Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Red Wings say so long to Robitaille

Enquirer news services

DETROIT - Left wing Luc Robitaille, 37, and the Detroit Red Wings parted ways Monday, with the club deciding not to exercise its option on his contract for next season.

Robitaille has 631 career goals, ranking first in NHL history among left wings. But he scored just 11 times this season, his 17th, as Detroit finished atop the Western Conference before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Anaheim.

He scored 30 goals in 2001-02, helping Detroit win that season's Stanley Cup championship.

CANADIENS: Forward Jan Bulis, 25, a former Cincinnati Cyclone, agreed to a two-year contract extension after finishing his best NHL season. He scored a career-high 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 82 games.

WORLDS: The United States (3-3) ended its worst showing since 1989 with an 8-1 rout of Japan in the relegation-round finale in Helsinki, Finland.

COLLEGES: Former Miami grad assistant Bob Daniels, who guided Ferris State to its first CCHA regular-season title and NCAA Tournament berth, won the Penrose Award as Division I coach of the year. He is the CCHA's sixth recipient of the award, the last coming in 1993 with George Gwozdecky, who guided Miami to its first CCHA title and NCAA berth.

ECHL: The Kelly Cup finals open Wednesday with Columbia hosting Atlantic City. The Inferno and the Boardwalk Bullies - who ousted the Cincinnati Cyclones in the semis - did not meet during the season.

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