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Are The Nashville Predators Looking To Sign Ilya Kovalchuk?

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

The Nashville Predators have pulled off two deals this afternoon, sending centre Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils in return for Matt Halischuk and a second-round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and sending the rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2011 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Ryan Parent. Hamhuis, who was widely expected to test the free agent waters this summer, is said to be looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $5 million or more per season on a long term deal. Arnott, a player that has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, heads back to New Jersey where he was a member of the Devils from 1997-98 through 2001-2002. When you factor in what Hamhuis was going to make ($5 million per)

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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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Why The Flyers Missed Out On Jaroslav Halak

June 18th, 2010 1 Comment

Way back in December the Philadelphia Flyers were rumored to be very close on a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would have seen Flyers sniper Jeff Carter flipped to the Habs for goaltender Jaroslav Halak. For the Flyers, Halak represented a means to an end to the goaltending soap opera that has been running since Ron Hextall left. For the Canadiens, Carter would have fit in nicely on their top line and answered many of their goal-scoring inadequacies. As much as this deal would have improved both rosters, neither side pulled the trigger and so the Flyers entered the postseason with veteran goaltender Brian Boucher and waiver wire pickup Michael Leighton between the pipes. Halak was incredible for the Canadiens throughout the entire 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, emerging as the difference maker in the Habs upset wins against the

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Part two Of three)

June 18th, 2010 No Comments

Last time we checked the draft options for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Today we will look at another five Eastern Conference teams, featuring the Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. Atlanta Thrashers: The exit of super-star Ilya Kovalchuk has left a huge offensive void that the Thrashers will need to fill, either through free agency or the draft. Drafting eighth overall the Thrashers will likely have a few high quality offensive players available to them including, Nino Niederreiter, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Johansen and perhaps even Alexander Burmistrov. Truth be told, it all really depends on what the teams ahead of them do. That said, I think it’s a safe bet to assume the Thrashers are looking for a forward, preferably a centre that

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Three Part Series)

June 17th, 2010 No Comments

It’s draft time again, and while almost every team has a first round draft pick, their needs vary. Many NHL teams chose to draft “the best player available,” but there are also just as many teams that draft by position, hoping to fill a void on their current roster. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Part One of a three-part series on my look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference teams and what their biggest needs are heading into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Which player will your favorite Eastern Conference team be looking to draft? Toronto Maple Leafs: Unfortunately, for fans of the Blue and White, there will be no first round draft pick and, as such, there will be no “savior” heading Toronto’s way. The Toronto Maple Leafs will not draft a player until the third

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Ritter’s Rant: News and Notes from around the NHL

June 16th, 2010 No Comments

Hawks Taking Flight? First off, congratulations go out to the Chicago Blackhawks, who, despite not having a “go-to” goaltender, pulled out a terrific Stanley Cup victory over the Cinderella Philadelphia Flyers. While I admire the team that Stan Bowman and company have assembled, I just cannot see this team becoming a dynasty, not when you consider how much talent the Hawks will have to part with this summer to get under the salary cap. A core that includes Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews is pretty good, but it was the Blackhawks’ depth that was the deciding factor throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Without that depth, the Hawks will be hard-pressed to enjoy a repeat, let alone a dynasty of three to four Stanley Cups. Missing “Toews”? As much as I loved what Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews did

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