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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
April 17, 2000
Rangers defenseman St�phane Quintal said recently that he wanted to be traded to the Canadiens, for whom he played from 1995-96 through '98-99, but he shouldn't expect a warm welcome from his former Montreal teammates if a deal is consummated. The reason? As an unrestricted free agent last summer, Quintal could have re-signed with the Canadiens but instead went for the big bucks in New York ($11.4 million over four years) and alienated many Montreal players....
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April 17, 2000

In The Crease

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Rangers defenseman St�phane Quintal said recently that he wanted to be traded to the Canadiens, for whom he played from 1995-96 through '98-99, but he shouldn't expect a warm welcome from his former Montreal teammates if a deal is consummated. The reason? As an unrestricted free agent last summer, Quintal could have re-signed with the Canadiens but instead went for the big bucks in New York ($11.4 million over four years) and alienated many Montreal players....

Pittsburgh coach Herb Brooks, who took over after Kevin Constantine was fired on Dec. 9, deserves a lot of credit for turning around the Penguins—they were 8-14-3-4 under Constantine; 29-23-5-2 with Brooks behind the bench—and guiding them to the playoffs. In addition Brooks was instrumental in nurturing former Czech national coach Ivan Hlinka, who joined Pittsburgh as associate coach on Feb. 21 and who is expected to succeed Brooks next season....

One of the easiest ways to break down an opponent's forecheck is to have a defenseman move the puck quickly and accurately, a maneuver that takes on even more importance in the postseason. Here are the top five backliners at that skill: 1) Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; 2) Chris Pronger, Blues; 3) Raymond Bourque, Avalanche; 4) Eric Desjardins, Flyers; and 5) Teppo Numminen, Coyotes....

Why did Red Wings forward Brendan Shanahan, who could have commanded nearly $8 million per season as a free agent this summer, sign a new deal with Detroit last week worth $26 million over four years? Shanahan loves playing wing on Steve Yzerman's line, he received the no-trade clause he wanted, and he had little desire to be a pawn of the NHL Players' Association in its salary battle with the league, as the Bruins' Byron Dafoe was last year. Dafoe held out until Oct. 29 before finally agreeing to the contract Boston offered him last summer, and subsequently had a poor season.

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