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Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Is Your Team In Or Out?

March 6th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter It’s official, for the majority of NHL teams there is less than twenty games left in the season. For some teams, most notably the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers, it’s time to put your playoff hopes on the shelf and take a look at the kids on the farm. For others, it’s crunch time—time to get hot in hopes of making the playoffs. In the NHL’s Eastern Conference, there are six teams that are legitimately in the running for the bottom three playoff spots. The Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers currently occupy the sixth, seventh and eighth playoff spots. Hot on their heals, the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are separated by a margin of seven points from the sixth spot.

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Philadelphia Flyers: No Trades, Is This Good News?

March 3rd, 2010 No Comments

For a good portion of the NHL season numerous members of the Philadelphia Flyers have been linked to trade rumors, including the likes of Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne, Ryan Parent and Daniel Carcillo. Coming the other way were Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and a slew of others. As it turned out, none of the rumors had teeth as the Flyers elected to make any significant trades on or before today’s deadline. To say that hearing your name in trade rumors is a distraction is an understatement, but part of the business of hockey nonetheless. To their credit, each one of these players have fought through all the rumors and put together a decent season for themselves. Sure, Gagne, Parent and Briere would like to have had a better season,

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Tomas Kaberle Still A Maple Leaf, But For How Long???

March 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Tomas Kaberle has a no-trade clause, this much we know. What we don’t know is just how close Toronto Maple Leafs GM was to trading Kaberle at today’s deadline. Both Kaberle and Burke know that Kaberle’s no-trade clause will be null and void once the summer roles around—assuming the Leafs miss the playoffs, which they undoubtedly will. In a news conference broadcast on TSN this afternoon, Burke stated that he was approached by Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, who “whispered in Burke’s ear” a couple of teams that Kaberle was interested in joining, teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a chance to play for them. True to his word, Burke has never asked Kaberle to waive his no-trade. That said, when a player of Kaberle’s clout and skill level asks you to explore a couple of

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NHL Trade Deadline Day: Who’s Buying/Selling? Northeast/Souteast Divisions

February 26th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Let’s face it folks, the Olympics have been a huge distraction for all of us NHL fans, a great distraction, but a distraction nonetheless. Once Sunday nights gold medal game is decided it will mark the point in which all NHL general managers will go back to work with the main focus being the trade deadline. Going forward, every NHL GM needs to establish wether they are buyers or sellers. For some, identifying their direction will be a tough one, the NHL standings are extremely cluttered, making it tough for many GM’s to decide if they should be making a run at the playoffs or if they should unload. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference and which teams will be buyers, sellers or remain undecided. Eastern

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Bad Trades: Who made the biggest blunder in NHL history???

February 18th, 2010 4 Comments

With the NHL trade deadline coming up, my thoughts quickly turned to the worst trades in NHL history. The list is longer than you think, but for the purpose of fitting this article into this publication, I have created a list of 12 horrific trades. 1. Pavol Demitra gets traded from the Ottawa Senators to the St. Louis Blues for Christer Olsson. Well, we all know who Demitra is, who the heck is Olsson? Demitra has over 700 points in his NHL career, while Olsson played 25 games for the Sens, scoring two goals and adding three assists for a total of five points. OUCH! Pass the vaseline, that trade hurt! 2. The Los Angeles Kings Trade Wayne Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues for Craig Johnson, Roman Vopat, Patrice Tardif, a first and a fifth rounder. In case you

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Brian Burke Is Right: NHL Teams Should Be Allowed To Trade Salary

February 18th, 2010 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is often looked upon as a bully in NHL circles. His crass demeanor and aggressive nature with the media makes Burke one of the most feared general managers in NHL hockey. Let’s face it, nobody is under the impression that the “P” in the middle of Brian Burke’s name stands for Penelope, however, you may find more than a few people in NHL circles that are willing to bet it is a five letter word that rhymes with “slick”. To be fair, Burke’s gruff nature is up for debate—I for one love his demeanor and swagger. One thing is definite, Burke is an innovator, the type of GM that looks outside the box for answers, the type of GM that is always willing to take calculated risks, and a guy that is always

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