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Verbeek awarded raise after arbitration ruling

Pat Verbeek waited 65 days for a salary arbitration ruling, and wound up with a $320,000 raise.

The Whalers' left wing was awarded a $820,00 salary for this season and in 1992-93 in a ruling announced Friday. Hartford had offered $500,000 a year and Verbeek had wanted $1.2-million.

Verbeek missed the first month of the season because of a walkout amid a bitter public dispute between Whalers general manager Ed Johnston and Verbeek's agent, Tony Abbatine.

"I'm not the most ecstatic guy in the world," Verbeek said of the ruling. "But it was a lot more money than offered me over a four-year deal. I'm happy to that extent.

About the long wait, Verbeek said, "I'm very relieved."

On a roll

Going into Saturday night's game vs. San Jose, Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has scored at least one goal in nine consecutive games and has 14 goals during the streak.

Other news

North Stars: Bill Goldsworthy had his uniform No. 8 retired. A member of the franchise's first team in 1967-68, Goldsworthy played 10 seasons with the North Stars and scored 267 goals, a franchise record.

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