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in the Crease
Pierre McGuire
May 05, 2003
While rumors of former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman's coming out of retirement to go behind the Rangers' bench are false, don't be surprised if his longtime assistant Barry Smith finally gets a chance to be a head coach next season. Smith, 52, a Red Wings assistant for the last 10 years, is in the running for the vacant Pittsburgh job. He is an excellent teacher and would be a good fit with the young Penguins....
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May 05, 2003

In The Crease

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While rumors of former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman's coming out of retirement to go behind the Rangers' bench are false, don't be surprised if his longtime assistant Barry Smith finally gets a chance to be a head coach next season. Smith, 52, a Red Wings assistant for the last 10 years, is in the running for the vacant Pittsburgh job. He is an excellent teacher and would be a good fit with the young Penguins....

USA Hockey hit a low point last week when the U.S. team it sent to the world championships lost 5-2 to Denmark (above) and 1-0 to Switzerland. (The Danes hadn't played in the worlds since 1949, when they got embarrassed by Canada 47-0.) Many outsiders feel the organization's dysfunctional management—which had difficulty persuading top U.S. pro players to join this year's team and has sent underachieving squads to previous worlds and world junior tournaments—is the reason for the program's slide....

Last week Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock complained about how easily the fashionable one-piece carbon fiber sticks break. Some players around the league, notably penalty killers who can't afford to be left short-handed by broken sticks, have switched to more reliable wood.

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