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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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Gagne Traded To Tampa Bay Lightning: Analysis

July 19th, 2010 No Comments

After numerous rumors of Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne being traded  to the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Los Angeles Kings and everywhere in between, Simon Gagne has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Gagne, scheduled to make $5.25 million for the upcoming 2010-11 season, scored 17 goals and added 23 assists through 58 games with the Flyers last season. It is widely viewed that Gagne was sent packing by the Flyers due to salary cap concerns, not for his lack of production or injury woes. Originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Gagne had spent his entire career with the Flyers, spanning ten years, scoring 259 goals and adding 265 assists for a

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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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The NHL’s Ten Most Untradeable Contracts

June 22nd, 2010 3 Comments

With so many NHL teams up or near the top of the salary cap there are plenty of big ticket players that NHL general managers would love to send packing. Trouble is, with so little cap space out there, many of these contracts are virtually untradeable. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL’s ten most untradeable contracts—who will emerge as number one? ***Please note: all numbers going forward are courtesy of capgeek.com and represent the players “CAP HIT”, not “SALARY”. Jeff Finger, Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs: When then Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher signed Jeff Finger to a long-term deal, many Leafs fans thought Fletcher was, in fact, giving the the fans of the Blue and White, “the finger”. With two years at $3.5 million per left on his contract and without the benefit

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Steve Yzerman Named Lightning GM: Was It A Good Move???

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Steve Yzerman will be announced as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager at a 3:00 p.m. news conference this afternoon. Yzerman had been working with the Detroit Red Wings as an executive. Most recently, he served as Team Canada’s general manager at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He will leave Detroit for what can only be described as a great situation in Tampa. The Tampa situation does not come without it’s challenges but, given his resume and accomplishments, Yzerman’s should be able to solve them. In Jeff Vinik, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally boast an owner who is both stable and has deep pockets. Vinik, who bought the Lightning on March 3, 2010, has stated on many occasions that he is committed to recapturing the winning ways of the Lightning and to make the

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Top Ten NHL Player Bargains of 2009/’10

April 7th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter With the conclusion of the 2u009/’10 NHL season just a few days away everyone from fans to management is thinking playoffs. This season will be remembered for a lot of things, head shots, the emergence of Steven Stamkos as a superstar and the rise of the left for dead Phoenix Coyotes. Many NHL GM’s will remember this season for other reasons, such as, signing a player to a contract that broght great value to his club. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten bargain contracts of the 2009/’10 season. Ian White- $850,000: Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs/Calgary Flames. (81GP, 12G, 25A, 37PTS, +8, 51PIM, 3PPG) When the 2009/’10 NHL season commenced very few had Ian White on the radar. Through 81 games White has established himself as one of

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