Archive for June, 2010

Brad Ross Drafted By Toronto Maple Leafs In Second Round

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled off a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks that saw the Leafs prospect Jimmy Hayes—brother of Kevin Hayes whom the Blackhawks drafted yesterday—in return for the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Burke used the pick to select forward Brad Ross, who played with the Portland Winterhawks last season, registering 27 goals and 41 assists for a total of 68 points in 71 games. Hayes, who stands 6’5 and weighs in at an impressive 210 pounds, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Leafs. Projected to be a power forward, Hayes put up modest totals this season, registering 13 goals and 22 assists for a total of 35 points in 42 games as a member of Boston College. Ross is known as an

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Philadelphia Flyers Trade Dan Hamhuis’ Rights To Pittsburgh Penguins

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

It’s not often that bitter cross-town rivals strike a deal, but yesterday night that changed for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Philadelphia Flyers acquired the exclusive negotiating rights to former Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis for defenseman Ryan Parent and a conditional draft choice on June 19th, only to find they could not get Hamhuis signed to a deal. The Flyers inability to get Hamhuis under contract necessitated the deal which saw Hamhuis’ rights traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Pens third round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. As it stands right now, the Penguins have yet to announce a deal with Hamhuis. It is widely believed that longtime Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar may be asking for a three year deal in the neighborhood of $5 million per, which may be too rich

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2010 NHL Entry Draft- Selections and Analysis

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers used the number one pick to select Taylor Hall , while the Boston Bruins selected Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick. Hall, who won back-to-back Memorial Cups and Memorial Cup MVP’s, gives the Oilers a very talented, offensive-minded forward who should bring a certain amount of respect back to the floundering Oilers franchise. In Seguin, the Bruins get a player that won the OHL scoring title and is the more well rounded of the two top picks. Given Seguin’s skill-set the Bruins feel as if he is ready to step into their everyday lineup as a top six forward. No question, both teams got great players and, while I suspect Hall will be a tremendous NHL scorer, I suspect Seguin will emerge as the better, more well-rounded player. Despite all the speculation, there never

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Patrick Marleau and Joe Paveski Re-Sign With San Jose

June 24th, 2010 No Comments

The San Jose Sharks have announced that both Patrick Marleau (a unrestricted free agent come July 1st) and Joe Pavelski (a restricted free agent come July 1st) have been signed to a pair four-year contract extensions, which will see Marleau earn a reported $6.9 million per season while Pavelski will earn $4 million per. The news comes on the heals of the Sharks announcing that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (a staple in San Jose) would not be tendered a new contract by the Sharks, leaving him free to sign elsewhere as a UFA. Marleau—who was expected to be one of the more sought-after free agents on the market—bounced back from a sub-par 2007-08 season, which saw the Sharks’ all-time leading scorer post 19 goals, 48 points, and an alarming minus-19 rating in 78 games.  He has now posted back-to-back All-Star calibre

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Ritter’s Rant: News and Notes From Around The NHL

June 23rd, 2010 No Comments

“Boo-uuurns” Talk about your stupid decisions. The Hockey Hall of Fame committee decided in their infinite wisdom to leave former NHL coaching guru Pat Burns off their list of inductees this week. Burn’s, who is terminally ill with cancer, may not have long to live. You gotta think it would have meant a lot to Burns to see himself inducted into the Hockey hall of Fame, now, having been passed over, Burns may pass not being able to celebrate what could have been a tremendous moment for both Burns and hockey. While many see this as a cry for pity, I will remind everyone that Burns owns some of the best numbers in NHL coaching history, including three Jack Adams Awards, a Stanley Cup ring with the New Jersey Devils and a record of 501-353-151-14 through 1019 career games. Let’s

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Pat Burns Snub By Hockey Hall Of Fame Hard To Take

June 23rd, 2010 No Comments

The Hockey Hall of Fame committee consists of 18 people, including the likes of Pat Quinn, Scotty Bowman, Colin Campbell, John Davidson, James Gregory, David Branch, Harry Sinden, Michael Farber, Serge Savard, Lanny McDonald and eight others. Of those 18 a total of 14 committee members must select a nominee on their ballets. Monday night, Burns fell short, which has enraged a number of hockey fans, players, current Hall of Fame members and writers alike. In order for a player, coach or otherwise to be selected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame he or she must qualify under one or more of three categories: 1) The builder category 2) The Player Category 3) The referee/Linesman category As an NHL coach, Burns would qualify under the Builder category. Why Burns? It’s pretty simple. Pat Burns owns one of the most impressive

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