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In The Crease

There are only six German players in the NHL, but expect an
increase soon, thanks in part to the Sharks. Director of scouting
Tim Burke and consultant John Ferguson have spent a lot of time
in Germany, and in June 2001 they drafted three highly regarded
players: forward Marcel Goc, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and
goalie Dimitri Patzold.... Don't be surprised if the Sharks deal
captain Owen Nolan and the Coyotes ship out defenseman Teppo
Numminen before the March 11 trade deadline. Nolan has not lived
up to expectations, and the 34year-old Numminen, who makes $4.7
million, would be a salary dump.... The most underrated defensive
forward in the NHL may be the Flyers' Michal Handzus, who was
acquired from Phoenix in the off-season on the recommendation of
new coach Ken Hitchcock. Handzus, who also had 15 goals through
Sunday, should be a Selke Trophy candidate.