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Five NHL Games You Can’t Miss This Week

March 8th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter For many NHL hockey fans this is their favorite time of the year, the playoffs are just around the corner and, for most teams, it is “crunch time”. Looking over the Eastern and Western Conference standings we see a very muddled picture at the bottom of the pack. The Eastern Conference features five teams that are within five points of the sixth place Philadelphia Flyers, while the Western Conference boasts six teams that are within five points of the Detroit Red Wings who just happen to occupy the eighth and final playoff seeding in the West. This weeks NHL games feature a number of old school rivalries as well as a number of games that will have huge playoff implications. With that in mind, let’s look at this week’s can’t miss games… 1.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Is Your Team In Or Out?

March 6th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter It’s official, for the majority of NHL teams there is less than twenty games left in the season. For some teams, most notably the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers, it’s time to put your playoff hopes on the shelf and take a look at the kids on the farm. For others, it’s crunch time—time to get hot in hopes of making the playoffs. In the NHL’s Eastern Conference, there are six teams that are legitimately in the running for the bottom three playoff spots. The Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers currently occupy the sixth, seventh and eighth playoff spots. Hot on their heals, the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are separated by a margin of seven points from the sixth spot.

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Philadelphia Flyers: No Trades, Is This Good News?

March 3rd, 2010 No Comments

For a good portion of the NHL season numerous members of the Philadelphia Flyers have been linked to trade rumors, including the likes of Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne, Ryan Parent and Daniel Carcillo. Coming the other way were Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and a slew of others. As it turned out, none of the rumors had teeth as the Flyers elected to make any significant trades on or before today’s deadline. To say that hearing your name in trade rumors is a distraction is an understatement, but part of the business of hockey nonetheless. To their credit, each one of these players have fought through all the rumors and put together a decent season for themselves. Sure, Gagne, Parent and Briere would like to have had a better season,

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Tomas Kaberle Still A Maple Leaf, But For How Long???

March 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Tomas Kaberle has a no-trade clause, this much we know. What we don’t know is just how close Toronto Maple Leafs GM was to trading Kaberle at today’s deadline. Both Kaberle and Burke know that Kaberle’s no-trade clause will be null and void once the summer roles around—assuming the Leafs miss the playoffs, which they undoubtedly will. In a news conference broadcast on TSN this afternoon, Burke stated that he was approached by Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, who “whispered in Burke’s ear” a couple of teams that Kaberle was interested in joining, teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a chance to play for them. True to his word, Burke has never asked Kaberle to waive his no-trade. That said, when a player of Kaberle’s clout and skill level asks you to explore a couple of

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Trade Deadline Talk: Is Sidney Crosby On The Move?

March 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter With a little over 18 hours until the NHL trade deadline expires, there are a lot of names being bandied around as possible trade bait. If you listened to all the idiotic comments from all the Sidney Crosby haters after Team Canada won the Olympic gold medal, you’d think he was on his way out of Pittsburgh. After all, he’s a “whiner”, “has no heart”, “ is not a  leader”, “not a clutch player”, “hasn’t accomplished anything”, “can’t accomplish anything without Malkin” “didn’t show up at the Olympics” and, in one readers opinion, “ is gay”… Am I the only one who thinks these so-called “analysts” ought to check themselves into a psyche ward? Don’t worry Penguin fans, Crosby isn’t going anywhere, neither are his gold medals or Stanley Cup ring…his equipment is

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Ritter’s Rant: NHL News and Notes, Stajan and Ott re-up, Cote Placed on Waivers

March 1st, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Just hours after Canada celebrated their gold medal victory over the United States, The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins pulled the trigger on the first trade since the Olympic break. In what many perceive as a depth move, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold form the Panthers in return for the Penguins 2010 second round draft choice. Leopold, who registered seven goals and 18 assists in 61 games with the Panthers, gives the Penguins another decent shot on the power play and a guy who, on most night’s, plays a solid NHL game. The trade may very well set in motion a ton of movement. It is believed that, while unable to pull the trigger on any deals that NHL GM’s were busy during the Olympic break, making phone calls and inquiring

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