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

Just as the Blackhawks had something going - winning nine of 14 games - they lost defensive cornerstone Chris Chelios to a knee injury. . . . The Coyotes won only 13 of their first 34 games at home. . . . How will Toronto split up its remaining talent? The Rangers covet Kirk Muller, but the Leafs want Alexander Karpovtsev for him. The Flyers like Jamie Macoun.

In a nine-game span, ex-Blue Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov and Darren McCarty combined for 43 points as a line. The Red Wings actually expressed some interest in acquiring big Kevin Stevens from the Kings before Stevens suffered a bruised foot. . . . The Stars won eight of 10 home games after a horrid 4-8-2 stretch at Reunion Arena. PACIFIC DIVISION Long-suffering Theoren Fleury scored his first goal in 12 games for the Flames. Despite Calgary's playoff push, it may deal free-agent-to-be Dave Gagner after he turned down a $1.8 million per year offer. He seems likely to sign with Chicago this summer, which is why the Blackhawks are being coy in trade talks. . . . Canucks winger Pavel Bure scored just two goals in February and had a plus-minus rating of minus-eight. All that for $5 million a year! Now he's out at least two weeks because of whiplash. He said he's been feeling the effects of whiplash since the first game of the season when he was slammed into the boards by Calgary's Todd Simpson. He said he would not return until he has healed. Bure has been a season-long disappointment with only 23 goals in 63 games. Ex-Blue Roman Vopat had game-winning goals twice in a three-game span for the Kings. He, like Mike Grier in Edmonton, could be the Mike Keenan castoffs most missed down the road. . . . Key Oilers players are begging general manager Glen Sather not to trade defenseman Luke Richardson, but Slats has no choice but to move the free-agent-to-be. …

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