Jan. 12, 2023

‘Only With The Whale’ Former Hartford Whaler, & Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis


Is it any wonder that Ron Francis’ on-ice success is translating to the front office?? The Hockey Hall of Famer spoke on what’s changed for the surging Seattle Kraken this year, pleasant surprise of first-ever Kraken draft pick Matty Beniers, team success playing a role in the Shane Wright decision, and reflected on  the process of bringing Seattle’s hockey team to fruition. Plus, Ron and former Hartford teammate Ray Ferraro recounted stories of playing for ‘The Whale’.

Headlines kicks off with the ‘load management’ question and whether resting stars like Auston Matthews or Mitch Marner is acceptable given the physical toll of an 82-game season. Ahead of calling the Wings/Leafs game for ESPN, Ray looks at the Detroit Red Wings roster and their struggles at the centre position. The guys discuss Dylan Larkin’s contract situation and why the gap between Larkin and Wings management might see Larkin on a new team next year. Factors affecting Cale Makar’s point drop-off, and John Gibson’s future with the fledgling Anaheim Ducks round out a PACKED segment.  

Betano’s Kris Abbott took a flier on the Leafs, and it PAID off! Kris spoke on Matt Murray’s Hasek-like maneuver, and the hesitancy to bet on Toronto. Super Bowl favourites are looked at as sporting books favour the AFC, and powerhouse Bills and Chiefs teams. The game of the week is Bucs/Cowboys as the pod is split on whether 45-year-old Tom Brady has more playoff magic in him.

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