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Is The NHL Right To Institute Blindside Rule Without PA Approval?

March 24th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter TSN is reporting that the NHL is looking at instituting the blindside rule without the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s approval and it says here they should be applauded for it. The NHL has been under a ton of scrutiny for not instituting the blindside rule immediately, the fact that they are now trying to speed up the process is an indication that the NHL is tired of screwing around with safety issues and may, in fact, be willing to risk backlash from the NHLPA if necessary. It’s beyond me why any player or anyone within the Players Association would want to put up any opposition to bringing the rule in right away, after all, the NHL only has the players’ best interests in mind, which should always be the priority and often

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Looking Ahead: The Top Ten Unrestricted Free Agents Of 2011

March 24th, 2010 No Comments

Written By; Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter The NHL’s unrestricted free agent crop of 2010 is not a particularly strong one. Patrick Marleau and Thomas Plekanec make up two of the strongest forwards available while Nik Lidstrom and Evgeni Nabokov are two of the strongest players available on the back end. It is the belief of most prognosticators that Marleau, Lidstrom and Nabokov will all re-sign with their current clubs, with Plekanec being the most likely to move on. Given the suspected lack of movement and the belief that the 2010 unrestricted free agent crop will be very average overall, it may be wise for teams to save their cap space for 2011 (or so you’d think). When you look at the overall picture for 2011 UFA’s it mirrors 2010 very well—great talent at the top, but not much depth.

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Are The Flyers In Trouble Long-term?

March 17th, 2010 No Comments

Heading into tonight’s action against the Nashville Predators the Philadelphia Flyers were 6-3-1 in their past ten games—not bad, but perhaps not good enough to hold onto the seventh seed in the eastern Conference—especially when you consider the Montreal Canadiens are on a five game winning streak of their own. Current struggles aside, may fans of the Orange and Black see a team that has a chance at long-term success and perhaps even a Stanley Cup victory. Like most fans, the Flyers faithful tend to look at their team with rose colored glasses, seeing only the positives and not dealing with the true reality. The honest truth about the Flyers is this—for as many positives there are negatives and those negatives may very well get compounded come next season. According to nhlnumbers.com, Heading into the 2010-11 season the Flyers will

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Bruins/Penguins To Meet Thursday Night: Will There Be Blodshed?

March 14th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Fresh off the dangerous hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on the unsuspecting Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins NHL fans await a rematch between the two sides this Thursday night in Boston. To say everybody has an opinion about the Cooke hit would be an understatement. Opinions range from fans suggesting Savard should have been more aware to Cooke needing to be suspended for twenty games. Given the NHL’s current rules Cooke was not disciplined for his actions, hell, he didn’t even get a penalty on the play, which shows just how inadequate NHL referees can be on most nights. The funny part about all of this is the fact that the NHL rule book does have a rule that the Refs could have imposed on Cooke, a rule that most

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Is Steven Stamkos The NHL’s Next Big Star?

March 13th, 2010 No Comments

Few players in NHL history have the kind of season that Sidney Crosby had in his rookie year, especially in this the era of defense first hockey. Crosby’s 2005-06 rookie season saw him post 39 goals and 102 points, making him one of the most proficient rookie scorers in NHL history. Crosby’s 102 point effort was second to only Alex Ovechkin’s 106 points, with current St. Louis Blues (now Boston Bruins) forward Brad Boyes a distant third with a respectable 69 points. For some players, their rookie season represents the pinnacle of their careers. Many players are never able to duplicate their original success, casting them from the spotlight and into the depths of players with missed opportunities. When Steven Stamkos arrived as a rookie in 2008-09 with the Tampa Bay Lightning he came with enormous, if not unfair, expectations.

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Which NHL Players Will Score 50 Goals This Season???

March 10th, 2010 No Comments

Last season Washington Capitals super star Alexander Ovechkin led the NHL with a total of 56 goals. Ovechkin was the only player to reach the coveted fifty goal mark with the likes of Philadelphia Flyers sniper Jeff Carter (46), New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise (45) and former Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk (43) hot on his heals. This season Ovechkin finds himself in his usual spot on top of the scoring leader board, that said, the landscape has changed dramatically when you consider those players that are in the running to score fifty goals and, of course, to earn the coveted Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s most proficient goal scoring machine. Looking at the NHL stats sheet, there are only four players that have a legitimate chance at scoring fifty this season. Occupying the bottom ten spots in

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