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Ritola Claimed by Lightning

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Mattias Ritola was a long term experiment for the Red Wings that just didn`t turn out as expected. He was mediocre at best during the preseason, and has never impressed in any of his three seasons in Grand Rapids.

The reason I`m mentioning his claim by the Lightning is because as mentioned in my Southeast Division Breakout Candidate article, the Lightning are extremely thin in their bottom six. Another promising note for Ritola is that obviously Steve Yzerman would be the most knowledgeable person on him as a player outside of the Wings`current organization. For Yzerman to claim him means that he sees some potential. Hopefully he is given a chance before being sent down to Norfolk.

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Traverse City Prospect Tourney Update

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Ahhh, this is where it all began; the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. Since the Red Wings started this yearly tournament up in 1998, there has since been one set up in Penticton (with Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose and Anaheim) and in Toronto (with the Leafs, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Ottawa). These mini tournaments give teams the chance to take a closer look at their system of prospects before the main training camp opens up next week.

In Traverse City this year are Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, NYR, Dallas, Carolina and Columbus. Games started last Saturday with each team playing three games before advancing to mini playoffs. The tournament concludes today with games at 2pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 6pm, with the 2-0-1 Wings facing off against the 3-0 Wild in the finals.

Here are some notes from the tournament thus far:

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Yzerman Moves On to TBay

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by davepoleck

Check out my new article on Stevie Y heading to Tampa Bay to take over the GM role:

http://thehockeywriters.com/yzerman-moving-on-to-tampa-bay/

Live Blogging on a Saturday

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by davepoleck

Well, I’m sick so I feel like just doing a live blog while I stay in and hockey. Here we go: Continue reading