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12 NHL Goalies That Must Step It Up For The 2010-11 Season

July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 NHL season saw a lot of otherwise unknown goaltenders establish themselves as the go-to netminders for their respective teams. Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Michael Leighton in Philadelphia and Jimmy Howard in Detroit all had excellent seasons, followed by more than respectable playoff runs. With the 2010-11 season just a few months away, many NHL netminders will be looking to duplicate or surpass their 2009 success, with others trying to re-establish themselves as the number one crease beast. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 12 NHL goalies that must step up their play in order to have a successful 2010-11 season. Michael Leighton: Philadelphia Flyers Picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers late in the 2009-10 season; Michael Leighton had a very successful run with the Flyers, including a run to the Stanley Cup

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Blackhawks Niklas Hjalmarsson Signed To Offer Sheet By San Jose Sharks

July 9th, 2010 2 Comments

The Blackhawks appear set to lose yet another peice of their Stanley Cup winning roster in top four defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson. After having already lost Dustin Byfuglien and Kris Versteeg how much more can they lose? As reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN, the offer sheet from San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is a four year $14 million deal. This would be an average cap hit of $3.5 million according to CapGeek.com. Chicago general manager Stan Bowman now has seven days to match this offer or receive a first and third round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks as compensation since Hjalmarsson is a restricted free agent. The question is, do the Blackhawks has the cap room necessary to avoid losing Hjalmarsson? Currently the Hawks are sitting with $3,613,410 in cap space for next season and they

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Evgeni Nabokov A Philadelphia Flyer? Does This Mean The End For Jeff Carter?

June 27th, 2010 No Comments

With news hitting various sources around the internet that the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov’s negotiating rights one has to think that, in order to do so, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will need to slash some salary. Clearly, given Nabokov’s three successive 40 plus win seasons and his overall pedigree I think the Flyers will be looking to sign Nabokov for as much as $5 million per season. At this point, it doesn’t matter how long the term of the contract is, it’s how a potential Nabokov contract will impact the Flyers 2010-11 salary cap. As it sits right now, the Flyers have a total of $49,409,762 committed to 17 roster players. Of those players, Daniel Briere, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger (35+) all have no trade clauses,

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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

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Patrick Marleau and Joe Paveski Re-Sign With San Jose

June 24th, 2010 No Comments

The San Jose Sharks have announced that both Patrick Marleau (a unrestricted free agent come July 1st) and Joe Pavelski (a restricted free agent come July 1st) have been signed to a pair four-year contract extensions, which will see Marleau earn a reported $6.9 million per season while Pavelski will earn $4 million per. The news comes on the heals of the Sharks announcing that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (a staple in San Jose) would not be tendered a new contract by the Sharks, leaving him free to sign elsewhere as a UFA. Marleau—who was expected to be one of the more sought-after free agents on the market—bounced back from a sub-par 2007-08 season, which saw the Sharks’ all-time leading scorer post 19 goals, 48 points, and an alarming minus-19 rating in 78 games.  He has now posted back-to-back All-Star calibre

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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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