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in the Crease
Pierre McGuire
January 13, 2003
Hockey legends Scotty Bowman and Bobby Orr feel the NHL should eliminate the red line, a move that would open up the game. (International and college games are played without a red line.) Bowman and Orr think long passes would be akin to the bomb in football and bring a new level of excitement. In the past, the NHL has rejected making such a change....
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January 13, 2003

In The Crease

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Hockey legends Scotty Bowman and Bobby Orr feel the NHL should eliminate the red line, a move that would open up the game. (International and college games are played without a red line.) Bowman and Orr think long passes would be akin to the bomb in football and bring a new level of excitement. In the past, the NHL has rejected making such a change....

Lightning G.M. Jay Feaster may regret last June's trade in which he dealt the 2002 No. 4 draft pick to the Flyers for wing Ruslan Fedotenko. With the choice, Philadelphia selected Finnish defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who dominated at the recently completed world junior championships. Fedotenko, playing on Tampa's second line, had nine goals through Sunday, but scouts are comparing the 6'3" Pitkanen to a young Chris Pronger....

Don't be surprised to see the Blackhawks sign free-agent goalie Tom Barrasso to serve as Jocelyn Thibault's backup. At week's end Thibault had played in 36 of Chicago's 40 games.

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