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in the Crease
Pierre McGuire
May 14, 2001
If nothing else, the hiring of Brian Sutter as coach of the Blackhawks will make Chicago a tougher team. Sutter, who was a hard-nosed player, demands that his clubs play in-your-face hockey (he previously coached the Blues for four seasons and the Bruins and the Flames for three each), a quality the Hawks have lacked in missing the playoffs for four straight years. Also, expect Chicago to be active in the free-agent market, and don't be surprised if it tries to acquire me Flames' Val Bure, who has fallen out of favor in Calgary but scored a career-best 35 goals playing for Sutter in 1999-2000....
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May 14, 2001

In The Crease

If nothing else, the hiring of Brian Sutter as coach of the Blackhawks will make Chicago a tougher team. Sutter, who was a hard-nosed player, demands that his clubs play in-your-face hockey (he previously coached the Blues for four seasons and the Bruins and the Flames for three each), a quality the Hawks have lacked in missing the playoffs for four straight years. Also, expect Chicago to be active in the free-agent market, and don't be surprised if it tries to acquire me Flames' Val Bure, who has fallen out of favor in Calgary but scored a career-best 35 goals playing for Sutter in 1999-2000....

The Canadiens are interested in obtaining former Coyotes forward Robert Reichel, who played in the Czech Republic last season after failing to come to contract terms with Phoenix. Forward Mikael Renberg, whose rights are also owned by the Coyotes and who played in Sweden last season for personal reasons, may also be ready to return to the NHL. The Flyers and the Leafs are interested in trading for his rights....

As the playoffs unfolded, here are the three best moves that coaches made: 1) The decision of the Leafs' Pat Quinn to move checking center Shayne Corson opposite the Devils' Scott Gomez after Game 3 of the New Jersey-Toronto series. Corson immediately shut down Gomez, who had had four points in the first three matches. 2) The pushing by the Sabres' Lindy Ruff of his penalty killers to pressure the Penguins' point men, leading to two shorthanded goals. 3) The matching by the Kings' Andy Murray of defensemen Aaron Miller and Mattias Norstrom against Avalanche center Peter Forsberg following Game 4. The duo kept Forsberg, who had been dominant, scoreless in Games 5 and 6.

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