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Brad Ross Drafted By Toronto Maple Leafs In Second Round

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled off a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks that saw the Leafs prospect Jimmy Hayes—brother of Kevin Hayes whom the Blackhawks drafted yesterday—in return for the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Burke used the pick to select forward Brad Ross, who played with the Portland Winterhawks last season, registering 27 goals and 41 assists for a total of 68 points in 71 games. Hayes, who stands 6’5 and weighs in at an impressive 210 pounds, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Leafs. Projected to be a power forward, Hayes put up modest totals this season, registering 13 goals and 22 assists for a total of 35 points in 42 games as a member of Boston College. Ross is known as an

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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 23rd, 2010 No Comments

“Boo-uuurns” Talk about your stupid decisions. The Hockey Hall of Fame committee decided in their infinite wisdom to leave former NHL coaching guru Pat Burns off their list of inductees this week. Burn’s, who is terminally ill with cancer, may not have long to live. You gotta think it would have meant a lot to Burns to see himself inducted into the Hockey hall of Fame, now, having been passed over, Burns may pass not being able to celebrate what could have been a tremendous moment for both Burns and hockey. While many see this as a cry for pity, I will remind everyone that Burns owns some of the best numbers in NHL coaching history, including three Jack Adams Awards, a Stanley Cup ring with the New Jersey Devils and a record of 501-353-151-14 through 1019 career games. Let’s

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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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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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