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NHL TEAM NEWS: ONE MAN GIVES FIRST YEAR GRADE FOR DRYDEN

          In the year since Ken Dryden became President of the
     Maple Leafs, "he sure hasn't knocked anyone's socks off,"
     according to Damien Cox of the TORONTO STAR, who added that
     while "it's unclear" whether Dryden "can or can't do the
     job," the "much-criticized Leafs ownership group still
     believes He Da Man."  Cox gave Dryden's first year a "C,"
     and wrote that Dryden "has failed to chart or articulate a
     bold new direction for the franchise" (TORONTO STAR, 5/30).
          TEAM NOTES: Although "all indications" are that
     prospective Lightning Owner Arthur Williams "is the kind of
     guy the NHL wants," the league will be "digging deep" into
     his background.  NHL Senior VP/Legal Affairs Bill Daly, on
     how the John Spano situation affected the league's
     investigative process: "[W]e just cut a wider path now.  We
     take an extra deep cut in the area of financial due
     diligence and moral character" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/31)....In a
     front-page piece in this morning's WASHINGTON POST, Rachel
     Alexander writes on the Capitals' playoff success and says
     "a team that often is an afterthought in the Washington pro
     sports hierarchy is dominating conversations around town." 
     Tuesday's Game Five at MCI Center is sold out, the first
     time this postseason that all tickets have been sold for a
     game more than a day in advance (WASHINGTON POST, 6/1).

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