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head coach: Mike Murphy
roster: C - Darby Hendrickson, Steve Sullivan, Alyn McCauley. LW - Fredrik Modin, Wendel Clark, Todd Warriner, Derek King, Kris King, Igor Korolev. RW - Mats Sundin, Sergei Berezin, Tie Domi, Mike Johnson, Martin Prochazka. D - Jeff Brown, Jamie Macoun, Dimitri Yushkevich, Mathieu Schneider, Jason Smith, Rob Zettler, Yannick Tremblay. G - Felix Potvin, Glenn Healy.
injuries: Wendel Clark, lw (groin strain Jan. 10, day-to-day); Alyn McCauley, c (fractured ankle Dec. 31, early-to-mid March); Jeff Brown, d (ankle infection Jan. 9, day-to-day); Craig Wolanin, d (knee sprain Nov. 1, out for the season (placed on injured reserve Nov. 1)); Nick Kypreos, lw (post-concussion syndrome Sept. 15, indefinite (placed on injured reserve Sept. 15)).
transactions: Loaned Jamie Baker, c, to the Chicago Wolves (IHL); returned Kevyn Adams, c, Daniel Markov, f, and Mike Kennedy, lw, to St. John's (AHL).
Western Conference - Central Division Team GP W L T PTS GF GA Dallas 57 36 13 8 80 174 115 Detroit 58 31 15 12 74 177 136 St Louis 59 30 21 8 68 173 145 Phoenix 57 24 22 11 59 162 159 Chicago 56 22 25 9 53 134 133 Toronto 55 19 29 7 45 129 162
1/26 at Dallas L 5-1 1/29 at St. Louis L 2-0 1/31 Phoenix L 5-1 2/02 Dallas L 5-1 2/04 St. Louis W 3-2 2/05 at Ottawa L 3-2 2/07 Florida W 3-2
by Jonah Sigel, Toronto Correspondent
So Much to Do So Little Time
The Maple Leafs enter the Olympic break some 11 points out of a playoff spot. While players, management et all continue to focus on the postseason, it seems a lofty goal at best.
The team's play has been erratic at best and it appears that once again the best moves will be the ones made for the future and not necessarily for the present squad. Trading some veteran players like Tie Domi, Mathieu Schneider and perhaps even Felix Potvin for young talent and draft picks is the way the team should head. However, should deals be made with the intention of improving the club and sacrificing the future it will be perfectly clear that management is more concerned with dollars and cents than long time stability.
Fans patience will be tested as management for the first time has admitted that it is lacking in the scoring department. Mike Smith, one of the three-headed monsters running the team, told the Toronto Sun that he hopes to work on a trade over the break to bring in a second line center. The only question is what will the Leafs have to put up to get one. It says here that any trade involving either draft picks or young talent is a huge mistake...time will tell.
It is rumored that with the return of Jeff Brown, Schneider's days are numbered. If Mathieu has a strong Olympic performance, look for him to be dealt soon thereafter. Ever since he was rumored to be offered as compensation for Bob Gainey, Schneider has appeared to be unhappy in Toronto and a deal would be welcomed. Speaking of Gainey, there is a silent ground swell that suggests now that Gainey's contract expires with the Stars after this season and no compensation would be due, expect Ken Dryden to finally hire his general manager. Hopefully the entire hockey department will get the makeover it badly needs.
That is all for now and may your team do well in the Olympics!!!
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