Questions Remain For Canada’s Team
Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team will be named Nov. 29, general manager Bobby Clarke said.
Clarke, who has until Dec. 1 to name his roster, said he will name the 20 skaters and three goalies who will make up Canada’s Olympic team. Canada hasn’t won a gold medal in hockey since 1952.
Canadian forwards likely will include Philadelphia’s Eric Lindros, Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan and Colorado’s Joe Sakic.
While some questions revolved around left wing Paul Kariya, a free agent who isn’t playing while awaiting a new contract, Canadian coach Marc Crawford expects the 1994 Olympian to be included.
Kariya, who missed 13 games with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks last season due to injuries, had 44 goals and 55 assists to finish as the runner-up to Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek in voting for the Hart Trophy.
Defensemen could include Boston’s Ray Bourque, Colorado’s Adam Foote and Los Angeles’ Rob Blake.
Colorado’s Patrick Roy and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur likely will split time as the primary goaltenders.
There is no word yet on whether or not Wayne Gretzky has decided to play.
Ricci traded to sharks
The Colorado Avalanche sent forward Mike Ricci to the San Jose Sharks for Shean Donovan in a trade of forwards.
In addition, the Avalanche received a first-round pick in the 1998 NHL entry draft from San Jose for a second-round pick.
Islanders near Lindros settlement
Brett Lindros, the 21-year-old brother of Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros, reportedly has reached a contract settlement with the New York Islanders, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail.
Lindros retired in May 1996 after sustaining three concussions during games. The Islanders, who signed Lindros to a five-year, $7.5 million contract in 1994, have not paid him since he retired.
New name for Igloo
Allegheny Energy Inc. agreed to pay $5 million over six years for the right to rename the Pittsburgh Civic Arena the Allegheny Energy Dome.
The agreement to re-name the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, known to many hockey fans as the “Igloo,” likely will be signed soon, a spokeswoman for Allegheny Energy said.
On the ice
The New Jersey Devils won a team-record eighth straight game as Bobby Holik scored twice in a 5-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders.
Tommy Albelin scored an unassisted goal early in the third period as the Calgary Flames beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 for their first road victory of the season.
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