Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cross-Checking around the Nhl

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cross-Checking around the Nhl

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CENTRAL DIVISION

The Red Wings continue to deny rumors they are trying to shop mopey, ineffective center Sergei Fedorov to New Jersey or Washington. . . . No. 2 goaltender Jeff Hackett returned to the nets for the Blackhawks and beat the Flyers 4-1 with a brilliant effort. He had been sidelined with a broken finger suffered against the Blues. . . . The Coyotes will get a lift this week when ex-Blue Cliff Ronning returns. He was shelved by a broken wrist. With the team in an 0-5-2 slump at home, owner Richard Burke is concerned. "I didn't boo," he said after a recent loss, "but I certainly could have." The Stars hope the return of Joe Nieuwendyk to their center corps will help revive their flagging power play. He scored his first goal of the season in his third game back in action. . . . The Toronto Sun reported that the Blues are shopping center Peter Zezel. . . . Every Maple Leafs trade rumor seems to involve defenseman Dave Ellett leaving.

PACIFIC DIVISION Now that defenseman Mike Rathje is on the injured list, the Sharks are really eager to get Marty McSorley in the lineup. He is battling chronic hip problems. . . . One reason for Anaheim's demise this season is the failure of Jari Kurri. He had just one assist in an 11-game span, demonstrating why the Rangers were willing to let him walk. On the bright side, Paul Kariya has four goals in his last four games, proving he is over his abdominal muscle injury. . . . The Canucks are still looking to make changes. They may be willing to part with Bret Hedican to get Bryan Smolinski out of Pittsburgh. Sorry, Jim Campbell, but Flames power forward Jarome Iginla is a lock for the Calder Trophy - an award that will earn him a $500,000 bonus. . . . Oilers winger Mariusz Czerkawski is on the bubble in Edmonton, but he enjoyed his trip back to Boston. He scored a natural hat trick against his old team, the Bruins. . . . In the season's first month, the surprising Kings made three trips east and covered 14,650 air miles. …

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