Archive for June, 2010

Why The Flyers Missed Out On Jaroslav Halak

June 18th, 2010 1 Comment

Way back in December the Philadelphia Flyers were rumored to be very close on a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would have seen Flyers sniper Jeff Carter flipped to the Habs for goaltender Jaroslav Halak. For the Flyers, Halak represented a means to an end to the goaltending soap opera that has been running since Ron Hextall left. For the Canadiens, Carter would have fit in nicely on their top line and answered many of their goal-scoring inadequacies. As much as this deal would have improved both rosters, neither side pulled the trigger and so the Flyers entered the postseason with veteran goaltender Brian Boucher and waiver wire pickup Michael Leighton between the pipes. Halak was incredible for the Canadiens throughout the entire 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, emerging as the difference maker in the Habs upset wins against the

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Part two Of three)

June 18th, 2010 No Comments

Last time we checked the draft options for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Today we will look at another five Eastern Conference teams, featuring the Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. Atlanta Thrashers: The exit of super-star Ilya Kovalchuk has left a huge offensive void that the Thrashers will need to fill, either through free agency or the draft. Drafting eighth overall the Thrashers will likely have a few high quality offensive players available to them including, Nino Niederreiter, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Johansen and perhaps even Alexander Burmistrov. Truth be told, it all really depends on what the teams ahead of them do. That said, I think it’s a safe bet to assume the Thrashers are looking for a forward, preferably a centre that

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Three Part Series)

June 17th, 2010 No Comments

It’s draft time again, and while almost every team has a first round draft pick, their needs vary. Many NHL teams chose to draft “the best player available,” but there are also just as many teams that draft by position, hoping to fill a void on their current roster. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Part One of a three-part series on my look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference teams and what their biggest needs are heading into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Which player will your favorite Eastern Conference team be looking to draft? Toronto Maple Leafs: Unfortunately, for fans of the Blue and White, there will be no first round draft pick and, as such, there will be no “savior” heading Toronto’s way. The Toronto Maple Leafs will not draft a player until the third

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Ritter’s Rant: News and Notes from around the NHL

June 16th, 2010 No Comments

Hawks Taking Flight? First off, congratulations go out to the Chicago Blackhawks, who, despite not having a “go-to” goaltender, pulled out a terrific Stanley Cup victory over the Cinderella Philadelphia Flyers. While I admire the team that Stan Bowman and company have assembled, I just cannot see this team becoming a dynasty, not when you consider how much talent the Hawks will have to part with this summer to get under the salary cap. A core that includes Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews is pretty good, but it was the Blackhawks’ depth that was the deciding factor throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Without that depth, the Hawks will be hard-pressed to enjoy a repeat, let alone a dynasty of three to four Stanley Cups. Missing “Toews”? As much as I loved what Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews did

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Which Teams Should Trade Their Pick?

June 16th, 2010 No Comments

Each year every hockey fan hopes their team can make it to the playoffs, then make a long run and, if possible, win the Stanley Cup. Sadly, only one team can win it all, which leaves 29 other sets of fans holding out hope that their first round draft pick will change the landscape of their beloved hockey team for the better. For those who follow the NHL Entry Draft it is all too apparent that, while every player drafted comes with a certain amount of hope, nobody is a sure thing—see players like current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and Ottawa Senators ultra-flop Alexandre Daigle. The reality is, of the 30 first round draft picks chosen at this year’s NHL Entry Draft, maybe 12-15 will turn out to be “good” NHL players, with somewhere around 6-10 being “difference

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Five Sleeper Pick’s Your Team Should Draft

June 14th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL Entry Draft fast approaching we have already read countless articles about the top ten players entering Draft. Needless to say, there are plenty of other players out there, many of whom are best described as “hidden gems”. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five players that, while not getting a ton of press, could emerge as a nice “sleeper” pick for some NHL team. Brad Ross, Left Wing, Portland Winterhawks- WHL Ranked 33rd overall by International Scouting Service, Brad Ross is projected to be an agitator. He has drawn comparisons to Darcy Tucker, Steve Downie and, to a lesser extent, Matt Cooke, which is quite the compliment. Much like Tucker, Downie and Cooke, Ross can play a little as well, posting 27 goals, 68 points and a lofty 203 penalty minutes as a member

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