BLUELINES: Accolades for Trottier

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  • Some remain skeptical about Bryan Trottier's ability to head coach the . But one, who worked closely with Trots in recent years, tells us that Bryan is as ready as anyone could be for the top job.
  • Darius Kasparatis credits Trottier with teaching him not to run around all the time. "I learned that in Colorado," says the impish ace. "It's funny how I've followed Bryan around. Hopefully, he'll stay in the ' organization for at least six years!" Which just happens to be the length of Kasper's contract.
  • Bill Burley's Rink Supply outfit in Johnstown, Pa., has refined its "Crease Glo" product which makes pucks easier to discern around the net. The NHL should check it out.
  • sees his signing with Phoenix as a counterpart to baseball's Mark Grace and the Diamondbacks. "The Cubs weren't going to give him what he thought he deserved, he made a decision to get out, and now he's wearing a world championship ring," says Amonte. "That's how I hope my own scenario works out as well."
  • Contrary to most reports, the actually were close to a deal with Amonte and made a more generous offer than what appeared in print.
  • Word out of Pittsburgh is that no decisions on a potential new arena will be made until the Pennsylvania gubernatorial elections in November. But as fans have learned, even the election of a pro-new-arena governor doesn't mean that the state boss can push it through a contrary legislature.
  • While it's no secret that the are trying to sell Gaylord Entertainment's 16.5 percent stake in the club, there would have been been whispers that the rest of the club could be bought for the right price.
  • ' owner Charles Wang loves basketball enough to buy himself an NBA team. The questions are: 1) When? 2) Which one?
  • Among the more meaningful concerns amid league thinkers centers on the growing division between Have and Have-Not clubs.
  • Keep your eyes out for GQ. Atlanta's did some posing for the magazine.
  • Was that a dig from John Muckler when he wondered why the — and others — didn't hire John Paddock as a NHL head coach? "I have always wondered why, but for us it's very satisfying to have him," Muckler says. "If you look at his record in hockey over the years, it's pretty impressive. Not only as a coach, but also as a player." Paddock wants back to the NHL eventually. "But," he notes, "it's not the be-all and end-all." Figure Paddock to follow Jacques Martin whenever the latter leaves Ottawa.
  • Talk about a farm team producing, check out the 1994-95 Albany River Rats roster. No less than 16 members off that roster — , , , , , , et. al. — have played in the NHL.
  • Those who thought Joe Kocur was some sort of Mortimer Snerd are rapidly finding that he's got quite a hockey mind. The slugger's promotion to assistant coach doesn't surprise the Wings. "He's a real student of the game," says . "And Joe communicates well with the players."
  • have a couple of prospects, the twins, Matt and Mark McRae, who happen to be pre-med students at Cornell. "We're serious about hockey," says Mark, "but it's good to have a fallback plan." They're hoping to postpone med school for a while.
  • Kevin Lowe offers an interesting take on 's one-year, $2.4 million deal. "He had a career year and chances are, based on a one-year deal, he's going to try and have another one," says the GM. "For us, it's win-win."
  • is now big in the endorsement business. His latest is with a Canadian cake company, Vachon, which markets items such as Half Moon and Mae West.
  • If you're interested in what Las Vegas thinks about next season, check out these odds on winning the Stanley Cup from the casinos: 7-2, 9-2, 7-1, 10-1, 15-1, 18-1, 175-1, 250-1, 250-1.
  • owner Phil Anschutz is big in sports other than hockey. The U.S. Tennis Association will house a pro training center at Anschutz's growing sports complex outside Los Angeles.
  • Word down in Tampa is coach John Tortorella would like to ease the tension with star Vin Lecavalier. "Will we be best buddies? Probably not," says coach T. "But that doesn't have to be the case as long as we focus on what's best for the team."
  • The buzz — if not hope — on Long Island is that returns sooner than previously expected from his rehab. Mid-December is a hoped-for date.
  • Las Vegas gets a new 9,000-seat building next May. Chances are good that the Orleans Arena will house a pro team; possibly in the WCHL.
  • The possible Sherry Bassin ownership of the could cause a major front office makeover — his old OHL pal, Ted Nolan may once again surface in some role as can the unceremoniously dismissed but still loved Pat LaFontaine.
  • We also hear members of the Knox family are involved in Bassin's bid as well. 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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