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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
March 20, 2000
If there was any question whether embattled Bruins coach Pat Burns would return next season, it was answered last week when Boston traded Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk to the Avalanche and dealt Rob DiMaio to the Rangers. All three were firm backers of Burns, who has been under fire in Boston for the Bruins' disappointing season (21-31-17-5 through Sunday). Burns, however, deserves credit for not lashing out at management, considering his lineup has been decimated by injuries, contract holdouts and questionable player transactions....
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March 20, 2000

In The Crease

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If there was any question whether embattled Bruins coach Pat Burns would return next season, it was answered last week when Boston traded Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk to the Avalanche and dealt Rob DiMaio to the Rangers. All three were firm backers of Burns, who has been under fire in Boston for the Bruins' disappointing season (21-31-17-5 through Sunday). Burns, however, deserves credit for not lashing out at management, considering his lineup has been decimated by injuries, contract holdouts and questionable player transactions....

The NHL's image will continue to suffer as long as the league allows rampant crosschecking and slashing. In the waning moments of the Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the Sabres last Friday, Montreal defenseman Eric Weinrich was cross-checked in the mouth by Buffalo forward Vaclav Varada. When players on the Canadiens bench asked referee Don Koharski why there was no penalty, his response was that Varada was trying to defend himself....

Heading for the trading deadline on Tuesday, most teams in postseason contention were looking to add depth. Why? Clubs see the success of the Blues, who are so deep that their third line comprises the outstanding trio of center Marty Reasoner and wings Jochen Hecht and Stephane Richer....

Hurricanes center Rod Brind'Amour, who had a slow start with Carolina after being acquired from the Flyers in late January, has been terrific lately. On a recently completed four-game road trip Brind'Amour won 75% of his face-offs. His improved play coincides with the arrival of his wife, Kelle, and their two children in Carolina....

Many observers felt the Sabres overpaid by sending forwards Brian Holzinger and Wayne Primeau and promising defenseman Cory Sarich to the Lightning for center Chris Gratton last week. Buffalo, however, most likely would not have protected Holzinger and Primeau in June's expansion draft.

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