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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
November 09, 1998
The Flyers want a reliable right wing to play on their top line with Eric Lindros and John LeClair, they have their eyes on reacquiring Tampa Bay's Mikael Ronberg (below), whom they traded before last season. Philadelphia is also interested in obtaining the Lightning's Rob Zamuner, a superb checking center and face-off specialist. The bait? Speedy forwards Alexandre Daigle and Dainius Zubrus....
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November 09, 1998

In The Crease

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The Flyers want a reliable right wing to play on their top line with Eric Lindros and John LeClair, they have their eyes on reacquiring Tampa Bay's Mikael Ronberg (below), whom they traded before last season. Philadelphia is also interested in obtaining the Lightning's Rob Zamuner, a superb checking center and face-off specialist. The bait? Speedy forwards Alexandre Daigle and Dainius Zubrus....

There are four young goaltender prospects who have the ability to be outstanding NHLers in the near future: the Canadians' Mathieu Garon, the Islanders' Roberto Luongo, the Flames Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the Avalanche's Marc Denis. The players have more in common than just their ability—all of them come from that goaltenders' wellspring, Quebec....

Kudos to the NHL's new dean of discipline, Colin Campbell. So far he's suspending those players who deserve it ( Anaheim's Ruslan Salei, for instance, who was put on the shelf for five games for slew-footing the Coyotes' Daniel Briere in the preseason) while not overreacting to some violent hits (such as Lindros's vicious but clean check last week on the Senators' Andreas Dackell). Campbell is a former NHL player and coach who understands the difference between a foul and a nonfoul....

When Canadiens assistant general manager Phil Scheuer was the league's schedule maker from 1978-79 to '94-95, he took into account the fatigue that comes from playing too many games in a short period of time. These days the schedule is made by a computer, and the league is suffering as a consequence. For example, there are too many situations in which teams play four games in six nights, a workload that results in ragged play. The fans—and players—deserve better....

One of the biggest challenges for a defenseman is to keep the puck in the attacking zone while he's at the blue line. Doing so is critical because if the defenseman tries to keep the puck in and fails, an odd-man rush may develop. If the blue line is successful, a scoring chance can ensue. Here, in descending order, are the NHL's best practitioners of this art: Larry Murphy, Red Wings; Brian Leetch, Rangers; Steve Duchesne, Kings; Ray Bourque, Bruins; and Wade Redden, Senators.

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