Archive for March, 2010

Flyers Playoff Chances Take Another Hit With Dan Carcillo Suspension

March 30th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter The NHL has issued another suspension, this time it’s the Philadelphia Flyers forward Dan Carcillo getting two games for cross checking New Jersey Devils Winger during their Sunday tilt. Sportsnet.ca reported that Carcillo apologized to Clarkson face-to-face after Carcillo “used his stick to cut Clarkson in the right eyebrow”. Clarkson, who required three stitches to close the wound, was quoted as saying “from what I remember, he (Carcillo) came in and instead of giving me a shove he got his stick up and whacked me in the face”. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is on recorded as saying that he didn’t feel the hit required a match penalty, nor did he feel the suspension was warranted, then again, what did we expect him to say? The fact is, players are responsible for their

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Leafs Sign College Forward Brayden Irwin: Did Brian Burke Find Another Gem?

March 30th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Various news sources are reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed University of Vermont forward Brayden Irwin to a two-year entry-level contract. Irwin, stands 6’5” and weighs in at an impressive 215 pounds. Known as a tough, grinding player with average hands, Irwin led the Vermont Catamounts with 15 goals and 34 points in 39 games this season, while also racking up 72 penalty minutes. A former teammate of current Toronto Maple Leaf forward Victor Stalberg, Irwin has an outside chance at cracking the Leafs lineup next year, perhaps bumping the likes of Colton Orr or Jay Rosehill (both of whom are very one-dimensional players) off the Leafs roster in 2010-11. More likely, as is the case with many big power forwards, Irwin will need to work on his skating and his

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Could The Flyers And Bruins Hook Up In An Off-Season Trade?

March 30th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Given the Philadelphia Flyers salary cap restrictions it will be tough for them to land a goalie via free agency this summer. In fact, landing a goaltender like unrestricted free agents Evgeni Nabokov, Marty Turco, Jose Theodore, Chris Mason or perhaps even Ray Emery will be next to impossible. Sure, there are quite a few “average” free agent goaltenders available next season (Dan Ellis, Marty Biron, Alex Auld, Vesa Toskala), but the Flyers have already lived the nightmare that is signing second rate goalies and paid the price. Simply put, the Flyers cannot make the same mistake again, they need to get a solid goalie next season. Perhaps the best way for the Flyers to address their goaltending woes will be to entertain a trade with another club, perhaps the Boston Bruins? The

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Flyers Playoff Hopes Fading With Every Loss

March 28th, 2010 1 Comment

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter The Philadelphia Flyers lost in embarrassing fashion to the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday by a score of 4-1, inching them closer and closer to becoming a team that is on the outside looking in come playoff time. Comparatively, the team that is chasing them—the Atlanta Thrashers— beat up on the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 4-0, inching them closer to the eighth and final playoff spot in the lowly Eastern Conference. For the Flyers, every game is crucial going forward. Over the past ten games the Flyers have completely fallen apart, completing the transformation from playoff contender to playoff pretender. Over the past ten games the Flyers have compiled a record of 2-6-2, proving once and for all what many fans and NHL pundits have felt about the Flyers for quite some time—the

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Flyers Bested By Wild, Playoff Picture Looking Grim

March 26th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Marred in a three game losing streak, the Philadelphia Flyers playoff picture was starting to get a little blurry. The Flyers iced a lineup against the Minnesota Wild that was void of their number two centre and top scorer in Jeff Carter and arguably their most consistent defenseman, Matt Carle. Add the fact that the Flyers were also dressing their third string goalie and there were not a lot of fans of the Orange and Black that were confident coming into tonight’s match. For their part, the Minnesota Wild also had a number of scratches on the night, including defenseman Shane Hnidy and franchise player Mikko Koivu. The Wild have been struggling as of late, going a mediocre 4-5-1 in their past ten games. Nobody is suggesting that the Wild are easy pray,

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Is The NHL Right To Institute Blindside Rule Without PA Approval?

March 24th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter TSN is reporting that the NHL is looking at instituting the blindside rule without the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s approval and it says here they should be applauded for it. The NHL has been under a ton of scrutiny for not instituting the blindside rule immediately, the fact that they are now trying to speed up the process is an indication that the NHL is tired of screwing around with safety issues and may, in fact, be willing to risk backlash from the NHLPA if necessary. It’s beyond me why any player or anyone within the Players Association would want to put up any opposition to bringing the rule in right away, after all, the NHL only has the players’ best interests in mind, which should always be the priority and often

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