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  • The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull, has been named commissioner of former defunct-to-novice World Hockey Association. The alternative to the NHL will try to lure players when it launches in 2004-05. The maverick Hull says he hopes to convince his son, , to join him when his contract ends next season.
  • Should the Leafs decide to name Colin Campbell as GM, who'd replace Colie at Bettman, Inc.? We're told it would be Mike Murphy, with the ever-reliable Claude Loiselle moving into Murphy's slot. Then again, Murph also has a shot at the Toronto gig.
  • tells a good post-Cup story: "Oleg Tverdovsky was with us at one of the Cup parties and said to me: 'I don't know what's harder; winning the Stanley Cup or the celebrating that comes after."
  • Among Daneyko's post-playing-career jobs will be coaching an amateur team — along with ex-teammate Bruce Driver — in New Jersey.
  • doesn't have to wait for the CBA war to know what it's like to be an owner. The ' captain has become part-owner of the North American (Junior) Hockey League's Texas Tornado. They'll be playing out of a new 3,700-seat rink in Frisco.
  • may return to Long Island but if he does, his communication with Mike Milbury must improve. Peca to Detroit for is one rumor we've heard.
  • Max Birbraer, the only Israeli-trained pro, signed with Florida, which is most interesting. Originally from the Soviet Union, Birbraer disappointed last season in Albany. Motivation was said to be the problem. If Mike Keenan can't cure that, nobody can.
  • Anaheim goalie can figure on free room and board whenever he's vacationing. His new father-in-law is innkeeper at an oceanfront resort in Nova Scotia.
  • ticket sales are significantly up over last season. 's exit has hardly been devastating.
  • Speaking of Kariya, there's plenty of vehemence being directed Paul's way over his Anaheim exit. Ingratitude is the general theme of the anti-Kariya crowd.
  • As ownership types, Wayne Gretzky and could play a decisive role in persuading players to take a more reasonable stand in NHL-NHLPA negotiations. Questions are: 1. Would they be willing to get intensively involved; 2. If so, what strategy will they employ? We're told that Mario is the one most likely to get intensely involved.
  • One NHL team president offers a slight bit of optimism vis-à-vis labor peace: "Unlike baseball — where owners and players hate each other — NHL players and owners like each other for the most part."
  • Ex-NHLer Tom Reid stays on as radio analyst. Seeking a TV play-by-play man, Minny has been swamped with more than 100 tapes.
  • Glad To Hear This Dep't.: ' team president Jim Lites receives a new contract and GM Doug Armstrong gets an extension.
  • Gary Bettman, no doubt, will read Phil Esposito's soon-to-be-published memoir, Thunder and . We're betting that the commish won't like it. "Phil saw it all," says the publisher's blurb. "The booze, the drugs, the women, the wheeling-dealing." What's more, Espo's threatening to name names.
  • Best kept secret of the Stanley Cup finals was 's broken left thumb, smashed by an Anaheim stick in Game 1. Pando — one of the most valuable — successfully ducked the media right to the end. He was able to play because of extra padding and a brace. "It was a little hard lifting the Cup," says Pandolfo.
  • Coach John Tortorella lobbied hard — perhaps too hard — for the to re-sign Vinny Prospal. Now that VP is a Mighty Duck, Tortorella's relationship with his high command bears watching. "Mum's the word" might be a good theme for JT from here on.
  • Our man in Prague tells us that has been working hard with a personal trainer and remains a hero in the Czech Republic. The same cannot be said for Dom Hasek.
  • The ' bid for a new arena is still alive, but if it doesn't happen, expect the Pens to be sold for about $100 million to interests in either Houston or Portland.
  • Rod Langway gets his first head coaching job with a brand-new team. The Hall of Famer will run the United Hockey League's Richmond (Virginia) franchise.
  • Glen Sather is determined to have a major cultural change both behind the bench and in the dressing room; not to mention in the farm system. Hence, Tom Renney joins the coaching staff as a significant assistant. Excellent move. Also, both Ted Green and Terry O'Reilly will remain on the Blueshirts' bench. Jim Schoenfeld is getting a fresh start, this time as GM of the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. Don Maloney will oversee scouting operations in lieu of Renney's promotion, while Dave Brown is moved to head pro scout.
  • A question Sather must ask when the pals have their high-level meeting should be on the subject of the captain's future coaching ambitions. Mess just might be interested in an assistant's job much in the manner that John MacLean did with the . Then, again, Mess' future with the team, period, is up for discussion.
  • For those wondering why a pact hasn't been declared yet, remember, this is the year of the big market correction. Possible suitors, Detroit, Dallas and Philadelphia, seem uninterested in Leetch. If Sather believes there's no market for the defenseman, then Slats is in the driver's seat. He could go as low as two years at $4 million per season.
  • Speaking of market correction, you'll notice that nobody has leaped at or . (Too much dough.)
  • Our man in Pitt, Pete Scierka, tells us that will be top goalie for the Pens. "The backup is up for grabs. and Marc-Andre Fleury will vie for the second slot."
  • Discussing the return of to the , says, "The talent is there; there's no question about that." The question is: How motivated can Mariusz get? Our reply: Very.
  • Good news for the ears of ' fans: Jiggs McDonald and Randy Moller return as play-by-play and color commentator. Known as "The Hockey Maven" in both local and national circles, Stan Fischler is one of the most outspoken authorities on the game of hockey. Fischler can be seen offering NHL analysis on "MSG SportsDesk" and on Fox Sports Net's "Regional Sports Report — New York Edition." Fischler also provides studio interviews and pre- and post-game features and reports for both the and on FSN. His columns appear regularly on MSGNetwork.com.
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