Dec. 8, 2022

Buffalo Sabres SNIPER, Tage ‘5 Goal’ Thompson + Former NHL GM Dave Nonis


Fresh-off becoming the 2nd fastest player in NHL history to score 4 goals, Tage Thompson joins the pod! Thompson recounted a memorable 6-point night and the reaction from teammates as he went for a double-hat-trick. Tage discussed becoming one of the league's stars, adjusting the speed of his lethal shot, and approaching each day as a tryout. He also reflected on his journey to this point: choosing a lesser-known hockey school at UConn, being part of the Ryan O’Reilly trade as a young player, and mutual admiration with friend/fellow Arizonan, Auston Matthews. 

Episode 22 features 2 guests! Former Leafs/Canucks GM Dave Nonis makes his bi-monthly appearance on the pod. Nonis talked the St.Louis Blues having no regrets in trading away Tage Thompson, the balance an NHL GM must strike in retaining draft-picks, why it’s now a ‘trade deadline league’, and the miracle it would take for a Erik Karlsson to join Connor McDavid in Edmonton. Plus, Mitch Marner’s torrid pace, and the Maple Leafs front office identifying Marner as a target from early in his 2015 draft-year.

Headlines covers the Colorado injury bug and the need for strong goaltending to keep the Avs on course, a Norris-worthy resurgence for Erik Karlsson and the possibility of the San Jose Sharks moving his contract, and has Columbus Blue Jackets management already shifted their main focus to the 2023 NHL Draft?? 

Betano’s Kris Abbott adjusts to a bright-and-early recording time as he joins from the Westcoast. He talks the dip in website traffic on World Cup off-days, and marquee soccer countries in the quarterfinals attracting casual viewers and bettors. Plus, BIG money in baseball and how these off-season moves effect MLB odds, and why short-term NHL injuries won’t make for much change on futures. Ray’s back to teasing as the pod makes their NFL picks for the weekend, zeroing in on the Bills/Jets game. 

Another jam-packed pod wraps up with Ray & Dregs shooting the breeze with stories of getting lost on golf trips, in Dregs’ case with a very lucky result!

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