Archive for March, 2010

Trade Deadline Talk: Is Sidney Crosby On The Move?

March 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter With a little over 18 hours until the NHL trade deadline expires, there are a lot of names being bandied around as possible trade bait. If you listened to all the idiotic comments from all the Sidney Crosby haters after Team Canada won the Olympic gold medal, you’d think he was on his way out of Pittsburgh. After all, he’s a “whiner”, “has no heart”, “ is not a  leader”, “not a clutch player”, “hasn’t accomplished anything”, “can’t accomplish anything without Malkin” “didn’t show up at the Olympics” and, in one readers opinion, “ is gay”… Am I the only one who thinks these so-called “analysts” ought to check themselves into a psyche ward? Don’t worry Penguin fans, Crosby isn’t going anywhere, neither are his gold medals or Stanley Cup ring…his equipment is


Reflecting On Canada’s Gold Medal Win: What Now?

March 2nd, 2010 3 Comments

Heading into the 2010 Olympic tournament Canada’s hockey team was the prohibitive favorite to win the gold medal. As fate would have it, Canada fulfilled the “experts” predictions, capturing the gold medal Sunday afternoon at the expense of the surprisingly strong American team. It’s easy to say, “Canada won because they were expected to win,” but given their trials and tribulations throughout the Olympics, Canada earned the gold and were full value for their 3-2 win over Team USA. At the other end, the American squad looked every bit as good as Canada for most of the game and, in some people’s eyes—namely USA head coach Ron Wilson’s—USA Hockey deserved a better result. So, how is it a team/nation that was not supposed to even compete for a medal was playing Canada for gold on Sunday afternoon? Just how did


Ritter’s Rant: NHL News and Notes, Stajan and Ott re-up, Cote Placed on Waivers

March 1st, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Just hours after Canada celebrated their gold medal victory over the United States, The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins pulled the trigger on the first trade since the Olympic break. In what many perceive as a depth move, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold form the Panthers in return for the Penguins 2010 second round draft choice. Leopold, who registered seven goals and 18 assists in 61 games with the Panthers, gives the Penguins another decent shot on the power play and a guy who, on most night’s, plays a solid NHL game. The trade may very well set in motion a ton of movement. It is believed that, while unable to pull the trigger on any deals that NHL GM’s were busy during the Olympic break, making phone calls and inquiring

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