Good News: Marty Turco is ready to go back in goal for Dallas. He could be back as soon as Tuesday. Nothing helps a Stanley Cup run more than a genuine starting goalie.
Bad News: The streaky Islanders have found their flow, it seems. Even Alexei Yashin, who put up five points and two goals, as the Isles embarrassed Montreal 6-3.
Why is this bad news? It puts more points between the Islanders and the Rangers. And I’ll admit it. I was pulling for the Rangers to make the playoffs. The Isles and Bruins are tied for seventh with 78 points each. The Rangers are six back.
What happened to being able to count on Yashin as an overpaid dud? I guess everyone has their off days.
Odd News: Chicago GM Mike Smith and coach Brian Sutter will be back running the Blackhawks next season. Because this season was so great for the Hawks. Not that a denial by management means anything. No one ever admits trading or firing anybody.
More Odd News: The March 28, 2003 Hockey News reports that Phoenix didn’t get much from Philly for Tony Amonte because Flyer GM Bobby Clarke told Phoenix he could get Teemu Selanne from San Jose for a fourth-round pick. Selanne wouldn’t take a trade to New Jersey. So was he willing to go to Philadelphia and not New Jersey? Or was Clarke bluffing? Interesting, no?