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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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Yaaaa Florida…

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

Michael Grabner has been claimed by the New York Islanders.

I was pretty surprised hearing over the weekend that Florida had waived prospect Michael Grabner; this was a former 1st round pick who has a lot of skill and while he definitely didn`t meet expectations in training camp, he is a former 1st round pick who has a lot of skill!! I know the Panthers got a first round pick along with Grabner in the Ballard trade, but don`t you think they would do their research before acquiring Grabner. Now they have lost a former 14th overall pick for nothing to a team that they will fight it out for bottom in the NHL with.

Grabner to Long Island is very intriguing because the recent injury to Kyle Okposo leaves a pretty big spot in their top six on the right side. If Grabner could find some chemistry with John Tavares early, it could be a huge breakout year for him.

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More Proof: Sutter Sucks

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

As if it wasn’t certain that Darryl Sutter’s time should be up in Calgary, Eric Duhatschek makes a great point about his recent decisionsĀ on Twitter.

If Sutter had just kept Jokinen and his expiring contract, it would have saved the $4 million over 4 years to make Kotalik go away

Kotalik was part of the deal that got rid of the stain named Olli Jokinen in Calgary. However, with Kotalik came his $3 million deal for the next two seasons. Jokinen is now an unrestricted free agent, so the Rangers are free of his contract. Kotalik’s best season came right after the lockout on the President’s Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres (25 g, 37 a). His other seasons (since 2002-03) have seen him with totals of 35, 26, 28, 43, 43 and 27 in his last year split between New York and Calgary.

Did Sutter really have to burden the Flames just to get rid of burden that he had already put on them a season before? He only played 45 games with the Rangers!! Why would a team give up on a player so easily if he had anything left in the tank?

Poor Jarome….