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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 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


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


NHL Playoffs: Top Ten Point Producers Of All-Time

May 7th, 2010 No Comments

NHL Playoffs: Top Ten Point Producers Of All-Time With the second round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs just heating up it’s tough not to make comparisons from playoff seasons past. Numerous players are having career years in this years playoffs, many of whom were not expected to do so. Let’s face it, everyone likes to root for the unknown hero, but what about the all-time greats, which players were the top playoff point producers in NHL history? Let’s take a look at the top ten playoff point producers, will your favorite clutch player be there? Bryan Trottier: 1975-1976 through 1993-1994 If you are a fan of hockey it’s no surprise that a member of the New York Islanders dynasty is on this list—what may surprise you is that it is Bryan Trottier and not Mike Bossy or Denis Potvin that


Five Players That Have Been a Surprise Thus Far In The NHL Playoffs

April 20th, 2010 No Comments

Every year we wait patiently for the NHL Playoff season to commence. Some say the best part of the playoffs is watching a team get upset by a lower seed, some say it’s the heightened compete level from players and teams alike, me? I like watching unexpected hero’s emerge and players that were doubted by the “experts” come up huge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the most surprising players thus far in the playoffs, for better, or for worse. Chris Pronger—Defenseman, Philadelphia Flyers: Playing upwards of thirty minutes and 34.3 shifts per game, Pronger has been seeing plenty of time on the power play—and for good reason. Pronger has two power play goals, three points and has made life miserable for New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur by clogging up his crease. More importantly,

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