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Lorne Molleken


C - Doug Gilmour, Mark Janssens, Chad Kilger, Josef Marha, Todd White, Alexei Zhamnov. LW - Eric Daze, Jean-Yves Leroux, Ethan Moreau, Bob Probert, Reid Simpson. RW - Tony Amonte, Jean-Pierre Dumont, Nelson Emerson, Ed Olczyk. D - Jamie Allison, Brad Brown, Chris Chelios, Christian Laflamme, Dave Manson, Bryan Muir, Doug Zmolek. G - Mark Fitzpatrick, Jocelyn Thibault.


Nelson Emerson, rw (separated shoulder, indefinite).


Recalled Jean-Pierre Dumont, rw, and Josef Marha, c, from Portland (AHL) March 1; placed Mike Maneluk, lw, on waivers March 4.


2/24 at St. Louis  W 3-1
2/26 Los Angeles   L 2-1
2/28 St. Louis     L 3-1
3/06 at San Jose   W 4-0 
3/07 at Vancouver  T 2-2


Central Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Detroit           64  32  26   6    70  191  163 
  St Louis          62  26  26  10    62  173  160  
  Nashville         64  22  36   6    50  151  208 
  Chicago           64  18  37   9    45  142  198 


by Tom Crawford, Chicago Correspondent

Is It April Yet?

I happened to catch the Rangers/Maple Leafs game on ESPN the other night, and I saw the most amazing things. Men were skating swiftly the length of the ice and shooting the puck at the net. Men were seeking out the man who had the puck and hitting him with their bodies. And thousands of people cheered wildly as the home team scored the winning goal.

Must be nice.

Legal trouble and high-maintenance drug habits have kept me from my typical level of immersion in Blackhawk hockey lately, so I can't comment authoritatively on the early days of the Lorne Molleken regime. But the brief glimpses I've had reveal the same old Hawks -- poor passing, no flow through the neutral zone, and the occasional laugh-out-loud defensive miscue.

Unlike the NFL, where good draft picks pay off immediately and last-place teams are rewarded with cream-puff schedules, the NHL has few avenues for truly bad teams to get better quickly. Without a dynamic presence behind the bench and some front office wizardry the Blackhawks could get very familiar with the Western Conference cellar.

Bad Week for Waterbugs

If you're a little, speedy guy with some scoring touch, Chicago was not the place to be last week. In the second period of last Sunday's game with the Blues, Nelson Emerson separated his shoulder and could be lost for the season.

Later in the week, the Hawks GM Bob Murray officially gave up on Mike Maneluk, allowing the Rangers to claim him off waivers. Tension between Murray and Maneluk's agent was blamed, and the Hawks now have nothing to show for the blockbuster trade that sent Cam Russell to the Avalanche.

After getting nothing in return for Maneluk, Murray appears to be trying to get rid of young defenseman Bryan Muir the same way. The Hawks have pulled a two-year offer off the table after Muir disputed one of the contract's clauses.

News and Notes

The Flyers are still interested in dealing for Chris Chelios, as evidenced by the Philadelphia scouts in attendance at the last Hawks/San Jose game. However, fans are not likely to accept Dainus Zubrus as compensation for a hometown hero, so Murray will most likely stand pat . . . . In his longest stint yet in the majors, J.P. Dumont has shown some of the skill that helped him break some of Mario Lemieux's records in junior hockey. Perhaps more monumental is Lorne Molleken's statement about Dumont that "he's famous for scoring goals, so if he makes a mistake defensively, he shouldn't worry about it."

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