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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
November 29, 1999
Several NHL scouts who recently returned from Europe are raving about 17-year-old right wing Marian Gaborik of Trencin, a club team in Slovakia. The 6'1", 183-pound Gaborik is an explosive offensive force who has a good chance to be the No. 1 pick in the June entry draft....
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November 29, 1999

In The Crease

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Several NHL scouts who recently returned from Europe are raving about 17-year-old right wing Marian Gaborik of Trencin, a club team in Slovakia. The 6'1", 183-pound Gaborik is an explosive offensive force who has a good chance to be the No. 1 pick in the June entry draft....

Coaches around the league were furious—and talking union—because the NHL fined Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman $1,000 for shoving a TV cameraman at Tampa Bay's Ice Palace on Nov. 7, but did not sanction Detroit players Steve Yzerman and Martin Lapointe who were involved in a similar incident during that game....

The Sharks are off to the best start in franchise history (13-9-3 through Sunday), despite the absence of their top defensive tandem, Marcus Ragnarsson and Mike Rathje, who have been out with injuries since Oct. 19 and Nov. 3, respectively. Ragnarsson, who suffered a hairline fracture of his right instep, and Rathje (strained groin) are day-to-day. Expect San Jose to be an even bigger force when those two return to the ice....

The Lightning, the NHL's worst club the last two years, is a nightmare to play against this season. Tampa Bay, which used to be a soft team, has added gritty players like forward Steve Martins and Bruce Gardiner. Credit tough new general manager Rick Dudley for the Lightning's turnaround (7-11-1 through Sunday)....

If the NHL is serious about cleaning up the game, it should have the victim of a cheap shot testify at a suspension hearing; currently only league disciplinarian Colin Campbell, the offending player, his general manager and the game official attend those meetings. A face-to-face encounter might get the offenders to understand the suffering they've caused....

When Brett Hull of the Stars and Vincent Lecavalier of the Lightning changed uniform numbers in late summer, they caused a headache for retailers, who were stuck with thousands of dollars in unwanted and out-of-date merchandise.

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