1. Looking Ahead: The Top 10 Unrestricted Free Agents Of 2011

    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 ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about over 7 years ago 43,500 reads 24 comments

  2. Is the NHL Right To Institute Blindside Rule without PA Approval?

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter TSN is reporting that the NHL is looking at instituting the blindside rule without the Players Association’s approval and it says here that they should be applauded for it...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about over 7 years ago 74 reads 12 comments

  3. Philadelphia Flyers' Jeff Carter Out For the Season, Claude Giroux To Step Up?

    If the Philadelphia Flyers are going to make the playoffs this season it looks as if they will have to do so without the services of Centre Jeff Carter...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about over 7 years ago 538 reads 0 comments

  4. Ritter's Rant: News And Notes from Around the NHL

    Given the severity of the hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook I completely understand why he is pissed off at Anaheim Ducks defenseman (and his friend) James Wisnewski...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about over 7 years ago 197 reads 1 comments

  5. Ritter's Rant: Notes from Around the NHL

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” RitterNo doubt about it, James Wisniewski was guilty of a dirty hit on Brent Seabrook and probably deserved the eight-game suspension he received...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about over 7 years ago 391 reads 6 comments

  6. Are the Philadelphia Flyers in Trouble Long-Term?

    Heading into tonight’s action against the Nashville Predators, the Philadelphia Flyers were 6-3-1 in their past ten games—not bad, but perhaps not good enough to hold onto ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 1,959 reads 10 comments

  7. Ovechkin Hit All Too Familiar, NHL Needs To Send Him a Message

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter By now NHL fans are all too familiar with Alexander Ovechkin’s hit on the unsuspecting Brian Campbell...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 677 reads 32 comments

  8. Bruins-Penguins: Thursday Night, Will There be Blood?

    Fresh off the dangerous hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on the unsuspecting Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins, NHL fans await a rematch between the two sides this Thursday night in Boston...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 535 reads 5 comments

  9. Is Steven Stamkos the NHL's Next Big Star?

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Few players in NHL history have the kind of season that Sidney Crosby had in his rookie year, especially in this the era of defense-first hockey...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 1,175 reads 2 comments

  10. Ritter's Rant: Candid Shots at the NHL and Head Shots

    In light of the tough hits against Florida Panthers forward David Booth and Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard this season, the NHL’s adaptation of tougher rules against blindside ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 159 reads 8 comments

  11. Where Will the Philadelphia Flyers Finish in the Eastern Conference?

    Heading into Wednesday night’s action, the Philadelphia Flyers sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 380 reads 3 comments

  12. Crosby's Equipment Found: Almost Made Its Way to Russia

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Reports have surfaced suggesting that the stick and glove that went missing soon after Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in the Gold Medal game against the United States has been found...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 369 reads 1 comments

  13. Which NHL Players Have a Shot at 50 Goals?

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Last season Washington Capitals super star Alexander Ovechkin led the NHL with a total of 56 goals...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 1,176 reads 9 comments

  14. This Week's Five NHL Games You Can’t Miss

    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”...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 1,065 reads 6 comments

  15. Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Is Your Team In Or Out?

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” RitterIt’s official.  For the majority of NHL teams there is less than 20 games left in the season...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 536 reads 5 comments

  16. Ritter's Rant: 15 Unrestricted Free Agents & Other NHL Notes

    What is going on in Calgary? Why the sudden love affair with all the Toronto Leafs Castoffs? The fact that the Flames decided to cut-bait with Dion Phaneuf was questionable enough, but now, after ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 801 reads 13 comments

  17. Philadelphia Flyers: No Trades, Is This Good News?

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter For a good portion of the NHL season numerous members of the Philadelphia Flyers have been linked to trade rumors, including the likes of Jeff ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 781 reads 4 comments

  18. Tomas Kaberle Still a Toronto Maple Leaf, But For How Long?

    Tomas Kaberle has a no-trade clause, this much we know. What we don’t know is just how close the Toronto Maple Leafs GM was to trading Kaberle at today’s deadline...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 733 reads 6 comments

  19. Raffi Torres Headed to Buffalo Sabres

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter Ritter” The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded power forward Raffi Torres to the Buffalo Sabres in return for defenseman Nathan Paetsch and a second round draft pick...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 469 reads 0 comments

  20. NHL Trade Rumors: Tomas Kaberle IS Being Shopped, Washington Capitals Buying?

    There have been plenty of rumors circulating around the Internet and in print media that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Keberle was going to be shipped out by Leafs GM Brian Burke...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 1,170 reads 3 comments

  21. NHL Trade Deadline Day: Two Hours To Go, Which Teams Improved?

    Heading into Trade Deadline day, many prognosticators lamented that they felt the biggest deals had already happened. Of course, they were talking about the likes of goaltender J.S...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 379 reads 0 comments

  22. Sidney Crosby Isn't on the Move, but Other Trade Talk Picks Up as Deadline Nears

    With a little over 18 hours until the NHL trade deadline expires, there are a lot of names being bandied around as possible trade bait...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 148 reads 13 comments

  23. Reflecting on Canada's Gold Medal Victory: What Now?

    Heading into the 2010 Olympic tournament Canada’s hockey team was the prohibitive favorite to win the gold medal. As fate would have it, Canada fulfilled the “experts” predictions, capturing ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 1,592 reads 21 comments

  24. Ritter's Rant: NHL News and Notes, Ott and Stajan Re-Up, Cote On Waivers

    Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter   Just hours after Canada celebrated their gold medal victory over the United States, the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins pulled the trigger on the first trade since the Olympic break...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 54 reads 7 comments

  25. U-S- NAY! Canada Beats Team USA When It Counts for the Gold Medal

    Canada came into today’s game with a record of 10-3-3 against the United States. That said, none of that mattered today...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about almost 8 years ago 636 reads 101 comments