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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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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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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Five Sleeper Pick’s Your Team Should Draft

June 14th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL Entry Draft fast approaching we have already read countless articles about the top ten players entering Draft. Needless to say, there are plenty of other players out there, many of whom are best described as “hidden gems”. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five players that, while not getting a ton of press, could emerge as a nice “sleeper” pick for some NHL team. Brad Ross, Left Wing, Portland Winterhawks- WHL Ranked 33rd overall by International Scouting Service, Brad Ross is projected to be an agitator. He has drawn comparisons to Darcy Tucker, Steve Downie and, to a lesser extent, Matt Cooke, which is quite the compliment. Much like Tucker, Downie and Cooke, Ross can play a little as well, posting 27 goals, 68 points and a lofty 203 penalty minutes as a member

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NHL Playoffs: Top Ten Point Producers Of All-Time

May 7th, 2010 No Comments

NHL Playoffs: Top Ten Point Producers Of All-Time With the second round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs just heating up it’s tough not to make comparisons from playoff seasons past. Numerous players are having career years in this years playoffs, many of whom were not expected to do so. Let’s face it, everyone likes to root for the unknown hero, but what about the all-time greats, which players were the top playoff point producers in NHL history? Let’s take a look at the top ten playoff point producers, will your favorite clutch player be there? Bryan Trottier: 1975-1976 through 1993-1994 If you are a fan of hockey it’s no surprise that a member of the New York Islanders dynasty is on this list—what may surprise you is that it is Bryan Trottier and not Mike Bossy or Denis Potvin that

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Best Performances Of The Western Conference, Thus Far

April 29th, 2010 No Comments

With round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the books for the Western Conference it’s time to pick the best playoff performers thus far. The likes of Colorado Avalanche’s goaltender Craig Anderson and Los Angeles Kings defensemen certainly were making a case for themselves, that is until both of their teams were ousted from the playoffs. Suffice to say there are plenty of other candidates out there, here are my top five. Evgeni Nabokov: Goaltender, San Jose Sharks— With all the pressure to perform in the playoffs squarely on Nabokov’s shoulders very few of us would have been surprised to see him falter. Fortunately for the Sharks Nabokov was rock solid for the Sharks in the final four games of their series against the Av’s, posting a 3-1 record, with his only loss coming in a game in which

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NHL Playoffs: Top Five Performers Thus Far

April 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The NHL playoffs have just begun but there are already numerous players that are establishing themselves as the cream of the crop. A top playoff performer can transform their teams from also-rans to top flight teams capable of making a long run towards winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. Let’s take a look at the best players of this years playoffs and why they are amongst the NHL’s best thus far…. Nicklas Backstrom: Forward, Washington Capitals— The fact that Backstrom makes the list is hardly a surprise. Through 82 regular season games Backstrom lit up opposing goaltenders, scoring 33 times and registering 101 points. Through four playoff games Backstrom has been a difference maker, scoring four goals and notching four assists. His three goal four point effort in game number two versus the Montreal Canadiens was one for the ages and qualifies

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