Hello everyone! Episode 20 was recorded on
July January 23rd, and what an exciting day it was! While Winnipeg's winning streak had returned the Jets to a playoff seed, Kevin Cheveldayoff simultaneously erupted in a flurry of activity, not only trading for both Jonathan Drouin and Brandon Pirri but also coming to terms on a 5 year, $7 million AAV extension with Dustin Byfuglien.
None of those things happened. The Winnipeg Jets were then eight points out of a playoff spot, just as they are now. Alan joked about Chevy phoning GM Steve Yzerman by accident, before allowing me to rant about Brandon Pirri. We should still trade Chris Thorburn and a 2nd for this younger, better Drew Stafford!
After discussion of the team's injury woes and drafting Matthew Tkachuk 5th overall, we were joined by Chad Schnarr of BoltProspects.com. The Jonathan Drouin Podcast ensued, with Chad explaining what type of player Drouin is, whether he can still reach the lofty heights originally projected and the situation's impact on that other headache for Stevey Y, Steven Stamkos. We also touched upon acceptable returns for Stamkos, Tampa Bay's goaltending in 2017-18, excitement over Mitchell Stephens, whether head coach Jon Cooper is a problem and more!
We then pivoted to that current bastion of unhappiness, the Montreal Canadiens, with Andrew Berkshire of Sportlogiq, the Ice Level Podcast and about a dozen other hats as our guide. Our laundry list included Carey Price as an insufficient defensive system, going from Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin to Dale Weise and Devante Smith-Pelly, and what Montreal should do at the trade deadline with consideration for their aging core. We also explored the relationship Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien share, while comparing Michael McCarron to Brian Boyle and hearing of Montreal's interest in Jonathan Drouin (despite the Allan Walsh wrinkle).
Last and probably least, be sure to listen to our epilogue of sadness, recorded after the Winnipeg Jets fell 3-1 to Lee Stempniak's New Jersey Devils!
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