Pre-season Update on the New York Rangers

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Sep 24

The Rangers made a bid for the questionably healthy Pat Lafontaine
yesterday, offering Christian Dube plus a draft pick. Buffalo rejected
the offer, saying “Dube is just too small”.

Sep 23/97

It looks like Jason Muzatti could well be the backup goalie, leaving Dan
Cloutier and Robb Stauber for Binghamton or elsewhere. Marc Savard
continues to score and get assists, leading the Rangers in pre-season
scoring. He deserves that 2nd line center spot. Sorry, Christian Dube.
There is a litttle rumour that Ulf Samuelsson and Jeff Beukeboom could be
on the block, perhaps to Vancouver for Pavel Bure and Bret Hedican. Eric
Cairns would become a regular on D to fill the void. Vladimir Vorobiev
doesn’t look like he’ll be playing for now. Is he still in Russia with Visa
problems? It’s certainly been a long time.

Sep 15/97

This summer brought a lot of changes to the New York team who was able to
beat the Eastern Conference leaders, the New Jersey Devils, in the
playoffs. Mark Messier has left a big hole in New York that seems almost
irreplaceable. Mike Keane and Brian Skrudland were brought in to help
Gretzky and Leetch with the leadership and provide good checking. Geoff
Smith has resurfaced in the Big Apple to provide the Rangers with much
needed defensive depth. Glenn Healy was signed away by the Leafs, and Dan
Cloutier figures to be the backup. They decided to trade the underachieving Read more»

The Vancouver Canucks Training Camp Report

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News from Whistler

Ask the players and they will tell you that there is a different
feeling around the Canuck camp this year. Sure, the same old issues are
rearing their ugly heads but this will be one exciting hockey team once
those issues resolve themselves.

When
Pat Quinn and Pavel
Bure
speak it is difficult to sift through the bullshit. These
guys enjoy messing with the media and the media, in turn, enjoys making up
stories when none are offered. The fact is Bure has looked incredible in
camp. He will start the season in Vancouver and Quinn will decide whether
the team will be better off with him or with what they can get for him.
Despite what you may hear, Bure will be happy in Vancouver if Quinn can
work out a reasonable arrangement for payment of the $1.8 million he is
owed from the lockout.

We have not heard much lately about Alexander
Mogilny
but word is he is in Malibu and the parties are still
about $1 million apart. Worse case scenario for the Canucks would be a
lengthy holdout. Watch for Quinn to attempt to get him playing before the
season starts. More on this later.

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A Look at the Oilers Camp

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The Oilers have some good up and coming prospects, so let me get on with it, and show you how each is doing in camp, and there chances of sticking with the Oilers this year:

Steve Kelly

Kelly looks like he’s earned a spot for sure. He’s been displaying the same great combination of speed, skill, and grittiness that got him into some playoff action last season with the big club.

Mike Watt

It looks as though Mike Watt may start the season in Hamilton. He could stick, but will probably be one of the last players to be sent down to the AHL. He could be a call-up this season, however.

Boyd Devereaux

Boyd has been improving each day of camp and looks like he may win a spot. Devereaux really bulked up since being drafted 6th overall in the ’96 draft. He is now listed at 6’2″, 200 lbs. Look for him to be battling with Kelly between the 3rd and 4th line center positions.

Matteiu Descoteaux

Descoteax has been suprising a lot of people so far. He has really filled out (6’3, 220 lbs) and is steady both offensively and defensively. Although almost every defenseman can benefit from a season in the AHL first, Descoteaux could make the team right out of junior.

Sean Brown

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Panthers Training Camp News

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Johnson has a strong camp

Ryan Johnson the 36th overall pick in the 1994 draft has bulked up and is now ready to compete in the NHL. After playing with Carolina last year on the checking line, he is ready to step up and take over a role for the Panthers. There is only 1 problem. The Panthers already have a jam at the forward position with 15 veterans. Due to this fact, Johnson may see another year in Carolina. Coach MacLean is very high on the condition and play of this youngster. “Ryan Johnson has had a great training camp,” MacLean said Monday. “It was his first year in pro hockey,” MacLean said. “He had almost 20 goals as
a checking center in the American Hockey League. He’s in phenomenal shape and he has an asset that’s very valuable — tremendous speed.” With all these characteristics, Johnson has a shot at fighting for that 5th C spot. He is still young, and has everything it takes to one day strive in the NHL. He may not make it this year but watch out, Ryan Johnson is a name to remember for next year.

Weekes awaits his turn

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Michel Riesen

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The Edmonton Oilers made history this past summer when they drafted
Swiss standout Michel Riesen. At 14th overall, Riesen is the highest
drafted player ever that was born and trained in Switzerland. He is,
arguably, the best Swiss player in recent hockey history and the Oil
may have gotten the steal of the draft.

What sold Edmonton management on Michel was that they couldn’t find
anything about him that they didn’t love. One thing that Riesen has that
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau do not, is versatility, which he
exemplifies exceptionally well. While he is listed as a left wing,
Riesen can easily play any of the three forward positions. Extremely
talented offensively, he has a pure goal scoring ability and superior
hands that he uses around the net. He led all scorers at the recent
European Junior Championship and far outshined every other player there.
Riesen’s all-around game has no glaring flaws, though his defensive
skills could use some work which will come with time. Michel takes the
puck out well, protecting it much in the form of Jaromir Jagr. Also like
Jags, Riesen has incredible balance attributed to stellar strength. He
comes down very strong on the wing and releases a heavy, accurate shot
or a perfect pass across the slot. A unique European player in that he
shoots right coming from the left side.

Riesen has the height will need to gain some weight, around 15 pounds, Read more»