NHL and Olympic Hockey Notes: Ritter’s Rants

February 13th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf appears to be on the mend. Question is, will he be  at the level he needs to be to participate in the Olympics? There is no margin for error here; Steve Yzerman can ill afford to take any risks with his roster. With that in mind, Getzlaf should be left off of Canada’s final list with Philadelphia Flyers Jeff Carter—who has four goals in his past three games, taking Getzlaf’s roster spot.

In the end, selecting Carter is the right thing to do.

With just 21 games remaining, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of work to do just to get out of the bottom five in the standings. Through 61 games the Leafs have accumulated just 49 points, good enough for 29th overall.

The Columbus Blue Jackets currently own the “coveted” 25th spot in the standings, sitting a staggering 10 points ahead of the Leafs with 59. The Blue Jackets sport a 6-4 record in their past 10 games, while the Leafs have gone a disappointing 2-6-2.

Realistically, the Leafs looked to be doomed to a bottom-five finish. If the Blue Jackets play .500 hockey the rest of the way, they will finish with 79 points. To put things i ...

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