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

April 14th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Beloved Burke: You gotta hand it to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke— he may not be the most beloved GM in the League, but he sure as hell is the most loyal. At the trade deadline Burke could have asked veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle to waive his no-trade clause, he didn’t. Asked why he would bring Leafs head coach Ron Wilson back, Burke said he would because “he did a good job coaching”. Burke had the opportunity to throw the likes of Jason Blake, Lee Stempniak and Alex Ponikarovsky under the bus and, thus far, has refused to and he had every right to. The Point is Burke is one class act and the Leafs are lucky to have him as their leader. Six Pack: Here a list of six things

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

April 9th, 2010 No Comments

Another Addition To an Already-Impressive Resume Don’t look now, having scored his 49th goal of the season last night against the listless New York Islanders, it looks as if none other than public enemy number one (at least in some NHL circles) Sidney Crosby is going to win the coveted Rocket Richard Trophy. All the Crosby haters will be quick to point to the fact that Ovechkin played fewer games than Crosby this season, but Ovechkin was responsible for most of those lost games by getting suspended. Crosby captained the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup last season, and he’s won Gold as a Junior and as an Olympian. He’s won the Art Ross (most points in the regular season, 2007), Lester B. Pearson (best player as voted by his peers, 2007), Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP, 2007), the Mark

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

April 6th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter There are more than a few players that will be retiring after the conclusion of this season, amongst them will be Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues and, perhaps even Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars. Modano is still a serviceable third/fourth line player who, in the right situation, could be a very effective player and leader. Through 56 games Modano has amassed a total of 13 goals and 28 points, while putting up a very respectable -5 rating. While Tkachuk looks to be done, he too has had a decent season, registering 13 goals and 30 points through 66 games. Like Modano, Tkachuk could fill a role for a young contending team and can still contribute on the power play (five goals this season). Whatever the case may be, both players

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

April 1st, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Anyone that watched the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night witnessed Leafs tough-guy Colton Orr at his worst. Having been aggravated by Thrashers forward Maxim Afinogenov, Orr took a stupid retaliatory penalty, smashing Afinogenov in the mouth, which cost his team when he was dinged for a two-minute penalty. In this case Forest Gump said it best, “stupid is as stupid does”… Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby may be the NHL’s biggest ambassadors, but there is little question who the NHL’s biggest star has been this season. Henrik Sedin may be quiet by nature but his stats speak volumes for his being named the NHL’s MVP. With six games to go in the season Sedin has registered 29 goals and 104 points, three points better than Ovechkin, ten points

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

March 20th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Given the severity of the hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook I completely understand why he is pissed off at Anaheim Ducks defenseman (and friend of Seabrook) James Wisnewski. That said, it is a long know fact that once the puck drops there are no friends on the ice, always has and always will be that way. I suspect once Seabrook has time to reflect on this that he will realize that Wisnewski was merely doing his job, albeit in a dangerous and gutless fashion. Seabrook can be mad at James Wisnewski the hockey player, but if they are really as tight as they suggest they are, then Seabrook can’t be mad at Wisnewski as a friend, can he? For the record, Seabrook practiced yesterday and feels ready to go as soon

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Ritter’s Rant: Notes From Around The NHL

March 18th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Not doubt about it, James Wisniewski was guilty of a dirty hit on Brent Seabrook and probably deserved the eight game suspension he received. The Question is, why didn’t the NHL investigate the Seabrook hit on Corey Perry a little further—a hit that was clearly a headshot, something the NHL is trying to get out of the game. As much as I’d like to applaud the NHL for FINALLY standing up for the player (Seabrook) I gotta believe that if the NHL had been tougher/more consistent on headshots Wisniewski wouldn’t have taken matters in his own hands. This is exactly why the NHL should immediately enforce the newly proposed headshot rules, everyday the NHL waits is another day in which the players will have to police the game themselves and that will only

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