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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
November 06, 2000
USA Hockey is looking for another miracle. Expect that organization to announce this week that Herb Brooks will coach the 2002 Olympic team, with Craig Patrick and Larry Pleau serving as the club's general manager and assistant general manager, respectively....
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November 06, 2000

In The Crease

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USA Hockey is looking for another miracle. Expect that organization to announce this week that Herb Brooks will coach the 2002 Olympic team, with Craig Patrick and Larry Pleau serving as the club's general manager and assistant general manager, respectively....

Two defensemen in need of a wake-up call: the Hurricanes' Sandis Ozolinsh and the Blackhawks' Boris Mironov. In June, Ozolinsh was acquired from the Avalanche to run Carolina's power play and bring explosiveness to the back line, but he's been a bust. In fact, Ozolinsh's plus-minus rating (-8) through Sunday was the worst on the team. As for Mironov, who's also offense-minded, he has played poorly (no goals, -8 rating), and his lack of passion has some of his teammates questioning his desire....

On Nov. 15 the league's general managers will meet in Toronto with two key issues on the agenda. The first concerns the way players will be approached about representing their countries at the world championships in April. The general managers want some protocol established between the national federations and the NHL clubs, because they don't want their players distracted while teams are making playoff runs, as has happened in the past. The second issue is poor ice conditions. Executives want rules that would limit on-ice promotions to the first five minutes between periods, which would give Zambonis 12 minutes to resurface the ice and let it set....

Is tradition going the way of the hip-check? In Montreal and Ottawa recently four players had hat tricks (including three for the home teams), and only one hat was thrown onto the ice....

Don't be surprised if the Islanders become a team to be reckoned with. Last week general manager Mike Milbury told coach Butch Goring and his staff they were too soft on the players and had to push the club harder in practice. The Islanders then went 3-0-1 and looked headed in the right direction.

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