Murray acts as Detroit losses mount HOCKEY

November 14, 1990|By Knight-Ridder News Service

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Bryan Murray is sick of watching his team lose on the road, so general manager Bryan Murray is doing something about it.

"If things don't change, we're going to change faces," he said.

He did after the Red Wings lost to the St. Louis Blues, 6-1, in St. Louis.

He called up three players from Adirondack: defenseman Yves Racine, center John Chabot and Tom Bissett, a center apprenticing at left wing.

And Murray might not be finished yet. He intends to talk with Buffalo general manager Gerry Meehan about acquiring former Red Wing Mike Foligno, the Sabres' captain.

All three newcomers from Adirondack should be in the lineup tonight against Chicago for the Red Wings, who are coming off a trip in which they were outscored, 22-7.

Racine, inconsistent during training camp, is playing with renewed confidence. In 16 games, he has three goals and nine assists. Murray said he should help the Red Wings move the puck out of their zone, a problem all season.

Chabot, Murray said, "has worked extremely hard, and on that basis alone he's deserving of a chance here." Chabot's chances haven't been hurt, either, by his American Hockey League-leading 29 points on 10 goals and 19 assists in 14 games.

Bissett, Detroit's seventh pick (134th overall) in 1985, is second in the AHL to Chabot with 27 points (16 goals and 11 assists in 16 games).

Foligno, in his 12th season since Detroit picked him in the first round (third overall) in the 1979 draft, is a fourth-line player this season -- though he gets occasional first-line duty. Murray believes Foligno, 31, could help the Red Wings for a season or two, so he's not willing to give up a lot to get him.

Buffalo's greatest need is for a left winger who can score, but the Sabres aren't likely to get it from the Red Wings -- at least not for Foligno, who has one goal and three points in 15 games this season. The Sabres also are said to be talking to the Los Angeles Kings about swapping Foligno for John Tonelli.

Foligno, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound winger who was traded to the Sabres in December 1981, has always had a nice scoring touch. He works as consistently on the road as at home, which Murray can't say about many of his players.

Foligno is not the player Murray has in mind to fill the void on Steve Yzerman's right side. But with some juggling, he could help.

Murray said Foligno might fit in on the line with Shawn Burr and Jimmy Carson, allowing the Red Wings to move Bob Probert up to the Yzerman line. The last time Probert and Yzerman played together regularly (1987-88), they both made the All-Star team.

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