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NHL pluses and minuses: New players, a reunion and a farewell
NHL pluses and minuses: New players, a reunion and a farewell

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has had an immediate impact on the New York Islanders, who acquired him from the salary cap-squeezed Boston Bruins just before the season began. He had a goal and five points and a plus-1 defensive rating in his first two games, contributing to the Islanders' 2-0 start. + The Edmonton Oilers held a reunion of their 1984 Stanley Cup championship team last week, and it was an impressive gathering. Apparently, time heals all wounds — fans gave a standing ovation to former owner Peter Pocklington, who has long been vilified for sending Wayne Gretzky to the...

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