Flyers wing Mark Recchi got off to a slow start this season (two
points in seven games), but over the last three weeks he's
averaged more than a point per game. One reason is that Recchi
switched back to the CCM Tacks he'd worn for years. Recchi, who
had been trying a new model of skates from the same company, says
he feels much more comfortable in his old boots....
The Capitals are losing patience with 6'4", 234-pound wing Chris
Simon, who is off to a poor start. Simon, an enforcer turned
scorer (he had 29 goals two seasons ago), had only one goal in
his first 17 games this year and lost three fights decisively.
Even though Simon usually heats up in the second half of the
season, bet that Washington trades him before then....
The Canucks, an unexpected playoff team in 2000-01, were only
7-11-1-0 through Sunday, in part because of their overly
physical play. Vancouver had tried to intimidate teams early in
games (at week's end the Canucks had eight fighting majors in
the first period) and led the league in penalty minutes....
There's been much speculation that the Devils will trade
free-agent-to-be Bobby Holik, but don't be surprised if New
Jersey hangs on to the 6'4", 230-pound center. General manager
Lou Lamoriello knows that to win in the physical Eastern
Conference, a team needs two big centers. (The Devils also have
6'4", 220-pound Jason Arnott.) Watching Holik match up
effectively against elite Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin in
back-to-back games last week proved that New Jersey would be
better off signing Holik to a contract extension than dealing