August 3, 1999 |
Ray Ferraro, an unrestricted free-agent center who spent the last three-plus seasons with the Kings, signed a two-year contract with the expansion Atlanta Thrashers on Monday. Ferraro, who will be 35 in a few weeks, was hampered by knee problems most of last season but a strong finish gave him 13 goals and 31 points in 65 games. His age and questions about his production took him out of the Kings' plans.
June 23, 1999 |
The Mighty Ducks' Tomas Sandstrom and the Kings' Ray Ferraro were among the players exposed to the NHL expansion draft, as teams submitted protected lists to the league Tuesday. The Atlanta Thrashers will select 26 players, one from every team except the Nashville Predators, on Friday. Sandstrom, an unrestricted free agent, had 15 goals and 32 points last season despite missing 24 games because of a broken left wrist. Duck officials were not expecting to re-sign him.
April 17, 1999 |
Ray Ferraro, who had broken some Orange County hearts the night before, sent flowers Friday night and also settled things for some confused travel agents. Ferraro's first-period goal sent the Kings to a 2-0 victory over San Jose, which completed the Western Conference playoff picture. Anaheim Mighty Ducks, get ready to head to Detroit as the sixth-place team in the West. Seventh-place Sharks, your mission, impossible though it might sound, involves going to Colorado.
March 2, 1999 |
He was getting $7 an hour, good money for a 16-year-old. But he had to lift 3,200 concrete blocks a day for his father's business in Trail, British Columbia, to earn it. Skating for a living looked pretty good. It still does, 1,000 NHL games later for Ray Ferraro, who joined the 1,000 club Sunday at Dallas. He is the fourth King to do so this season, joining Doug Bodger, Garry Galley and Russ Courtnall. It's a long time to keep a chip on your shoulder.
January 29, 1999 |
When Ray Ferraro walked into the hospital on Jan. 12, all he knew was that his right knee hurt. When he walked out later in the day, torn cartilage attended to in an arthroscopic operation, all he knew was that it no longer hurt. "It just feels good," said Ferraro, who will cheat the doctors' estimates and play tonight at Washington. "Originally, they were talking four to six weeks. But everybody heals differently." And Ferraro, apparently, heals faster than most.
December 27, 1998 |
On the plane from St. Louis to Chicago a week ago, King Coach Larry Robinson went to Ray Ferraro and asked, "Can you go again tomorrow?" The question was music to Ferraro's ears. He answered in the affirmative and played almost 16 minutes Sunday after playing more than 16 Saturday on 34-year-old legs. "I feel good in there, I really do," said Ferraro, who has been moved to a line with Vladimir Tsyplakov and Pavel Rosa that generates shots and scoring chances.