Coyotes general manager Bobby Smith made an excellent deal last
month when he acquired 14-year veteran defenseman J.J.
Daigneault from the Predators for future considerations.
Daigneault is a smooth puckhandler who provides depth and
quality leadership. In the spring of 1997 his solid play helped
the Mighty Ducks eliminate Phoenix in the first round....
While some former Penguins such as Ron Francis, Mario Lemieux
and Luc Robitaille aren't receiving the deferred payments owed
them--the team is in Chapter 11--current Pittsburgh players,
including goalie Tom Barrasso, who's having an outstanding
season (16-10-3 record, 2.36 GAA at week's end), are getting all
their deferred money. The reason: according to the collective
bargaining agreement, if a team misses a payment to a player,
that player can become a free agent in two weeks....
The Panthers are thrilled with the development of 6'6",
230-pound rookie forward Peter Worrell, who is already one of
the league's top enforcers. Worrell, 21, skates well and has
good hands, and Florida management is projecting him as a
With the two-referee system set to be implemented for the
playoffs, let's hope the NHL reaches out to former official Andy
van Hellemond, who retired in June 1996 after having made some
poor calls in a postseason game between the Nordiques and the
Rangers the previous spring. Van Hellemond, 51, was a top ref
for 24 years, and with many new officials being brought in, he'd
be a perfect complement to a young ref....
February 22, 1999
The leading candidates to replace Senators assistant G.M. Ray
Shero, who left for a similar job with Nashville, are Marshall
Johnston and Jarmo Kekalainen. Whoever gets the job will have a
tough time because Ottawa has 11 players set to become free