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Toronto Maple Leafs: Brad Richards And Brian Burke’s Other Pending Moves?

February 18th, 2011 1 Comment

While there is no guarantee that Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards will hit the free agent market there is no denying that if/when Richards does hit the free agent market the competition for his services will be fast and furious. Through 56 games with the Dallas Stars Richards has registered a total of 24 goals and 63 points, good enough for seventh overall in the scoring race and enough to make Richards a very rich man this summer. Unlike many NHL stars that are one-dimensional, Richards brings a unique combination of playmaking ability, goal scoring, defensive prowess and character. Richards ranks 15th in goals (24), fifth in assists, 24th in power play goals, tenth in shots (215) and a faceoff percentage that ranks him 41st in the league at a 51.4% success rate. Clearly, when it comes to this summers

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Brad Richards: Putting To Rest The Toronto Trade Rumors

November 23rd, 2010 3 Comments

There seems to be a lot of talk about Brad Richards becoming a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. While I would agree that Richards would be a fine addition to the Blue and White I think Maple Leaf fans are kidding themselves if they really expect Richards to be traded to Toronto. Now, let’s be clear here, trading for Richards (who will be 31 years old in May) and signing Richards as an unrestricted free agent are two very different things. Trading for Richards is unrealistic, signing him to a free agent contract is a whole other story. Think about it. Let’s say that Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk wanted to trade Richards—how many NHL teams do you think would be interested? In a rental player situation, probably all 16 playoff teams would have interest in Richards with

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NHL Division-By-Division Power Rankings: Southeast Division Weak No More

November 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Three weeks and one calender month into the 2010-2011 NHL season, we’ve already begun to be able to pick out the surprises and disappointments of the year. Teams like Buffalo and New Jersey, two top-ranked teams from the Eastern Conference last season, have both struggled to get going and posted a combined 0-8-2 home record, while franchises such as Montreal, Boston, and Tampa Bay have burst onto the stage with a combined 20-7-2 record. Meanwhile, in the West, Nashville, Edmonton, and Dallas started out strongly but have faltered lately, while, on the other hand, youthful squads such as St. Louis, Colorado, and Los Angeles have already begun to prove their legitimacy. But how does the NHL look from a divisional standpoint? Which five-team groups have been the toughest to play in so far, while which divisions have struggled despite their

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Toronto Maple Leafs—New York Rangers: Sloppy Seconds, Will Phaneuf Make Sean Avery Pay???

October 20th, 2010 No Comments

Last week the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers squared off in what eventually became a very closely contested match. While most of the attention was on the scoreboard, one could not ignore the fact that the most hated man in the NHL (Sean Avery) two-handed Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek in the ankle, not once, but twice and got away with it. As much as Komisarek would likely love to extract a measure of revenge on Avery I suspect he will be more inclined to just let it go and let the scoreboard, which should be favorable to the Maple Leafs Thursday night, do the talking for him. That said, there is another member of the Maple Leafs defense who still has a bone to pick with Mr. Avery, and perhaps Thursday night will finally be the night?

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2010-11 NHL Power Rankings: The Quintessential Report

October 10th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL pre-season behind us it’s almost time to start the regular season where all 30 NHL teams will drop the puck in anger for the first time. There was plenty of movement this summer, which should help change the landscape of the NHL standings in a big way from where the teams finished in 2009-10. Sure, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils are bound to be amongst the NHL’s elite teams, it’s in the bottom ranks that we will see the most change. Off-season improvements from teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins should equate to big changes in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes should help determine the playoff

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NHL: 2010-11 Eastern Conference Playoff Picks

September 30th, 2010 2 Comments

With the regular season just a few days away from commencing there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made. That said, for the most part, the top three lines on most NHL rosters are all but set, which makes it all the easier to make some solid predictions for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The following is a look at the Eastern Conference teams and where I see these teams finishing. Washington Capitals: Prediction- 1st In the Eastern Conference. After an excellent regular season which saw the Capitals earn the Presidents Trophy and set all kinds of franchise records along the way, the Caps fell victim to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s superb goaltending in the first round of the playoffs. Consdering just how poorly the Capitals season ended,  you just got to believe that the Capitals will come back with a

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