season and consistently mediocre in the playoffs. The formula has been good enough to keep general manager David Poile employed the past 12 years and for him to get a new three-year contract in June. It wasn’t so good for coach Terry Murray. Five years after replacing his brother Bryan behind the Capitals’ bench, Murray was fired and replaced by mattress salesman/NHL coach Jim Schoenfeld Jan. 27. The Capitals are good for an upset occasionally-such as last year when they eliminated Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the opening round. Pittsburgh finished 13 points ahead of Washington in the regular season, but was heavily favored in the series. Next, the Capitals…