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March 30, 2009

March 30, 2009

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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CROSSWORD

ANSWERS AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT ISSUE AND AT THN.com/xword ACROSS 1 ___ Yzerman will choose Canada’s team for the 2010 Olympics 8 San Jose center who is certain to be on that team 9 Where players sit 10 He won the 2004 Hart Trophy (with 15 Across) 11 Ex-Leaf and Red Wing ___ Thompson 14 Nashville’s ___ Legwand 15 See 10 Across 20 Number retired by the Bruins (it was Cam Neely’s) 21 You get two minutes for this 22 Bob ___ coached the Kings, Habs and Penguins 23 Glenn ___ is in the Hall of Fame 24 Hit hard DOWN 2 Wayne Gretzky’s nickname: ‘___ ___ One’ 3 Home of the Cougars, who challenged for the Stanley Cup in 1914 4 Leading 5 One of the Hulls 6 Nickname of Sarnia’s Ontario League team (or, a famous musician) 7 Forward lines 12 The Isles play at Nassau ___ 13 He centers Philadelphia’s…

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No executive in the NHL possesses Holland’s managerial acumen

The Old Guard GMs who have been with current team the longest: GM SEASON Lou Lamoriello, NJ 21st Jim Rutherford, Car 14th Darcy Regier, Buf 11th Ken Holland, Det 11th Larry Pleau, StL 11th George McPhee, Wsh 11th David Poile, Nsh 10th Don Waddell, Atl 9th Doug Risebrough, Min 8th Glen Sather, NYR SEASON 8th 1 KEN HOLLAND DETROIT RED WINGS / 11th SEASON CAREER 537-226-124 (.675) CUPS 3 PLAYOFFS 17-7 SERIES RECORD NO SURPRISES HERE. The only diploma the undersized former minor pro goalie has is from Vernon High School, but there is no executive in the NHL who possesses Holland’s managerial acumen. He has presided over powerhouse teams in both the free-spending and salary cap eras, has a strong foundation in player knowledge and can judge the value of his personnel. There are many people responsible for the Red Wings’ success, but make no mistake –…

Prospects Unlimited

Fighting and free

AFTER BIDING HIS TIME through two seasons at Notre Dame, senior goalie Jordan Pierce made up for lost time in a hurry. As a freshman and sophomore, Pierce played just 12 games while backing up David Brown. When Brown graduated, Pierce, 22, took over. He played 43 games as a junior last year, was named the CCHA’s top goaltender and led the Fighting Irish to the Frozen Four final. “Not playing was frustrating at first, because I think every freshman comes in thinking they are going to play every night,” Pierce said. “But I talked to (Notre Dame coach Jeff) Jackson and realized my chance would come in my junior year. So I started practicing harder and competing harder. It helped prepare me, so when my chance did come I’d make the…

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Thirty and out

THEY SIGN PLAYERS TO OUTRAGEOUS CONTRACTS and get their teams into massive salary cap trouble. Even the best ones are lucky to hit the Mendoza Line when it comes to players they drafted actually making it to the NHL. They make impulsive moves that often end up costing their teams. They hire questionable coaches. Every one of them who has ever held the job has made more than one trade that has produced a skeleton in his closet and there’s an old saying that suggests they really haven’t truly arrived until they’ve made a multi-million-dollar mistake. This is the issue in which we rank the league’s 30 GMs – well, 32 if you include the Les Jackson-Brett Hull tandem in Dallas and the Doug Arm-strong-Larry Pleau working relationship in St. Louis…