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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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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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Ritter’s Rant: NHL News And Notes

April 27th, 2010 No Comments

He may have only played just over ten minutes, but given his game six performance I think it’s safe to say the P.K. Subban era has commenced in Montreal. There are not too many defensemen that can play in all zones, Subban looks to be that kind of player. Keeping with the Montreal Canadiens, hands up all three of you that predicted the Canadiens would be forcing a game seven in their round one series against the mighty Washington Capitals. The Canadiens have kept Alexander Ovechkin off the scoreboard in two of the six games and they have done a marvelous job extinguishing the Capitals ultra-tough power play which stands at an astonishing 3.3 percent success rate. For the record, the Caps came into the series with the top ranked power play in the regular season, chiming in at a

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