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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 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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Which Player Will Brian Burke Draft If He Lands Columbus’ Fourth Overall Pick?

May 31st, 2010 No Comments

It’s not very often that an NHL team gets a shot at selecting in the top-five of the NHL Entry Draft. If Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke had elected to pass on  Phil Kessel and keep his first-round draft choice the Leafs would be doing exactly that, in fact, the Leafs would be drafting second overall. Recent reports from various news outlets suggest that Burke is in hot pursuit of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first round draft pick, which would be the fourth overall selection. In order to get the Blue Jackets coveted first-rounder the Leafs would have to give up veteran all-star calibre defenseman Tomas Kaberle and perhaps a forward such as Mikhail Grabovski or Nikolai Kulemin—who has yet to sign a long term deal with the Leafs and is in the middle of a contract squabble.

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Steve Yzerman Named Lightning GM: Was It A Good Move???

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Steve Yzerman will be announced as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager at a 3:00 p.m. news conference this afternoon. Yzerman had been working with the Detroit Red Wings as an executive. Most recently, he served as Team Canada’s general manager at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He will leave Detroit for what can only be described as a great situation in Tampa. The Tampa situation does not come without it’s challenges but, given his resume and accomplishments, Yzerman’s should be able to solve them. In Jeff Vinik, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally boast an owner who is both stable and has deep pockets. Vinik, who bought the Lightning on March 3, 2010, has stated on many occasions that he is committed to recapturing the winning ways of the Lightning and to make the

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Is The NHL In Danger Of Becoming Caught In A “Trap” Again???

May 10th, 2010 No Comments

As little as five years ago almost every NHL team had adopted some form of “the trap” (a 1-2-2 forechecking system) in order to compete in the NHL. The idea was to shut down opposing offenses by clogging up the neutral zone, effectively minimizing, if not, nullifying your opponents ability to light the lamp. There is little doubt that, for the most part, the system worked. In fact, numerous NHL teams were able to perfect the hated trap to the point that they were able to turn their efforts into a Stanley Cup victory, including, the 1994-95 and 2002-03New Jersey Devils, 1998-99 Dallas Stars and 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings. NHL Fans often felt cheated when exposed to the trap (a.k.a “the left wing lock”) as they were forced to watch hockey that was typically void of scoring, creativity, speed and

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

May 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Say It Ain’t So Sidney… It’s been a long time since we witnessed Sidney Crosby having a complete breakdown, hasn’t it? Crosby, who is often referred to as “Cindy” for all the bellyaching and crying he did in the early part of his career had gotten away from that sort of thing…that is until the Sunday afternoon tilt between Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. Frustrated by the tight-checking Canadiens, Crosby took it out on one of his sticks, slamming it off the Canadiens net in a fit of rage, shattering the stick to pieces and making a arse of himself in the process. It wasn’t one of Crosby’s prouder moments, in fact, it was downright stupid and he is lucky he didn’t receive an unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions. One thing the Habs have proven

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