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NHL Trade Rumors: Six Teams Interested in Trading for Tim Thomas

July 14th, 2010 No Comments

You don’t have to be from Boston to know who Tim Thomas is. After finishing the 2008-2009 regular season with an impressive 36-11-7 record, .933 save percentage, and a 2.10 goals-against average (GAA), Thomas led the top-seeded Bruins into the playoffs with confidence. Although Boston was surprisingly knocked out of the postseason by Carolina in the conference semifinals, Thomas’ efforts were still enough to earn him the Vezina trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. But this past season, the 36-year-old Thomas took a plunge for the ages. Despite a still-decent .915 save percentage, Thomas was just 17-18-8 with 104 total goals allowed by midseason, just 10 fewer than he gave up in all of the previous year. By then, Thomas was seeing fewer and fewer starts, and by spring, the veteran was using up $5 million in cap space on

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Grading the Philadelphia Flyers

June 30th, 2010 No Comments

The Philadelphia Flyers made a total of six selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, all of which were taken in the third round and beyond. As is the case with many player that go in the later rounds, there really isn’t a ton of information on such players, but with the help of the internet and draft reports, we can reasonably make a grade for each player and the Flyers overall draft results. Looking at the Flyers overall depth in the system it was easy to deduce that the Flyers were in need of some forward depth and, to a lesser extent in need of defense. With that in mind, it was no surprise to learn that the Flyers selected a total of five forwards and one defenseman at the draft. First up, the Flyers selected Michael Chaput with

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Leafs Select Promising Centre Greg McKegg In Third Round

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected highly-touted centre Greg McKegg with their third round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. McKegg, who stands 6’0 and weighs in at 185 pounds, brings a ton of speed to the Leafs lineup and is very versatile as he is able to play both centre and wing. The native of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, is known as a goal scorer who uses his speed to avoid defenders. He is a very crisp/quick skater with a tremendous first stride and a decent hockey IQ. Through 67 games, McKegg scored 37 goals and added 48 assists for a total of 85 points with the OHL’s Erie Otters. His 85 points were good enough for 11th overall in regular season scoring amongst OHL players, while his 37 goals ranked him 16th overall. McKegg has watched his

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2010 NHL Entry Draft- Selections and Analysis

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers used the number one pick to select Taylor Hall , while the Boston Bruins selected Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick. Hall, who won back-to-back Memorial Cups and Memorial Cup MVP’s, gives the Oilers a very talented, offensive-minded forward who should bring a certain amount of respect back to the floundering Oilers franchise. In Seguin, the Bruins get a player that won the OHL scoring title and is the more well rounded of the two top picks. Given Seguin’s skill-set the Bruins feel as if he is ready to step into their everyday lineup as a top six forward. No question, both teams got great players and, while I suspect Hall will be a tremendous NHL scorer, I suspect Seguin will emerge as the better, more well-rounded player. Despite all the speculation, there never

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

June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Adios Mr. Blake! The NHL lost another one of it’s greatest players last week when perennial all-star defenseman Rob Blake (who was playiong for the San Jose Sharks) announced his retirement. Blake, who posted 777 career points, including 240 goals, will be eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013—It says here he should be a first-time ballet entry. Blake had an amazing career, complete with a Norris Trophy Award in 1997-98, a Stanley Cup win with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and an Olympic gold medal in 2002 as a member of Team Canada. One thing is for sure, the NHL needs players like Blake—ones that are good off the ice as they are on it. He will be missed; thanks for the memories Mr. Blake! Was The Price, Right? Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier has been

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Part 3)

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

Having already covered a total of ten Eastern Conference teams, we now turn our focus to the next five; the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, drafting between 18th and 30th overall, the pickings get a slim towards the end. That said, many a draft has seen players slip through the cracks, will the 2010 edition of the NHL Entry Draft be any different? Ottawa Senators: The Ottawa Senators strength prospect-wise is on defense where they feature the likes of Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch, all three of whom are capable of cracking the Senators lineup this season, if not next. Of the three, the Senators are most excited about Karlsson, who looks to be NHL ready. At forward, the Seantors feature the likes of Louie Capourusso, Ilya

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