Kings Update

by Tony Calfo
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The Kings and Justin Papineau appear to have gone their separate ways. While Justin Papineau is not the first highly skilled player to re-enter a draft after not being able to come to terms, he may be the most talented individual to leave such a untalented farm system. With Papineau’s departure, the Kings have virtually no playmakers in their system. Knowing this, why would the Kings do this?

The answers are actually a little more clear than they may seem. I, for one, had hoped that they would sign Papineau because of his offensive prowess. The Kings clearly don’t think enough of his game to make him an offer on a larger signing bonus. We all know the knocks about Papineau, but I think there is something the Kings saw when they made their last scouting trip to see him that made their decision final. One of those things may actually have happened here. Scott Barney underwent back surgery and by all accounts, should be ready to race by the start of training camp. The Kings have always thought more of Barney and the fact that they didn’t sign Papineau speaks volumes about their faith in Barney.
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Giguere is gone

by pbadmin
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere was traded today to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for a second round pick, the 42nd pick overall, in this years draft. The reasoning behind the move is that the Flames could only protect 5 forwards and 3 defense man if 2 goaltenders where protected which under the circumstances was unacceptable. Losses at the forward and defense position would most likely cause too much damage in the long run. The players they could of lost play a vital role on the team as checking forwards and number four defensemen which initially does not look like a lot but becomes irreplaceable when trying to make a playoff run.
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Ryan Whitney Future Watch

by Erik Freeman
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Welcome to another installment of Future Watch. This time we are featuring the nasty 6-4 190lb defenseman out of Thayer Academy, Ryan Whitney. Whitney has accepted an offer to attend the National Development Program in Ann Arbor and he will be a strong addition to the team. He is excited about playing for new coach Mike Eaves and at a higher level of competition to get him ready for Boston University, which is where he will be attending college. Whitney will be playing at the Select 17 festival in St. Cloud for the Massachusetts squad and is hoping to attend the US National Junior Camp.

Whitney is the #1 rated defenseman for his age in the country. He is already one of the top 20 prospects for the 2001 entry draft but would have to opt in for that and he probably won’t do that because he would lose his college eligibility. Whitney plays a style similar to that of NHL star Chris Pronger. Expect big things in the future from this big, talented, star defenseman who plays the game with a mean streak.

IHL Playoff Update

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

CHICAGO WOLVES CAPTURE 1999-2000 IHL TURNER CUP.

The Chicago Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 6 of the
Turner Cup Finals Monday night and were crowned the 2000 Turner Cup
Champions. It was Chicago’s second title in three years.

After a scoreless first, the Wolves started the scoring on an unassisted
goal by Derek Plante at 6:54 of the second stanza. He followed up with his
second of the game and his fifth of the playoffs just 26 seconds later when
he took a feed from Dan Plante and Glen Featherstone giving the Wolves a 2-0
lead.

Grand Rapids narrowed the lead to one as Petr Schastlivy scored at the 13:30
mark of the second with assists from John Gruden and Slava Butsayev, but the
Griffins would never come closer as netminder Andrei Trefilov held strong
for Chicago through the final 26 minutes.

Trefilov’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was named the Turner Cup
Playoff MVP and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile Trophy.
He finished the post-season with a 7-1 record and a 1.20 GAA. It was only
the third time in Turner Cup history that a goaltender was named Most
Valuable Player.

Chris Marinucci added an insurance goal for the Wolves midway through the
third period even though the Wolves took only two shots on Griffins’
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Behind the Bench with…….Red Berenson

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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If you played in the NHL around the time of the first expansion and you were up against the Detroit Red Wings or the St. Louis Blues, the last person you wanted to see on the ice in the final two minutes was Red Berenson. If you did, it invariably meant that your team was down a goal and there wasn’t going to be much you could do about it. Once his playing career came to a close, and after a short stint in Buffalo, Berenson took his modus operandi to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. There he continued to build upon a championship tradition. Recently, Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to talk with Coach Berenson about the Wolverines and hockey in general in the state of Michigan. Here is what he had to say.

Hockey’s Future: While you had a pretty good season, you can’t help but feel some disappointment for not attaining the ultimate goal of the NCAA Hockey Championships which is to win the Frozen Four. How would you qualify the Wolverine’s 99/00 season in terms of offense, defense, and goaltending and what do you think you can expect next year in this regard?

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