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Pierre Mcguire
February 04, 2002
Mighty Ducks general manager Pierre Gauthier raised a lot of eyebrows last week by faxing to every other NHL team a list of 10 Anaheim players he said were available in trades. Gauthier's counterparts were surprised that he'd send such a list, because in their minds that devalued the players. Those made available included goaltender Steve Shields and wing Jeff Friesen, both of whom Gauthier acquired for franchise player Teemu Selanne last March; defenseman Jason York and wing German Titov, who were signed as free agents over the last two years; and right wing Marty Mclnnis....
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February 04, 2002

In The Crease

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Mighty Ducks general manager Pierre Gauthier raised a lot of eyebrows last week by faxing to every other NHL team a list of 10 Anaheim players he said were available in trades. Gauthier's counterparts were surprised that he'd send such a list, because in their minds that devalued the players. Those made available included goaltender Steve Shields and wing Jeff Friesen, both of whom Gauthier acquired for franchise player Teemu Selanne last March; defenseman Jason York and wing German Titov, who were signed as free agents over the last two years; and right wing Marty Mclnnis....

The Senators are dangling Radek Bonk, because some in the Ottawa organization feel he isn't a true No. 1 center. There's also the feeling in the Ottawa front office that if Bonk were dealt, defenseman Zdeno Chara, who now defers to the more experienced Bonk, would assume a leadership role for the Senators. Insiders say the hardworking Chara would provide an excellent role model for the rest of the team....

The Canucks' Brent Sopel has been among the highest-scoring defensemen in the league since late December (16 points in 14 games with a +15 rating through Sunday). Last summer he was told by the coaching staff to get stronger, so he lifted weights, adding 25 pounds to his 6'1", 205-pound frame. Coach Marc Crawford then thought that Sopel had put on too much muscle and that his play was suffering because of a lack of flexibility. Since the start of the season Sopel has dropped 15 pounds, to 215, and he's been one of the best-kept secrets in the NHL....

The Coyotes sent a positive message to their fans last Friday by acquiring sniper Brian Savage from the Canadiens for wing Sergei Berezin. Savage, who had 14 goals at the time of the deal, will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, but Phoenix, which is unexpectedly battling for a playoff spot, took a chance that it could re-sign Savage.

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