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As the NHL season winds down, one would think there would be fewer topics to fill an hour show, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Cassie and I managed to fill an hour live, plus 27 bonus podcast minutes (podcast is above), talking about the following topics:
1. Rangers/Canadiens series
a. Dustin Tokarski's
b. Derek Stepan's quick return to the ice, mere days after having his jaw broken by Brandon Prust (and being a productive, scoring machine!)
c. Projected ticket prices for SCF games at Madison Square Garden (thanks to Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy for writing about this topic. We used your story as the jumping off point of this topic. Some fans may feel like jumping off the GWB when they see how much they may have to shell out for just one seat)
2. Kings/Blackhawks series
a. It's gettin' crazy up in here!
b. Game 7 tomorrow night in Chicago... who will prevail. Cassie shares some interesting thoughts about this.
(Photo: NHL/Getty Images)
(Photo: NHL/Getty Images)
(Dustin Tokarski/Montreal Canadiens - Photo: NHL/Getty Images)
NHL Trade Rumors:
1. San Jose Sharks - namely, Joe Thornton. What's going on? Will the organization part ways with its longtime team captain? (99% speculation and conjecture. And I probably insulted every athlete over the age of 30).
2. Montreal Canadiens - namely, Dustin Tokarski. With the kind of performance we just saw from him in the series against the Rangers, does he remain a backup? Cassie and I both believe he would be wasted in a backup role. What do YOU think?
See: NHL Playoffs, 1.b. - Derek Stepan
(I ranted for a few minutes about how players are putting their long-term health at risk by returning to the ice way too soon after suffering an injury. I understand it's the playoffs, but the mom in me is rearing her ugly head here.)
(Derek Stepan in full face mask to protect broken jaw - Photo: NHL/Getty Images)
NHL to Seattle, by way of the NBA:
1. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plunks down $2 Billion (with a "B") to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. The sale is contingent upon approval from the NBA Board of Governors, owners, and whoever else has a stake in this. I have opinions about this, but I'm not gonna rant here. Just listen to the podcast.
a. What does Ballmer's move mean for the Chris Hansen arena group? Chris isn't worried. Read more from his website by clicking here. BTW, if you've ever dreamed of owning a pro sports team and have a lot of coin in the bank, he's looking for a few good investors with clout.
b. The newest (and by far, the WORST) suggestion for a Seattle NHL team name. Cassie posted it on her Facebook page and as soon as I saw it, I threw up a little in my mouth. Two guys decided to create a mock-up of uniforms bearing the name: Seattle Sea Lions. If an NHL team comes to Seattle and they do decide to name it that, I'm not sure I can support the team. There's NO WAY you'll get me to yell, "GO, SEA LIONS" in any form or fashion.
Seattle Sea Lions unis - in one word: NO. (Artwork: Matthew McElroy & Dylan Alexander)
TJ Oshie's annual celebrity golf tournament to benefit Seattle Junior Hockey.
When: Friday, July 11, Noon
Where: Mill Creek Golf & Country Club
The St. Louis Blues star has never forgotten where he started playing the great game and does what he can to give back to the program that's still giving so many youngsters their first foray into hockey. Click here for more info about the event, and to register. Lots of surprise guests, auction items, prizes and the golf course is gorgeous.
Follow TJ on Twitter: @OSH74
We also talked about a few people on the show, mostly in "shout out" fashion, because we admire or downright LOVE them for various reasons. I may not have gotten all of them down here, so you'll have to listen to the show to check. If you find your name below, consider it a hug or fist-bump from us, depending upon how well we know you (and you know us). The list is in no particular order, mostly because I can't remember the order in which we discussed them:
Lyle Richardson (@SpectorsHockey on Twitter): We love Lyle for more reasons than we can name here. He's an incredible and well-respected hockey mind, yet he still chooses to join us regularly on our show. He's got a great wit and an even greater passion for the sport. He's our defacto "Third Host" of the show, and his website is well worth bookmarking: www.spectorshockey.net. Do it now. I'll wait.
Ray Marcham (@rmarcham on Twitter): Ray is one of the foremost hockey minds here in Washington State. He has so much historic information stored in his brain, he could write at least 6 books about the history of hockey in the Pacific Northwest and still have enough info left over for 6 more. Get writing, Ray! Share that knowledge with the rest of us!
Mike McKenna: goaltender for the Springfield Falcons, the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate. Cassie brought him up on the show today, lauding him for his insightful live game tweets during the NHL playoffs. He provides a goalie perspective, as well as overall player insight, and also shares little tidbits and "fun facts," including one about Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford teaching him all the good French-Canadian swear words. ("And he's not even French!").
You have two ways to follow Mike:
1. His personal account: @MikeMcKenna56
2. His live game tweet account: @McKennaInGame
Justine aka "Juice in LA," the founder of our show. Listen to the podcast to learn more about her, and follow her on Twitter: @alajuice. She'll like you even more if you're a Red Wings fan.
If you'd like to connect with Cassie and me, here's how to do it:
Facebook: CCPT Hockey Show
Cassie Twitter: @dagmar27
Su Twitter: @Motley_Su