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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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2010-11 NHL Season: 12 Developing Players To Watch

July 15th, 2010 1 Comment

Every year NHL fans wait with great anticipation to watch the newest crop of NHL rookies arrive on the scene. Last season we saw several rookies post impressive seasons, including Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. With their rookie seasons behind them, the 2009-10 rookie crop will now be counted on to exceed their totals as sophomores, something many struggle with. Let’s take a look at the 12 sophomores you should be looking out for during the 2010-11 season. Tuukka Rask: Boston Bruins, Goaltender Tuukka Rask put up some of the most impressive numbers for a rookie goaltender in recent memory. Rask ranked first overall in Save percentage (.931) and goals against average (1.97), while his five shut outs ranked Rask seventh overall. Rask played 45 games last season, posting

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Edmonton Oilers Sign Alexandre Giroux: Will He Finally Live Up To Potential?

July 5th, 2010 No Comments

The Edmonton Oilers announced Saturday that they have signed perennial AHL star Alexandre Giroux to a one-year contract worth a reported $500,000. Giroux, who stands 6’3” and weighs in at 205 pounds, was originally taken in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (213th overall). He has spent most of his professional hockey career in the American Hockey League where he has amassed over 300 goals over 636 career AHL games played. Giroux has spent the past three seasons with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he has posted back-to-back 50 goal plus seasons, including a career best 60 goal performance in 2008-09. Clearly, Giroux has the talent to play at the AHL level, but he has never been able to transform his AHL skills into the NHL, where he has amassed a paltry four goals, nine

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

June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Adios Mr. Blake! The NHL lost another one of it’s greatest players last week when perennial all-star defenseman Rob Blake (who was playiong for the San Jose Sharks) announced his retirement. Blake, who posted 777 career points, including 240 goals, will be eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013—It says here he should be a first-time ballet entry. Blake had an amazing career, complete with a Norris Trophy Award in 1997-98, a Stanley Cup win with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and an Olympic gold medal in 2002 as a member of Team Canada. One thing is for sure, the NHL needs players like Blake—ones that are good off the ice as they are on it. He will be missed; thanks for the memories Mr. Blake! Was The Price, Right? Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier has been

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Part 3)

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

Having already covered a total of ten Eastern Conference teams, we now turn our focus to the next five; the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, drafting between 18th and 30th overall, the pickings get a slim towards the end. That said, many a draft has seen players slip through the cracks, will the 2010 edition of the NHL Entry Draft be any different? Ottawa Senators: The Ottawa Senators strength prospect-wise is on defense where they feature the likes of Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch, all three of whom are capable of cracking the Senators lineup this season, if not next. Of the three, the Senators are most excited about Karlsson, who looks to be NHL ready. At forward, the Seantors feature the likes of Louie Capourusso, Ilya

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