Archive for June, 2010

Stanley Cup 2010: Is Jonathan Toews Still the Conn Smythe Trophy Favorite?

June 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Despite his overall stellar performance throughout the 2008-09 playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby took a lot of heat last summer for his lack of results in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Given his lack of point production against Detroit in the finals—scoring just one goal in seven games, finishing with just three points in the series—Crosby was passed over for the Conn Smythe Trophy in favor of teammate Evgeni Malkin. This, despite Crosby leading all NHL players with 15 goals and finishing second overall in points with 31. Malkin, who finished with 14 goals (second overall) and 36 points (first overall) in last year’s playoffs, took home the coveted Conn Smythe trophy because of his superior performance in the Cup Final—there was a lot of weight attached to the Finals, many believe the defining

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Tomas Kaberle Rumours Ignited Again—Which Teams Are A Good Fit?

June 2nd, 2010 No Comments

TSN reporter Darren Dreger is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has sent a fax to all NHL clubs outlining Tomas Kaberle’s contract status and the fact that the Czech defenseman is, in fact, available. The fax also points out that Kaberle’s no-trade clause will expire prior to the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, but will be in effect in August. Needless to say, there are a lot of NHL clubs that may be interested in a top-flight defenseman with Kaberle’s resume and achievements. Kaberle is highly regarded throughout NHL circles and it is being reported that as many as five NHL teams have already contacted Burke about the asking price for said defenseman. What Burke and Dreger are unwilling to share with us is which teams are/may be interested in Kaberle. Here is a look at my

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

June 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Psst…Wanna Puck? There has been an awful lot of chatter about Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger stealing the pucks from games one and two of the Stanley Cup Final. As one of our BR readers pointed out, it’s a brilliant move by Pronger as his actions have deflected a ton of media attention away from the fact that the Flyers are down two games to none in the series. Say what you will about Pronger—he’s one smart cookie if you ask me. Record Run? When the Chicago Blackhawks take to the ice tonight in Philadelphia they will be in hot pursuit of their eighth straight playoff road victory. If the Hawks can pull out a win they would set an NHL record for most consecutive playoff road wins; pretty impressive to say the least. “Lap” It Up: I don’t know

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Stanely Cup Finals 2010: Flyers Lose Game Two, But Look Far From Finished

June 1st, 2010 No Comments

The Chicago Blackhawks were badly outplayed in the third period of game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, but in the end, they escaped with a 2-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead. For the Flyers, they can take solace in the fact that they have now played two highly contested games against the favored Blackhawks—two games that could have gone in the Flyers favor. Philadelpia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette gave game one “goat” Michael Leighton a vote of confidence by giving him a chance at redemption, starting the tough-luck goaltender in game two. Laviolette was rewarded with a strong effort from Leighton, one which saw him make 24 saves on 26 Chicago shots. At the other end of the ice, Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi (who was chosen first star of the game) was just a little bit better

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

June 1st, 2010 No Comments

Don Cherry Stops Traffic: There is no easy way to ask this, so I’ll just throw it out there…How many taxi cabs did Don Cherry have to dismantle before he had enough yellow and black checkers for the suit he wore Saturday night? Let’s be honest, it was God awful, maybe one of the worst jackets Cherry has ever worn. Briere Centre Of Attention: If I am Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette I am keeping Danny Briere at centre—he’s been awesome there, not so much on the wing. Fickle Fans: Hockey fans are pretty fickle these days. Day-in, day-out, hockey fans are begging for more offense, game one of the Stanley Cup Finals produces a total of eleven goals and the consensus is that the game wasn’t entertaining. Huh? Blackhawks D is Down: Note to all Chicago Blackhawk defensemen—shoot

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