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

April 6th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter There are more than a few players that will be retiring after the conclusion of this season, amongst them will be Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues and, perhaps even Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars. Modano is still a serviceable third/fourth line player who, in the right situation, could be a very effective player and leader. Through 56 games Modano has amassed a total of 13 goals and 28 points, while putting up a very respectable -5 rating. While Tkachuk looks to be done, he too has had a decent season, registering 13 goals and 30 points through 66 games. Like Modano, Tkachuk could fill a role for a young contending team and can still contribute on the power play (five goals this season). Whatever the case may be, both players

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Toronto Maple Leafs Will Be Very Different in 2010/’11.

April 5th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter With the addition of the salary cap the NHL has seen a record number of players changing uniforms each offseason. The days of a player making one NHL team his home for his entire career are all but gone, in fact, more often than not, an NHL player can bank on switching teams upwards of five times. The Toronto Maple Leafs are no exception to these rules, there will be change this offseason, in fact, there will be plenty. Heading into the summer the Leafs will need to address numerous unrestricted free agents, including Garnett Exelby, Wayne Primeau, Rickard Wallin, Jamie Lundmark and Mike Van Ryn. Add that to a list that includes restricted free agents Jonas Gustavsson, Nikolai Kulemin, John Mitchell and Christian Hanson and you have a team that will undergo

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Philadelphia Flyers Face Tough Decisions This Off-Season

April 5th, 2010 1 Comment

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter The Flyers have had what can only be called an up and down season thus far. Injuries, coaching changes and inconsistent goaltending have been the major factors behind the Flyers’ lack of success as has the teams overall chemistry, or lack thereof. No question about it, the Flyers number one priority this off-season will be bringing an adequate goaltender into the fold. Given the Flyers have a total of $48,610 (all numbers courtesy of nhlnumbers.com) already devoted to 16 players it will be tough for them to acquire said goaltender unless they are able to unload a large contract as part of a trade. Another issue facing the Flyers is the number of restricted free agents they have. Daniel Carcillo, Darroll Powe, Brayden Coburn and Ryan Parent are four players that will be

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Brian Burke For NHL Commissioner?

April 3rd, 2010 2 Comments

  With so many NHL fans calling for the head of current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman these days, one has to wonder just how long it will be before there is serious pressure to replace him? Bettman has served as the NHL’s Commissioner since February 1, 1993, which equates to just under two decades of work. While there are plenty of fans out there that are quick to throw Bettman under the bus it must be noted that under the guidance of Bettman the NHL has grown it’s revenues from $400 in 1993 to a whopping $2.2 billion sports industry. Bettman has also been on hand to add six expansion teams into the fold, albeit with various levels of success. Through it all Bettman has tried his best to give America what it wants, trusting in his belief that he

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Flyers Playoff Chances Take Another Hit With Dan Carcillo Suspension

March 30th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter The NHL has issued another suspension, this time it’s the Philadelphia Flyers forward Dan Carcillo getting two games for cross checking New Jersey Devils Winger during their Sunday tilt. Sportsnet.ca reported that Carcillo apologized to Clarkson face-to-face after Carcillo “used his stick to cut Clarkson in the right eyebrow”. Clarkson, who required three stitches to close the wound, was quoted as saying “from what I remember, he (Carcillo) came in and instead of giving me a shove he got his stick up and whacked me in the face”. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is on recorded as saying that he didn’t feel the hit required a match penalty, nor did he feel the suspension was warranted, then again, what did we expect him to say? The fact is, players are responsible for their

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Could The Flyers And Bruins Hook Up In An Off-Season Trade?

March 30th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Given the Philadelphia Flyers salary cap restrictions it will be tough for them to land a goalie via free agency this summer. In fact, landing a goaltender like unrestricted free agents Evgeni Nabokov, Marty Turco, Jose Theodore, Chris Mason or perhaps even Ray Emery will be next to impossible. Sure, there are quite a few “average” free agent goaltenders available next season (Dan Ellis, Marty Biron, Alex Auld, Vesa Toskala), but the Flyers have already lived the nightmare that is signing second rate goalies and paid the price. Simply put, the Flyers cannot make the same mistake again, they need to get a solid goalie next season. Perhaps the best way for the Flyers to address their goaltending woes will be to entertain a trade with another club, perhaps the Boston Bruins? The

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