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In The Crease

The Stars are frustrated by center Pierre Turgeon's uninspired
performance. Turgeon, who in his first season with Dallas last
year had only 15 goals in 66 games, has been switched to a line
with rugged center Jason Arnott in hopes that the move will
reinvigorate the former 50-goal man. If Turgeon's play doesn't
improve, don't be surprised if he's traded, even if the Stars
have to eat much of the $26 million left on his contract....
Credit defenseman Craig Rivet for helping pull the Canadiens out
of their early-season malaise. After Rivet blasted the team last
week, saying the players weren't working hard enough in practice
or in games, Montreal went unbeaten in its next three matches.
Nobody can question Rivet's leadership, considering that he's
playing with a severely sprained left wrist, the same one that
was broken last season.... The Red Wings' European scout, Hakan
Andersson, who always seems to come up with draft gems--he
snagged Pavel Datsyuk at No. 171, Henrik Zetterberg at 210 and
Dmitri Bykov at 258 in recent years--scored again in June. Jiri
Hudler, whom Detroit selected 58th, is the second-leading scorer
in the Czech Elite League, with 17 points in 17 games for Vsetin.
The knock on Hudler was that at 5'8" and 160 pounds, he was too
small.... Speaking of the Red Wings, expect forward Kirk Maltby,
who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, to sign a
four-year extension. His base salary will top out at $2.1 million
in the final season of the new deal.... Many observers are
calling 17year-old defenseman Ryan Suter, the nephew of former
NHL defenseman Gary Suter, the best player to come through the
USA Hockey development program in five years. Ryan is eligible
for the NHL draft next June.