The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on March 13, 1984 · 12
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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 12

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Tuesday, March 13, 1984
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S3 COCOR C 8 She Sun TUES., MARCH 13,1 984 For Harry Neale ..ift'.vfHi.lrri.'M,;;.': Brodeur not in plans? By ARV OLSON Has goaltender Richard Brodeur played his last game for the Vancouver Canucks? "The way it looks is that if he (Canucks' coach-general manager Harry Neale) thinks the other two guys are doing the job, he won't be putting me in for the rest of the season," reasons Brodeur, whose last start was Feb. 17. "And if that's the case, he can't be planning to keep me for next season. I don't want to go anywhere else. But I want to play and you have to go where the current takes you." Brodeur has been swept downstream, out of favor with Neale since he was knocked out by a shot almost a month ago against, ironically, tonight's visitors, the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the 12 games since that 4-1 loss to the lowly Penguins here, John Garrett and Frank Caprice have shared the netminding chores and Neale tried unsuccessfully to swap the 31-year-old Brodeur for a winger before last week's trading deadline. Neale either couldn't fetch the calibre of player he wanted in exchange for Brodeur or the goalie's contract scared off prospective customers. Brodeur, who played in 58 games last season and 52 in each of the previous two years, has three years remaining on the lucrative pact (reportedly $200,000 per season) he received after his Stanley Cup playoff heroics in 1982. "We know some people are interested," Brodeur said after Monday's practice. He added he keeps in touch with his agent, Bill Watters. "We've got to be aware of who wants us. "I was ready to play two days after I was hit. It was just like a knockout punch. I never lost confidence in myself after that; I'll go in and do the job any time I'm asked to. I have to be patient, but there aren't too many games (seven) left." Brodeur won't be playing this week, if again this season, unless both Garrett and rookie Caprice are injured cr turn sour. Neale tonight is going right back with Gar rett, whose average ballooned to 4.11 in that 12-2 debacle in Edmonton Sunday. And Caprice, who played so brilliantly in a 3-2 loss at Buffalo Dec. 18, will get the nod against the Sabres here Saturday. "We ve got to get a reaction from him (Gar rett) as well as everyone else," said Neale. 'He's the guy who probably suffered the most humiliation last night. We've got to give John the chance to come back with a good night. "It s a Catch-22 situation with Richard at this stage. We can't be worried about one player. 4 w i illlllBlSiBiMlll mm smm BRODEUR . . . was up for trade We've got to concern ourselves about the playoffs and where we're going to finish." Brodeur, who has played in 32 games this season, says that "you've got to give the other guys (Garrett and Caprice) credit for the way they've been playing. But if I don't get to play, it will be kind of tough to be ready for the playoffs." But apparently Neale isn't counting on Richard Brodeur for the playoffs. END LINES Rookie defenceman Michel Petit (slight shoulder separation) should be ready to return next week . . . Garth Butcher, demoted to Fredericton Dec. 8, has returned here for treatment on another sprained ankle, the left. He will be out for three more weeks. The sophomore defencemen missed almost six weeks after spraining his left ankle shortly after arriving in Fredericton. . . It will be another two weeks before centre Peter McNab (torn thumb tendons) returns to the lineup. His cast will be removed next week. $50 to beat Leafs MacLean earns bonus TORONTO (CP) - A $50 bill taped over Paul MacLean's cubicle in the visiting team's dressing room represented Winnipeg Jets' 8-7 overtime ? victory over Toronto Maple Leafs. MacLean's second goal of the game Monday night and 38th of the National Hockey League season three minutes and 12 seconds into overtime won it for the Jets, who have a ritual of awarding $50 to the player who scores the winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens. Quite a few crisp, red ones have been handed out during the last three years. The Leafs haven't beaten the Jets at home or on the road since December 1981. "It was a tradition when (former Jet coach) Tommy Watt was here," said MacLean, who has three overtime winners this season. "Every time we come to Toronto everybody has a lot of family at the game and a couple of guys played here before." Doug Smail and Brian Mullen also had two goals each for the Jets. Jordy Douglas and Thomas Steen added one each as Winnipeg moved to within one point of third-place Vancouver Canucks in the Smythe Division, with four games in hand. In the only other NHL game Monday night, Minnesota North Stars beat Montreal Canadiens 7-6 in overtime. Walt Poddubny scored three goals, Jim Korn two and Stewart Gavin and Russ Courtnall one each for the Leafs, who remain four points back of Chicago Black Hawks and the fourth and final playoff berth in the Norris Division. Winnipeg led 4-1 after 20 minutes and 5-1 early in the second period before allowing the Leafs to force a 6-6 tie heading to the third period. The Leafs moved in front 7-6 on a power-play goal by Poddubny at 3:30 but Smail made it 7-7 two minutes later. The Jets had beaten Quebec 6-5 in overtime Sun day and now have a league-high 22 (6-5-10) overtime experiences. They blew a big lead before beating the Nordiques, too. In Bloomington, Minn., Tom McCarthy scored three goals following a third-period, bench-clearing brawl to lift Minnesota past Montreal. McCarthy scored his third goal just 10 seconds into the overtime period. The North Stars trailed 6-3 when the brawl broke out with 6 : 33 left in regulation play. The donnybrook started when North Stars Willi Plett gave Canadiens Chris Nilan a two-handed chop in the back with a stick. Nilan laid on the ice for several minutes before getting up, then went after Plett and the benches cleared. Mark Napier scored twice with singles by Steve Payne and Neal Broten for the North Stars. Bob Gainey and John Chabot, with two goals each, and Ryan Walter and Mats Naslund replied for the Canadiens. BLUE LINES Rookie goaltender Mario Gosselin will likely be lost to Quebec Nordiques for the rest of the season because of a sprained right knee, the club learned Monday. Gosselin was in jured in a game against Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday and had the knee put in a cast. He will be unable to play for at least a month. Gosselin, whose brilliant goaltending helped Team Canada to a berth in the Olympic medal round last month at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, registered a shutout in his first start with Quebec on Feb. 26 against St. Louis Blues. Lions trade for Ed Jones B.C. Lions obtained some insurance for their secondary today with the acquisition of veteran defensive halfback Ed Jones from the Edmonton Eskimos. "We might have some spots to fill in our defensive backfield and Ed Jones is a quality player," said Lions' general manager Bobby Ackles, who gave up a third-round choice in next year's Canadian college draft. Lions have already lost cornerback Jo Jo Heath to the USFL. The other corner, Kerry Parker, has played out his option. Parker says he wants to come back but he has been unable to agree to terms and says he's talking with teams in the National Football League. "Jones is strictly an inside player but we have some other people, like Mel Byrd and Billy McBride, who are capable of playing the corner," Ackles said. "Jones had an ankle injury all last season but he played. He's tough and we expect good things from him if he comes into camp healthy." Jones, an eight-year veteran from Rutgers, has good size 6 135 pounds) and is regarded as a very intelligent player. He was a Western all-star four consecutive years from 1978 to 1981 but has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons first, a knee injury in 19S2 and tr,en the ankle problem last season. The 31-year-oid Jones became available as part of a house-cleaning project by the Eskimos, who i. ten V f ED JONES will have at least three new faces in the secondary next season. The Eskimos are also seeking replacements for Gary Hayes and Larry Highbaugh. Hayes played out his option and there has been no rush by the Eskimos to make him a new offer. Highbaugh has been hanging on for the past two seasons but the 34-year-old speedster almost certainly ended his own career earlier this year when he took the Eskimos and general manager Norm Kimball to court over use of the team logo. Current plans are to move Mike McLeod from safety to Hayes' halfback spot. Jerry Philip, a second-year Canadian, would start at safety. In Edmonton. Eskimos' head coach Jackie Parker said: "We were in a situation where we had to make some changes. It was an area w here we've got to improve our team speed and Eddie was in a situation where he would have had to battle another veteran (McLeod) for the same spot. "Sometimes a third-round draft choice doesn't seem like much. This year we got a heck of a pick in the third round i6'9", 242-pound tight end Dan Runge from University of Guelph, Ont.)." Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the signing of guard Mike Anderson, the club's 1984 territorial pick. Anderson. 22, 6'3", 255 pounds, was a starting guard at San Diego State University for the last two seasons. CFL Commissioner Jake Gaudaur announced the retirement of Don King, who has served the league for 36 years as an official and supervisor of officials in western Canada. A native of Regina. King began his career in the CFL in 1948 and became supervisor of officials following the retirement in 1971 of Paul Dojack. Wide receiver Gordon Bolstad, the Edmonton Eskimos 1984 territorial selection, has signed a contract with the team. !gsss A(r) wW h km ipdjtfSa cos- : v; ; u Price, I : ' i '"M"S2C,"l si mft YX V ,-" J l'Sr g , iii ii i ' "ji l Mf r wfJ If A EXTRooE 1 ijl Ij ; : extra 8""S ill ; -U lull) TVrT'l 0 nsf I uiVSiK? ' mf FORI) OF CANADA ?&Tto l- ON 1984 MODELS SPECIAL NEWS EDITION m Sly iriaik km! )Io ; .... - fmms. ' U Extra! Extra! 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