1. Flyers/Blackhawks: Final Thoughts Leading into the Stanley Cup Finals

    It’s funny how things work out. Last summer there were a few teams that kept creeping into the experts Stanley Cup champion predictions—the Chicago Blackhawks and, to a lesser degree, the Philadelphia Flyers...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 457 reads 10 comments

  2. Five Key Players to a Flyers' Stanley Cup Victory

    The Philadelphia Flyers are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals, and nobody outside of a few thousand Flyers fans seems to think they can win...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,159 reads 2 comments

  3. Brian Boucher Practices: Should He Replace Michael Leighton?

    When the playoffs commenced, the Philadelphia Flyers looked to be in tough with Brian Boucher as their starter...

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  4. How the Philadelphia Flyers Stack Up Against Chicago Blackhawks

    The consensus pick in this years Stanley Cup Finals seems to be that the Chicago Blackhawks will make quick work of the Philadelphia Flyers, with many prognosticators predicting the Hawks will take the series in five or six games...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,211 reads 27 comments

  5. Tampa Bay Lightning Hire Steve Yzerman: Will It Hurt the Toronto Maple Leafs?

    Unless you are living under a rock you have probably heard that Detroit Red Wing legend Steve Yzerman has signed on as the Tampa Bay Lightning's general manager...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,043 reads 14 comments

  6. Is Chris Pronger Conn Smythe Worthy? Absolutely!

    It’s always very tough predicting the Conn Smythe Trophy winner before the Stanley Cup Finals are over, yet here I am, about to type out a very bold prediction...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 614 reads 15 comments

  7. Steve Yzerman Leaves Detroit Red Wings To Become GM of Tampa Bay Lightning

    Numerous media outlets are reporting that Steve Yzerman will be announced as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager at a 3:00 p.m. news conference this afternoon.Yzerman had been working with the Detroit Red Wings as an executive...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 686 reads 1 comments

  8. Ritter's Rant: News And Notes From Around The NHL

    Masked Men Shine It’s funny how things work out. Heading into this years addition of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the two teams with the biggest goaltending concerns were, in ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 189 reads 2 comments

  9. Philadelphia Flyers Getting It Done with Depth

    It’s been tough substituting the beaches of the Bahamas for the thrill of the NHL playoffs, but somehow I willed myself in front of a television for yesterday’s Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens game...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 459 reads 11 comments

  10. Despite Game Seven Loss To Flyers, “It's All Good" In Boston

    No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 447 reads 22 comments

  11. Do You Believe In Miracles? Flyers Best Bruins in Game 7

    Hockey experts often say the Stanley Cup Playoffs are a marathon, not a sprint. No team throughout these playoffs has taken that mentality to heart better than the Philadelphia Flyers...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 518 reads 9 comments

  12. Six Most Likely Players To Step Up in the Bruins/Flyers Game Seven

    Well, it’s just a few hours before the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins will go head-to-head in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 342 reads 2 comments

  13. Do the Philadelphia Flyers Already Have Their Goalie?

    When the 2009-10 season began, the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans had hoped free agent signee Ray Emery was their answer in between the pipes...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,139 reads 22 comments

  14. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Five Players That Need to Step It Up in Round Three

    Without the benefit of knowing how the Philadelphia Flyers/Boston Bruins series will end up, I am taking on the task of determining which players need to pick up their play if their teams are to be successful in the third round...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,131 reads 6 comments

  15. Will Sergei Gonchar Be Back with Pittsburgh Penguins Next Season?

    Last night’s complete domination of the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Montreal Canadiens has left many Penguin fans wondering just what went wrong? The loss to Montreal has many ...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,241 reads 13 comments

  16. Is Roberto Luongo Finished with the Vancouver Canucks?

    Taken by the New York Islanders with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Roberto Luongo was widely viewed by scouts and NHL general managers alike as a can’t-miss prospect, who many expected to be a franchise goaltender someday...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,088 reads 6 comments

  17. Detroit Red Wings: Will Jimmy Howard Avoid the Sophomore Curse?

    Over the past few seasons, several goaltenders have emerged as monster talents in their rookie year, only to see it all fall apart in their sophomore season. In 2007-08, Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis posted a 23-10-3 record with a 2...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 643 reads 4 comments

  18. NHL Playoffs: Flyers Win Game Five, Lose Goaltender Brian Boucher

    Heading into their second round series against the Boston Bruins the Philadelphia Flyers were, for the most part, written off due to their long injured list, which was substantial...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 1,031 reads 12 comments

  19. Is the NHL in Danger of Becoming Caught in a “Trap” Again?

    Just five years ago, nearly every NHL team had adopted some form of “the trap,” a 1-2-2 forechecking system, to better compete in the NHL. The idea was to shut down opposing offenses by clogging up the neutral zone...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 182 reads 7 comments

  20. Ritter's Rant: NHL Playoff News And Notes

    It’s Time to Shout "Boo", Not "Lou"The Vancouver Canucks won game one of their round two series against the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 5-1. For the Canucks, it was the perfect start to the series, for the Blackhawks, a wake up call...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 208 reads 2 comments

  21. NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers Mauled By Boston Bruins, Down 3-0 in Series

    A sad reality is slowly creeping into the minds of Flyers fans from coast-to-coast—their Stanley Cup dreams are over, at least for this season...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 344 reads 7 comments

  22. 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 year's playoffs, many of whom were not expected to do so...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 2,025 reads 15 comments

  23. NHL 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Top Five Candidates for MVP Thus Far

    Admittedly, writing an article on the NHL Playoff MVP is a tad premature. That said, given all the quality showings thus far leads me to believe that for the first time in a long while there will be plenty of competition for the coveted Conn Smythe Award.

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 221 reads 16 comments

  24. Jaromir Jagr To Stay with KHL Next Season: Does Anybody Care?

    "The Cult of Hockey" Blog at the Edmonton Journal is reporting that Jaromir Jagr will remain in Russia with the Kontinental Hockey League next season as he is said to have signed a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 607 reads 17 comments

  25. Bruins Best Flyers in Game Two: Is Philadelphia Burnt Out?

    Heading into their round two series against the Boston Bruins, there were plenty of questions surrounding the Philadelphia Flyers...

    Mark Ritter Written by Mark Ritter about 5 years ago 527 reads 13 comments