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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
March 16, 1998
One reason the Blues were leading the league in goals at week's end, despite the loss of center Pierre Turgeon and right wings Brett Hull and Joe Murphy for long stretches this season, is that they have very quick forwards. The speed allows them to generate scoring chances off the rush, something that is important in the free-flowing Western Conference....
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March 16, 1998

In The Crease

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One reason the Blues were leading the league in goals at week's end, despite the loss of center Pierre Turgeon and right wings Brett Hull and Joe Murphy for long stretches this season, is that they have very quick forwards. The speed allows them to generate scoring chances off the rush, something that is important in the free-flowing Western Conference....

A name to watch for St. Louis: Michal Handzus, a 6'5", 202-pound center, who is flourishing with the Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League. He's being likened to a young Ron Francis, and general managers around the league are constantly trying to pry him from the Blues....

The slumping Coyotes (0-7-2 in their last nine games through Sunday), who made a four-player trade last week, may not be finished dealing. General manager Bobby Smith has talked with teams about a swap for Phoenix center Jeremy Roenick. One of those clubs that rejected him was the Kings....

Flyers director of player personnel Paul Holmgren had a hand in last week's acquisition of goalie Sean Burke from the Canucks for netminder Garth Snow. When Holmgren coached Burke in Hartford in the mid-1990s, he called him MT—for Meal Ticket....

Three players who may be traded soon: centers Joe Juneau of the Capitals and Andrew Cassels of the Flames, and defenseman Igor Kravchuk of the Senators. The Canadiens are interested in Juneau, who could provide some spark for their offense, and Cassels, who is an adept playmaker. The Blues and the Sabres are also interested in Cassels. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks, Canucks and Red Wings are talking to Ottawa about Kravchuk, a solid all-around back-liner who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season....

Stars goaltender Ed Belt our, who was second in the league in goals-against average (1.88), gets lots of support. He has faced 20 or fewer shots 17 times this season.

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