A troubling sign of the times: In the Hurricanes' 3-1 victory
over the Canadiens on Jan. 30, Carolina forward Robert Kron had
a chance for a hat trick in the final minutes when Montreal
pulled its goaltender, yet a teammate twice didn't pass to a
wide-open Kron. Linemate Ray Sheppard chose to shoot at the
empty net himself--and missed both times. Sheppard, who had 18
goals at week's end, will be an unrestricted free agent next
summer, and he has a clause in his contract that will pay him a
substantial bonus if he scores at least 30 goals this season.
These days too many players think of themselves before the

The Flyers' Eric Lindros, who through Sunday was second in the
league in scoring, embarked on a workout regimen in the
off-season that has clearly helped his game. He hired Phil
Zullo, a Toronto-based personal trainer who designed a program
to strengthen Lindros's legs. Zullo, who also trains the
Canadiens' Shayne Corson, has received a number of phone calls
from other players trying to secure his services next summer....

After having been traded by the Flyers on Jan. 29 and having
signed a one-year extension with the Lightning last week, center
Alexandre Daigle, the No. 1 pick in the 1993 draft, by the
Senators, said that he had done nothing wrong in his six-year
NHL career and wanted to know why the media and fans were so
negative toward him. Here is the reason: Daigle was paid a
league record salary for a rookie ($12.5 million over five
years), yet he underachieved in Ottawa and Philadelphia because
his work habits were poor.