Episode 2.41

Featuring Bob McKenzie & Brendan Smith

The NHL’s off season is in full swing now but as most things are starting to slow down, we at AFITC are only picking up more steam. Episode 2.41 of the program looks back at the NHL Awards from this past Thursday at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto and tees up the 2007 NHL Entry Draft six days from today at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

In the Redline Report, we begin with news regarding Mats Sundin’s contract situation. From there, we move onto the NHL Awards and discuss the winners of each individual trophy. The Hamilton Predators appear to be a hot sell and we touch on the wild success of ticket sales for the potential team west of Toronto. The Quick Hits portion of the Redline Report involves news bits regarding George Parros, Randy Carlyle, Chris Chelios, Lindy Ruff, Darcy Regier, Bryan Allen, Chris Gratton, Chris Higgins, Mike Komisarek and Dave Lewis.

To wrap up the Redline Report, NHL on TSN Insider Bob McKenzie joins us on the program to discuss the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, the NHL Awards, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the off season game plan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On The Bubble features more great listener email and a Troubling Fact of the Week. Concluding this segment of the show is Brendan Smith of the St. Michael’s Buzzers, ranked 68th overall by NHL Central Scouting for this year’s draft. He stops by to discuss his expectations heading toward the draft, his off season schedule and his plans going forward over the next few years.

Rigamarole will conclude the show with a look at why Roberto Luongo walked away empty handed at the NHL Awards.

Tremendous thanks to Bob McKenzie for joining us on this week show! The knowledge, expertise and credibility he provides our show with simply cannot be valued. We cannot thank him enough!

Also, we thank Brendan Smith for joining us on today’s program. For a young guy, he was an outstanding interview and is clearly on the right track to accomplish some pretty special things. Best of luck Brendan at the NHL Entry Draft next Saturday!

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