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Chris Pronger Sends Clear Message To Media: Don’t Ask Stupid Questions!

June 10th, 2010 No Comments

After watching a number of post-game interviews and press conferences featuring Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (courtesy of NHL.com’s and TSN’s websites), one thing is for sure: If a media member tries to be a smart-ass or asks a stupid question, he will get the same attitude back in spades from Pronger—and deservedly so. While the media and hockey fans both thirst for interviews and press conferences, for the players, spending 20 minutes with the media—especially after a tough loss—must be like getting kicked in the groin with steel toe boots…both painful and not something you’d want to do on a regular basis! For many NHL players, making themselves available to the media is both a hassle and a total bore. Time after time, we hear the same questions directed towards players by the media. Sure, they may re-word the

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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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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: NHL Playoff News And Notes

May 8th, 2010 No Comments

It’s Time to Shout “Boo”, Not “Lou” The Vancouver Canucks won game of their round two series against the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 5-1. For the Canucks, it was the perfect start to the series, for the Blackhawks, a wake up call. Now four games into the series, the Hawks have all but dismissed the Canucks game one win, winning three games in a row including the Hawks, 7-4 dismantling of the shaken Canucks in last night’s game four action. There were a lot of Vancouver fans that (for whatever reason) felt that Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo somehow was the main reason Team Canada pulled off the gold medal win at the 2010 Olympics—for the record, I was/am on the record as saying Luongo didn’t impress at the Olympics and, in fact, still had plenty to prove. Well

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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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Forget About Alexander Ovechkin; Sidney Crosby Is King

April 17th, 2010 4 Comments

All season long I have had to read all the negative comments about Sidney Crosby and how he is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin. To say these comments are preposterous is an understatement. The fact is, Crosby is King, so all the haters had better get used to it. Now, before everyone gets their nickers in a bunch, consider the facts. Fact: Crosby scored more goals than Ovechkin this season (51-50) and tied him for points with 109. Crosby scored two goals in his final game to leapfrog over Ovechkin in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovechkin failed to register a point in his final game. Fact: Crosby outperformed Ovechkin at the Olympics—Crosby scored the gold medal winning goal for Canada, Ovechkin came home without a medal. Fact: Crosby won the Stanley Cup in 2008-09, beating Ovechkin

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