Five for Friday – From Bob McKenzie to Pappy Lacroix

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Five for Friday -  the curated list of hockey links to help you put an end to the last day of the week. Nothing too serious... just some hockey links for the hockey fan in you.
  1. The TSN Bobcast with Bob McKenzie While slow moving at times, The Bobcast podcast with Bob McKenzie,  is filled with cool stories and Bob McKenzie’s dry wit. When he’s not talking about wine, checking your testicles or his children, he does manage to get to some hockey news. Personally, I love all of the content. In particular, this episode Bob talks about players who were “snubbed” from the NHL’s Top 100 list. It’s a great listen and the entire podcast is worth subscribing to.
  2. Pappy Lacroix, poised for a comeback: First, I’d love it, if Pierre where to go on record saying “Don’t call it a comeback”, but I’m not holding my breath on that. According to Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report, the architect of Avs past is healthy and hungry for more NHL hockey. Pierre Lacroix was hit with some health issues that ended his run as GM of the Avs, right about the time the NHL salary cap hit the league (great timing if you’re going to get sick), but after some time away from the game Paps-Lac is ready for a comeback. The real story here is that for Paps to become the GM of the Avs again, Sakic would have to be demoted or just fired. Interesting times for the Avs right now.
  3. TSN Hockey Mid-season Draft Ranking: For those excited about the upcoming draft for the Colorado Avalanche, it’s worth having a quick browse of the TSN draft rankings as we hit the mid-season mark. While Nolan Patrick AKA N-Pat is still the #1 pick on everybody’s lists, a few prospects are starting to increase their value and provide a bit of hope for the NHL teams with 2-31 picks in the first round of the 2017 draft.
  4. The Iggy era nears and end: My money is on Iggy going to Toronto by March 1st to help a Toronto team who is doing better than anyone really thought they would. While this article makes the case pretty well, I’d add that Sakic would lean towards a team like this with, a star player like Matthews, if he can’t get Iggy on a true cup contender, which I think he can’t. Most of the true contenders are strapped for cash and won’t be able to take on his large contract, even if the Avs retain some of it. For the Leafs, I think they need a guy like Iggy to come in and show the youngsters what leadership is and how one of the classiest, yet authentic players conducts himself in all situations.
  5. Team Guinness: The Beer League Documentary: The most boring beer-league hockey documentary you’ve even seen. I have no idea how these guys got Guinness to spend the time and money on this project. But, you have to salute them for pulling it off. I managed jerseys and sticks for my team a few times, but never my own reality show.

Five for Friday - From Bob McKenzie to Pappy Lacroix

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