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Hull named co-general manager of Stars

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

Brett Hull is once again in an important position at a crucial time for the Dallas Stars. Hull and Les Jackson were both made interim co-general managers of the Stars after the team fired Doug Armstrong on Tuesday. Armstrong, the Stars' general manager since 2002, was let go after a disappointing 7-7 start following a third straight exit in the first round of the playoffs. He left team headquarters in suburban Frisco without comment.

• Sean Avery of the New York Rangers denied making cancer-related comments to ill Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake before a pregame altercation between the clubs last weekend Avery exchanged words and shoves with Blake and his Toronto teammate Darcy Tucker during warmups before New York's 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The FAN 590, an all-sports radio station in Toronto, reported Monday that an unnamed Rangers player said Avery started the pregame scuffle with comments directed against Blake, who was recently diagnosed with a form of leukemia.

"I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake," Avery said yesterday. "I made no such comments. "

• The NHL fined Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky $10,000 yesterday and suspended Phoenix defenseman Nick Boynton for a game as a result of an altercation in Monday night's 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

• Former Penguins forward John LeClair pleaded not guilty yesterday to drunken driving. LeClair, 38, of Haverford, Pa., was arrested Oct. 24 in Milton and charged with DUI after refusing a blood-alcohol test, police said.


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$25,000 - Amount of fine issued to the Rangers for Saturday's pregame altercation with the Maple Leafs

$10,000 - Amount of fine issued to the Maple Leafs for Saturday's pregame altercation with the Rangers

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