June 27 2011 12:48AM
Some problems on the Team 1260 end this week held up the file transfers to Nation Command this week. So gnash your teeth all you like, it isn't your ol' pal Wanye's fault that this didn't go live sooner. So here is what we have which includes the full podcast but there is no segment 7 for now.
Stay tuned for next week when Wanye makes a mistake preventing the NationRadio files from being uploaded sooner.
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Pension Plan Puppets
June 25 2011 11:06AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs spent the first day of the draft on a couple of solid if unspectacular draft picks. They did make a move to grab a player that they coveted in the bruising Tyler Biggs in the 22nd slot from the US National Team Development Program. The Leafs moved the 30th (from Boston) and 39th (their own) seleciton to Anaheim for the right to pick Biggs. Reports suggest that either Pittsbugh or Detroit were intent on selecting Biggs and Detroit's trade out of the first round immediately following the selection lends some anecdotal credence to the theory. Biggs' comparables during the draft telecast - for what it's worth it would be interesting to see how these compare a few years down the line - were Colby Armstrong and Milan Lucic. The former is kind of depressing but the latter is positively mouth watering. While the Leafs have certainly made strides in getting tougher to play against
They then used the pick they received from Philadelphia in the Kris Versteeg trade to draft defenceman Stuart Percy from the Mississauga St. Mike's Majors of the OHL. Percy is a lifelong Leafs fan that grew up in Oakville and played all of his minor hockey in the GTA. He sports the number five because he wants to model his game after Nik Lidstrom's. He was a player that many saw as possibly being chosen with the Leafs' 30th overall pick but the Leafs were higher on him after a strong playoff run.
Below is audio captured by Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey Blog and after the jump are videos of the two newest Maple Leafs.
June 24 2011 02:17PM
From a stand-alone perspective, trading Jeff Carter to Columbus is not a bad trade for the Philadelphia Flyers. Everything that happened afterwards is chaotic, as Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren laid his team's foundation and future through 2012 on a roulette table.
Where the Jeff Carter trade baffles me is that it meant more than a long contract for salary cap relief, a young roster player (Jakub Voracek) and a couple of picks, one of them #8 in a pretty decent draft. Philadelphia used all the long-term money they save on a piece that they may not have needed. An oft-repeated cliché is that the Flyers were just a goalie away from the Stanley Cup. They haven't won one since Bernie Parent.
June 23 2011 10:03AM
I know the hockey world is swamped with mock drafts and top-30 lists at the moment, but I thought I’d add one more – mine. This is not a mock draft; rather, this is how I rank the players I feel are the top-30 prospects for tomorrow’s draft.
June 22 2011 09:02AM
There are a number of cash-poor NHL teams that are likely scrambling to meet the $48M floor, most notably Florida who have to sign 11 players and spend at least $29.7M dollars to do it. Phoenix, Dallas and the NY Islanders are in similar positions albeit with more players signed.
Just because they're cap rich doesn't make Florida in a rush to acquire garbage like Wade Redden, Chris Drury, or Mike Komisarek, those guys actually need to be paid a lot of money. Instead look for these teams to exploit a CBA loophole for this coming season.