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

June 1st, 2010 No Comments

Don Cherry Stops Traffic:

There is no easy way to ask this, so I’ll just throw it out there…How many taxi cabs did Don Cherry have to dismantle before he had enough yellow and black checkers for the suit he wore Saturday night? Let’s be honest, it was God awful, maybe one of the worst jackets Cherry has ever worn.

Briere Centre Of Attention:

If I am Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette I am keeping Danny Briere at centre—he’s been awesome there, not so much on the wing.

Fickle Fans:

Hockey fans are pretty fickle these days. Day-in, day-out, hockey fans are begging for more offense, game one of the Stanley Cup Finals produces a total of eleven goals and the consensus is that the game wasn’t entertaining. Huh?

Blackhawks D is Down:

Note to all Chicago Blackhawk defensemen—shoot the puck on the power play, would ya? Side note: Chicago’s defensemen are yet to score a goal on the power play this playoff season.

Kaberle Update:

For all you Leaf fans that are holding out hope that the Leafs could land the Columbus Blue Jackets fourth overall pick in this years NHL Entry Draft, don’t you think Columbus could do a little better than Tomas Kaberle?

The problem with Kaberle is that he has just one season left on his contract and, the odds are that he would not sign a long term deal in a small market such as Columbus.

Simply put, trading for Kaberle would be a bad move for Columbus—if I was the Blue Jackets GM I’d be calling the Chicago Blackhawks (a team that will need to dump a ton of salary this summer) instead of the Leafs, there’s just more value there.

Did Anyone “Czech” Out The World Cup?

The Czech Republic should be congratulated for their Gold Medal World Cup victory over the Russians. Then again, does anyone really take this tournament seriously anymore?

Tell me the truth, after Team Canada was eliminated we all turned the TV’s off, right?

Anton, Gone?

There have been a lot of rumors circulating that Ottawa Senators free agent defenseman will sign with the Washington Capitals this summer. Capitals GM George Mcphee has denied any interest in the rugged Defenseman stating he has “no interest in that player (Volchenkov)”

Funny, I would think the Capitals would be a much improved team if they brought Volchenkov into the fold. A stay-at-home D-man is just what the doctor ordered if you ask me.

More Russians:

Lot’s of other Russians making hockey headlines this week. Rumors are circulating that Anton Volchenkov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Frolov have all been approached by various KHL teams flush with massive contracts.

Money is nice and all but if you really want to evolve your game and be respected by your peers as great hockey players you play in the NHL, period.

I say if the Russian player want to leave let them go. Trust me, as much as I would miss watching this trio the NHL will thrive without them.

Sticking with the KHL, how long before they start offering big money deals to North American players? Wouldn’t it be interesting if they stepped up and offered the likes of Patrick Marleau and/or Paul Kariya a big money deal?

Olli-choke:

Is there really any team out there that will be willing to offer Olli “the choker” Jokinen a long-term contract this summer?

Somehow, after all his struggles and uninspired play, I just can’t see any NHL GM’s saying to themselves “yeah, Jokinen, that’s what my team needs”…

JVR D.O.A:

It’s all well and good to point out how poorly Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward James Van Riemsdyk has been throughout the playoffs (two goals, four points in 18 playoff games.

The fact is, JVR was horrific down the stretch—scoring just one goal  and two points (in the same game: April first against the New York Islanders) in the Flyers final 20 games of the regular season.

It’s about time Laviolette took JVR out of the lineup, should have been earlier.

Until next time,

Peace!

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