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NHL TEAM NEWS: ONE MAN GIVES FIRST YEAR GRADE FOR DRYDEN
Published June 1, 1998
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).