Expect Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy (above), who can be an
unrestricted free agent this summer, to sign a contract
extension with Colorado very soon. His new deal will be for two
or three years and should pay at least as much as the Sabres are
shelling out for Dominik Hasek, who will earn an average of $7.7
million over the remaining three years of the contract he signed
in March 1998....
Penguins forward Stu Barnes, an erstwhile 30-goal scorer who had
15 goals through Sunday, is being shopped around. Don't be
surprised if he ends up with the Blackhawks....
Stat of the week: In 35 games with Carolina this season, forward
Nelson Emerson took 84 shots. Since being traded to the
Blackhawks on Dec. 29, he'd played 11 games through Sunday and
taken 40 shots. The difference? Emerson's new linemates Doug
Gilmour and Tony Amonte know how to move the puck quickly....
Speaking of Amonte, he has a clause in his contract that calls
for a $500,000 bonus if he scores 40 or more goals in a season.
Moreover, that sum is added to his base salary for each of the
three years left on the deal. With 24 goals, Amonte was well on
his way to earning the bonus....
The most improved player in the league is Stars forward Grant
Marshall, a veteran who at week's end had eight goals, one less
than his career high for a season. The reason? Nobody works
harder in practice than Marshall, who, by the way, knows about
comebacks: At 17, while playing for Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey
League, he broke his neck. He was back before the end of the