Archive for June, 2010

NHL Draft 2010: Five Things the Philadelphia Flyers Need

June 22nd, 2010 No Comments

With the 2010 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away many armchair general managers are checking out their favorite teams depth charts in order to determine what it is their team needs. With the Philadelphia Flyers set to draft 89th, 119th, 149th, 179th and 209th overall, there really isn’t a lot of hope that they will emerge from the draft with what we’ll call a “blue-chip” prospect. That said, the Detroit Red Wings have proven in the past that you can build your team with third, fourth or even a seventh round draft choice with the likes of Johan Franzen (third round draft choice, 97th overall in 2004), Pavel Datsyuk (sixth round draft choice, 171st overall in 1998) and Henrik Zetterberg (seventh round draft choice, 210th overall, 1999), making up the core of Detroit’s successful franchise. The trouble is,

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Nathan Horton Heading to Boston Bruins

June 22nd, 2010 No Comments

TSN is reporting that the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins have put together a deal that will send Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Dennis Wideman and the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Horton fractured his leg last season, causing him to miss 17 games. That said, he did manage to post 20 goals and 57 points in 65 games played with the Panthers, and by all accounts, looks to have healed from his injury. Horton has posted five straight 20 goal season’s, with his best total coming in 2006-07 when he scored 31 goals. Horton will help the Bruins offensively, both on the power play and five-on-five, while also bringing a bit of grit, and he is a tremendous competitor. The Bruins are known for their depth at centre, and

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The NHL’s Ten Most Untradeable Contracts

June 22nd, 2010 3 Comments

With so many NHL teams up or near the top of the salary cap there are plenty of big ticket players that NHL general managers would love to send packing. Trouble is, with so little cap space out there, many of these contracts are virtually untradeable. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL’s ten most untradeable contracts—who will emerge as number one? ***Please note: all numbers going forward are courtesy of capgeek.com and represent the players “CAP HIT”, not “SALARY”. Jeff Finger, Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs: When then Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher signed Jeff Finger to a long-term deal, many Leafs fans thought Fletcher was, in fact, giving the the fans of the Blue and White, “the finger”. With two years at $3.5 million per left on his contract and without the benefit

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

June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Adios Mr. Blake! The NHL lost another one of it’s greatest players last week when perennial all-star defenseman Rob Blake (who was playiong for the San Jose Sharks) announced his retirement. Blake, who posted 777 career points, including 240 goals, will be eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013—It says here he should be a first-time ballet entry. Blake had an amazing career, complete with a Norris Trophy Award in 1997-98, a Stanley Cup win with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and an Olympic gold medal in 2002 as a member of Team Canada. One thing is for sure, the NHL needs players like Blake—ones that are good off the ice as they are on it. He will be missed; thanks for the memories Mr. Blake! Was The Price, Right? Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier has been

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Are The Nashville Predators Looking To Sign Ilya Kovalchuk?

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

The Nashville Predators have pulled off two deals this afternoon, sending centre Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils in return for Matt Halischuk and a second-round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and sending the rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2011 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Ryan Parent. Hamhuis, who was widely expected to test the free agent waters this summer, is said to be looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $5 million or more per season on a long term deal. Arnott, a player that has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, heads back to New Jersey where he was a member of the Devils from 1997-98 through 2001-2002. When you factor in what Hamhuis was going to make ($5 million per)

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Part 3)

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

Having already covered a total of ten Eastern Conference teams, we now turn our focus to the next five; the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, drafting between 18th and 30th overall, the pickings get a slim towards the end. That said, many a draft has seen players slip through the cracks, will the 2010 edition of the NHL Entry Draft be any different? Ottawa Senators: The Ottawa Senators strength prospect-wise is on defense where they feature the likes of Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch, all three of whom are capable of cracking the Senators lineup this season, if not next. Of the three, the Senators are most excited about Karlsson, who looks to be NHL ready. At forward, the Seantors feature the likes of Louie Capourusso, Ilya

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