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Five Players That Have Been a Surprise Thus Far In The NHL Playoffs

April 20th, 2010 No Comments

Every year we wait patiently for the NHL Playoff season to commence. Some say the best part of the playoffs is watching a team get upset by a lower seed, some say it’s the heightened compete level from players and teams alike, me? I like watching unexpected hero’s emerge and players that were doubted by the “experts” come up huge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the most surprising players thus far in the playoffs, for better, or for worse. Chris Pronger—Defenseman, Philadelphia Flyers: Playing upwards of thirty minutes and 34.3 shifts per game, Pronger has been seeing plenty of time on the power play—and for good reason. Pronger has two power play goals, three points and has made life miserable for New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur by clogging up his crease. More importantly,

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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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Looking Ahead: The Top Ten Unrestricted Free Agents Of 2011

March 24th, 2010 No Comments

Written By; Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter The NHL’s unrestricted free agent crop of 2010 is not a particularly strong one. Patrick Marleau and Thomas Plekanec make up two of the strongest forwards available while Nik Lidstrom and Evgeni Nabokov are two of the strongest players available on the back end. It is the belief of most prognosticators that Marleau, Lidstrom and Nabokov will all re-sign with their current clubs, with Plekanec being the most likely to move on. Given the suspected lack of movement and the belief that the 2010 unrestricted free agent crop will be very average overall, it may be wise for teams to save their cap space for 2011 (or so you’d think). When you look at the overall picture for 2011 UFA’s it mirrors 2010 very well—great talent at the top, but not much depth.

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Which NHL Players Will Score 50 Goals This Season???

March 10th, 2010 No Comments

Last season Washington Capitals super star Alexander Ovechkin led the NHL with a total of 56 goals. Ovechkin was the only player to reach the coveted fifty goal mark with the likes of Philadelphia Flyers sniper Jeff Carter (46), New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise (45) and former Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk (43) hot on his heals. This season Ovechkin finds himself in his usual spot on top of the scoring leader board, that said, the landscape has changed dramatically when you consider those players that are in the running to score fifty goals and, of course, to earn the coveted Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s most proficient goal scoring machine. Looking at the NHL stats sheet, there are only four players that have a legitimate chance at scoring fifty this season. Occupying the bottom ten spots in

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Five NHL Games You Can’t Miss This Week

March 8th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter For many NHL hockey fans this is their favorite time of the year, the playoffs are just around the corner and, for most teams, it is “crunch time”. Looking over the Eastern and Western Conference standings we see a very muddled picture at the bottom of the pack. The Eastern Conference features five teams that are within five points of the sixth place Philadelphia Flyers, while the Western Conference boasts six teams that are within five points of the Detroit Red Wings who just happen to occupy the eighth and final playoff seeding in the West. This weeks NHL games feature a number of old school rivalries as well as a number of games that will have huge playoff implications. With that in mind, let’s look at this week’s can’t miss games… 1.

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Olympic Hockey: The Ten Most Disappointing Players Thus Far

February 23rd, 2010 10 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Heading into Tuesday night’s there are several surprises amongst the Olympic Hockey scoring leaders. Belarus forward Sergei Kostitsyn has five points, good enough for a tie for fourth overall with Canada’s Sidney Crosby, Czech Republic defenseman Marek Zidlicky leads the tournament in assists with five and American defenseman Brian Rafalski leads the tournament in goals (tied with Canada’s Dany Heatley) with four. While Kostitsyn, Rafalski and Zidlicky all represent big surprises at the Olympic Games for all the right reasons, there are several players in Vancouver that have been a surprise for the wrong reasons. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the ten most disappointing players at the Olympics thus far. Chris Pronger (Canada) – expected to be Canada’s top shut down defenseman, Pronger has struggled to find his game

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