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Devils Make Gutsy Move Firing Ftorek


Lemieux, then the NHL's best player, was a major reason why. He quickly came to dislike Zubov's fondness for protecting the puck and frequent reluctance to shoot while playing the point on the power play.

As soon as Lemieux publicly expressed dissatisfaction with Zubov's style, Penguins fans turned on Zubov, often booing him the instant he touched the puck. Management turned as well, dealing Zubov to Dallas as soon as the season ended.

Now, Zubov said, "I'm happy here, my family is happy here. This is where I would like to play the rest of my career."

YASHIN AFFAIR: A hearing to decide if Ottawa Senators holdout Alexei Yashin will become a free agent or must play out the final year of his contract probably will be held in May.

Yashin contends he has finished his contract and can move on. The Senators argue he never honored the contract, so it should remain in force.

Arbitrator Lawrence Holden Jr. has made one ruling in the case, deciding the NHL Players Association cannot be held accountable for Yashin's action and was under no obligation to force him to play.

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