Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Devils' MacLean Avoids Suspension

John MacLean, the New Jersey Devils' leading scorer in the playoffs, got a reprieve Saturday when the National Hockey League didn't suspend him for a slash late in Game 4 on Thursday that broke the left arm of New York Rangers' forward Niklas Sundstrom.

The Devils trail the Rangers 3-1, with Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday in New Jersey. No penalty was called on the play, and the league's failure to suspend MacLean left Rangers coach Colin Campbell and team President Neil Smith incredulous. Sundstrom had six screws and a plate inserted in his arm during a 90-minute surgery on Saturday. "When a decision like this is rendered or not rendered, one wonders why," Campbell said, doing his best to control his anger. While saying it was unfortunate that Sundstrom was hurt, Brian Burke, the league's senior vice president and director of hockey operations, said there was not enough evidence to suspend MacLean. HOCKEY Coyotes Talk With Keenan The Phoenix Coyotes, who fired their coach this week, have talked with former Blues coach Mike Keenan. Bobby Smith, Coyotes executive vice president of hockey operations, confirmed the discussion Friday but stopped short of saying whether Keenan was a candidate to replace rookie coach Don Hay, who was fired Tuesday along with assistant Paul MacLean. The order of selection for the first 10 picks in next month's NHL entry draft will be determined Sunday when the league holds its draft drawing in New York. FOOTBALL Sanders Close To Agreement Barry Sanders is close to signing a contract with the Detroit Lions that would make him the league's highest-paid running back, The Oakland (Mich.) Press reported. Sanders will be paid on average between $5.3 million and $5.5 million per season, sources told the newspaper. Former Indianapolis quarterback Art Schlichter faces 10 months in prison and the prospect of additional time behind bars when he is sentenced later this month on another offense. He was sentenced Friday for violating probation by writing $175,000 in bad checks to Las Vegas casinos. …

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