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Ilya Kovalchuk Balks At Joining L.A.; What Now?

July 5th, 2010 No Comments

After tons of speculation suggesting that highly sought after free agent sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk was going to sign with the Los Angeles Kings, the L.A. Times is reporting that they were informed by Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi that Kovalchuk would not be headed to Tinseltown. “We took our best shot to meet his (Kovalchuk’s) needs and the teams”, Lombardi wrote to the L.A. Times via email. At this point there are still a number of NHL teams still interested in Kovalchuk, including the New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and the New York Islanders—who are said to have tendered a ten-year $10 million dollar deal to Kovalchuk, the same amount he turned down from the Atlanta Thrashers organization just a few months ago. While it is unknown as to how much money and what kind of term the Kings were


2010 NHL Entry Draft- Selections and Analysis

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers used the number one pick to select Taylor Hall , while the Boston Bruins selected Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick. Hall, who won back-to-back Memorial Cups and Memorial Cup MVP’s, gives the Oilers a very talented, offensive-minded forward who should bring a certain amount of respect back to the floundering Oilers franchise. In Seguin, the Bruins get a player that won the OHL scoring title and is the more well rounded of the two top picks. Given Seguin’s skill-set the Bruins feel as if he is ready to step into their everyday lineup as a top six forward. No question, both teams got great players and, while I suspect Hall will be a tremendous NHL scorer, I suspect Seguin will emerge as the better, more well-rounded player. Despite all the speculation, there never


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


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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