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In the Crease

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Posted: Tuesday January 05, 1999 05:31 PM

By Pierre Mcguire

Sports Illustrated Oilers right wing Pat Falloon , the No. 2 pick in the 1991 draft (by the Sharks), has been able to rekindle his foundering career for two reasons. First, coach Ron Low persuaded Edmonton management to stick with Falloon, an off-season free-agent pickup, even after Falloon had a terrible training camp. Second, Falloon, who has played his way out of three other organizations, is finally in top-notch physical condition at age 26. Through Sunday he had nine goals and had been a force on the power play....

Representatives of Canadiens star right wing Mark Recchi , an unrestricted free agent at season's end, will meet with the Montreal brass on Jan. 16 and 17 to discuss Recchi's future with the club....

It looks as if the Lightning let another top young prospect get away. In the lopsided deal that sent franchise defenseman Roman Hamrlik to the Oilers for rugged backliner Bryan Marchment and two mediocre prospects in December 1997, the Lightning threw in the rights to Paul Comrie , a center at the University of Denver, to complete the trade. Two weeks ago the 20-year-old Comrie was named MVP of the Denver Cup tournament, where scouts compared him to Doug Weight , Edmonton's No. 1 center....

If the Senators are going to make an impact in the postseason, their weak power play (16th in the league) must improve. One reason Ottawa has struggled with the man advantage is the inconsistent play of defenseman Igor Kravchuk . What's more, Kravchuk signed a lucrative contract (four years, $9.8 million) during the spring, making it virtually impossible to trade him....

Look for Coyotes rookie center Daniel Briere to be a big point producer during the second half of the season. General manager Bobby Smith opened up ice time for Briere when he traded veteran center Cliff Ronning to Nashville earlier in the season....

If Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood doesn't snap out of his recent funk -- in games against the Coyotes, the Predators and the Blues late last month he allowed 14 goals on only 76 shots -- Detroit will be hard-pressed to win a third straight Stanley Cup. way.

Issue date: January 11, 1999

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