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In The Crease

May 06, 2002
May 06, 2002

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May 6, 2002

In The Crease

The Blues' coaching staff is raving about 35-year-old forward
Scott Mellanby, who plays on the top line with Pavol Demitra and
Keith Tkachuk. Mellanby seems to always end up with loose pucks
along the boards, and it's difficult for defensemen to move him
out of the slot. In St. Louis's first-round victory over the
Blackhawks, his presence kept checkers from shadowing Demitra,
who had three goals.... Sheldon Ferguson, the Hurricanes'
director of amateur scouting, should get a lot of credit for
Carolina's defeat of the Devils in Round 1. Four players whom
Ferguson selected after the 70th pick in the 1998
draft--forwards Erik Cole, Jaroslav Svoboda, Josef Vasicek and
Tommy Westlund--were key contributors last week.... The Kings'
40-year-old Dave Tippett is one of the most highly regarded
assistants in the league. He oversees L.A.'s special teams,
which finished first on the power play and third in penalty
killing in the regular season. Don't be surprised to see
Tippett's name mentioned for vacant head coaching jobs.... Stars
G.M. Doug Armstrong and assistant Francois Giguere scouted the
Hurricanes-Devils series with an eye toward possibly signing two
free-agents-to-be, center Bobby Holik of New Jersey and
defenseman Bret Hedican of Carolina, after they become available
on July 1.... Senators insiders say that their team's success
against the Flyers in the first round can be traced to its
upgrade in grit. After last season, when a soft Ottawa club was
swept in the first round by the more physical Leafs, the
Senators obtained 6'9" defenseman Zdeno Chara and grinding
forwards Benoit Brunet, Jody Hull and Juha Ylonen.

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