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  • Sunday, October 24, 1999

    Bruins in bad mood

    By AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun
      There's nothing but gloom in the Boston Bruins dressing room these days, now that Dmitri Khristich has signed with the Maple Leafs.
     It wasn't a particularly cheery place before, but now that Khristich is with another team, rather than just being in limbo, the attitude of the front office has really sunk in with the players.
     They know that even if first-string goaltender Byron Dafoe somehow comes to terms with the team, which appears increasingly unlikely, the Bruins are still far short of being a contender.
     In fact, there is speculation that Raymond Bourque may decide to retire. In fairness, it must be pointed out that Bourque has made no announcement in that regard.
     It is clear, though, that after a long and storied career, another year of drudgery with no light at the end of the tunnel is not the way Bourque wanted to go out.
     While his peers respect Bourque for his on-ice performances, there are also some who say he has contributed to his own demise.
     For years he took less than he was worth, even though in those days the fans of Boston probably could have used public pressure to force general manager Harry Sinden to capitulate.
     By last fall, Bourque was so closely allied with management that he went to Kyle McLaren's house to try to talk him into ending a contract dispute by accepting the team's offer.

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