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NHL Playoffs: Top Five Candidates For MVP Thus Far

May 5th, 2010 No Comments

Admittedly, writing on an article on the NHL Playoff MVP is a tad premature. That said, given all the quality showings thus far leads me to believe that for the first time in a long while there will be plenty of competition for the coveted Conn Smythe Award. Originally award in the 1964-65 season, we have seen a fair share of hockey legends take home the Conn Smythe Trophy. Legendary Montreal Canadiens forward Jean Beliveau took home the coveted prize in 1964-65—later joined by 21 Forwards over the years including, but limited to, Guy Lafleur, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and, most recently, Evgeni Malkin in 2008-09. A total of nine defensemen have had their name engraved on the Conn Smythe Trophy, including, but not limited to, Serge Savard, Bobby Orr, Brian Leetch,

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Jaromir Jagr To Stay With KHL Next Season: Does Anybody care?

May 4th, 2010 No Comments

The Cult of Hockey Blog at the Edmonton Journal is reporting that Jaromir Jagr will remain in Russia with the Kontinental Hockey League next season as he is said to have signed a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk. The question is, does anybody really care? Jagr, arguably one of the biggest talents of the 1990’s through early 2000’s, has played with Avangard since 2008/’09, amassing at total of 47 goals and 95 points in 106 games played. Jagr elected to leave the NHL after the 2007/’08 season, a season in which he struggled by Jagr’s standards, registering 25 goals, 46 assists and 71 points. At the time of his departure it was widely agreed that Jagr looked to have lost a step and, in many experts minds, had lost a little bit of the passion to play in the NHL.

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Philadelphia Flyers Lose Game Two To Boston Bruins—Is Philadelphia Out Of Gas?

May 4th, 2010 No Comments

Heading into their round two series against the Boston Bruins there were plenty of questions surrounding the Philadelphia Flyers. With injuries to Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne coming towards the end of the Flyers Series against the New Jersey Devils and already depleted Flyers lineup was once again compromised. The NHL playoffs is no easy road. In fact, many sports enthusiast believe the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy in all of sports to win. The Physical punishment players endure every night combined with the tough travel and short resting periods, combine to make the drive for the Stanley Cup a truly grueling endeavor. Down by two goals with just over 13 minutes left to play in game one the Flyers dug deep to mount an incredible comeback, tying the game at four, rescuing the Flyers from a game one

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Ritter’s Rant: News And Notes From Around The NHL

May 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Say It Ain’t So Sidney… It’s been a long time since we witnessed Sidney Crosby having a complete breakdown, hasn’t it? Crosby, who is often referred to as “Cindy” for all the bellyaching and crying he did in the early part of his career had gotten away from that sort of thing…that is until the Sunday afternoon tilt between Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. Frustrated by the tight-checking Canadiens, Crosby took it out on one of his sticks, slamming it off the Canadiens net in a fit of rage, shattering the stick to pieces and making a arse of himself in the process. It wasn’t one of Crosby’s prouder moments, in fact, it was downright stupid and he is lucky he didn’t receive an unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions. One thing the Habs have proven

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Monday Morning Musings With Me ‘The Big E’: Habs at It Again? and More…

May 3rd, 2010 No Comments

 Written By Guest Writer: Eric Warren Right now, Habs fans everywhere are drooling. Those fans who slept last night didn’t sleep well, and fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins slept even less. All in all it was a pretty good weekend of playoff hockey. Although it’s no surprise to me, the Sharks take a 2-0 series lead into Detroit tomorrow night where the “just not quite close enough” Red Wings will try to keep them from taking a stronger hold on a series that had most people picking the Wings in five!  So much for the experts .  The Montreal Canadiens are the Cinderella story of these 2010 Playoffs so far, having already taken the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to seven games and defeating them. Mike Cammalleri has been an absolute killer for the Habs. Third in these playoffs with 13

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Andrei Markov Out Indefinately: Which Defensemen Will Step Up?

May 2nd, 2010 No Comments

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that defensive leader Andrei Markov is out indefinitely with what they are calling “a lower body injury.” At this time there is no definitive report out there that sheds light on Markov’s injury—it’s the playoffs, good luck getting a straight answer! While it is unclear as to whether or not Markov will make it back for the Canadiens series against the defending Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins, given the severity of the hit he absorbed at the hands of Matt Cooke and the apparent damage that was incurred by Markov’s knee, one can expect that he may in fact be done for the series, if not the rest of the season. There are not a lot of players that can bring to the table the skills that Markov can on a nightly basis. With that in

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