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Pat Burns Snub By Hockey Hall Of Fame Hard To Take

June 23rd, 2010 No Comments

The Hockey Hall of Fame committee consists of 18 people, including the likes of Pat Quinn, Scotty Bowman, Colin Campbell, John Davidson, James Gregory, David Branch, Harry Sinden, Michael Farber, Serge Savard, Lanny McDonald and eight others. Of those 18 a total of 14 committee members must select a nominee on their ballets. Monday night, Burns fell short, which has enraged a number of hockey fans, players, current Hall of Fame members and writers alike. In order for a player, coach or otherwise to be selected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame he or she must qualify under one or more of three categories: 1) The builder category 2) The Player Category 3) The referee/Linesman category As an NHL coach, Burns would qualify under the Builder category. Why Burns? It’s pretty simple. Pat Burns owns one of the most impressive

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Nathan Horton Heading to Boston Bruins

June 22nd, 2010 No Comments

TSN is reporting that the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins have put together a deal that will send Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Dennis Wideman and the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Horton fractured his leg last season, causing him to miss 17 games. That said, he did manage to post 20 goals and 57 points in 65 games played with the Panthers, and by all accounts, looks to have healed from his injury. Horton has posted five straight 20 goal season’s, with his best total coming in 2006-07 when he scored 31 goals. Horton will help the Bruins offensively, both on the power play and five-on-five, while also bringing a bit of grit, and he is a tremendous competitor. The Bruins are known for their depth at centre, and

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The NHL’s Ten Most Untradeable Contracts

June 22nd, 2010 3 Comments

With so many NHL teams up or near the top of the salary cap there are plenty of big ticket players that NHL general managers would love to send packing. Trouble is, with so little cap space out there, many of these contracts are virtually untradeable. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL’s ten most untradeable contracts—who will emerge as number one? ***Please note: all numbers going forward are courtesy of capgeek.com and represent the players “CAP HIT”, not “SALARY”. Jeff Finger, Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs: When then Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher signed Jeff Finger to a long-term deal, many Leafs fans thought Fletcher was, in fact, giving the the fans of the Blue and White, “the finger”. With two years at $3.5 million per left on his contract and without the benefit

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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: Which Teams Should Trade Their Pick?

June 16th, 2010 No Comments

Each year every hockey fan hopes their team can make it to the playoffs, then make a long run and, if possible, win the Stanley Cup. Sadly, only one team can win it all, which leaves 29 other sets of fans holding out hope that their first round draft pick will change the landscape of their beloved hockey team for the better. For those who follow the NHL Entry Draft it is all too apparent that, while every player drafted comes with a certain amount of hope, nobody is a sure thing—see players like current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and Ottawa Senators ultra-flop Alexandre Daigle. The reality is, of the 30 first round draft picks chosen at this year’s NHL Entry Draft, maybe 12-15 will turn out to be “good” NHL players, with somewhere around 6-10 being “difference

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Despite Game Seven Loss To Philadelphia, “It’s All Good” In Boston

May 15th, 2010 No Comments

No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans. Not only did Bruins fans have to endure losing to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers, they also allowed the Flyers to make NHL history as the Flyers win over the Bruins will likely go down as the biggest upset win, ever! Up three games to none in the series, the Bruins completely choked, losing four games straight to a Flyers team that was running near empty and had to endure numerous injuries, including losing Brian Boucher in game five. Needless to say, nobody could blame the odd Bruins fan if they woke up in Emergency with their wrists slashed, especially when

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