Joining Andrew Walker and Dan Riccio, the author of 31 Thoughts Elliotte Friedman is watching the Calder contenders and his forerunner has cycled from Clayton Keller, then Brock Boeser and now the guy is Mathew Barzal but the debate is far from settled. "I still say this -- McAvoy is going to be the interesting one." He may not have the same numbers, but he's a rookie defenceman in the conversation. He describes how a smart GM "tampers" as a form of due diligence, what Canucks fans have to care about, and George Parros getting "thrown a grenade."
The Sportsnet NHL analyst and columnist behind 31 Thoughts joins Andrew Walker and Dan Riccio on The Program to say Brock Boeser gets ample national attention and Thomas Vanek may have buyers who will make themselves known. He weigh the market and comments on the trade value of Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Evander Kane and more.
Howard Beck with the Bleacher Report joins Dan Riccio and Dave Sheldon to talk about his article on Becky Bonner, who, he speculates, could become the first female GM in pro sports. "Until five years ago," he says, "you would have found no women at all" working in executive roles in the league. There is simply more outside-the-box thinking and that bodes well for all forward movement. Scrutiny is "way in excess" of the average man in the same job, he adds. That's a given.