The RFA’s are starting to sign, led by Mitch Marner in Toronto. But…$40m+ on 4 players…is it a smart move?! The Bolts are back without Brayden Point while the team attempts to move past the Playoffs Collapse last season. Jack Hughes has already impressed, with 2 goals in his first game! Bryan is uncomfortable by him though.
Enjoy the full episode of our on-air show from 9/10/19.
(12:16) Kevin Lohan is returning to the Orlando Solar Bears for the 19/20 season, and he returns to our show to check in on his offseason preparation, how he recovered from last season’s tough exit in the playoffs and what he believes is the reason the team has such a large number of returning players!
Nick’s Rink Report, the RFA dominoes start to fall and Prospect Tournament highlights!
It’s an all-over 50th episode, as we continue to find things to talk about besides the unsigned RFA’s. Is Pierre done on National Broadcasts? Bryan thinks we’re going to see MORE of him this year! Walt discloses his Patrick Kane/Jonathan Towes dreams in Chicago, while Nick exposes the REAL reason Claude Giroux’s Flyers Sweater is one of the best selling sweaters of the year.
Cody Donaghey and Clint Windsor from the Solar Bears were invited to the Lightning’s Prospect Tournament roster, joining several players who were in Orlando last season.
We’re getting closer to Training Camp for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Eugene Helfrick covers the Bolts for TheHockeyWriters.com and helps us figure out what to expect from Nikita Kucherov next season, and what Brayden Point’s contract should really be worth. Along those lines, we talk about the still unsigned RFA’s and which ones should expect the biggest payday.
The Solar Bears unveiled their new uniform set, and a classic color has been removed from the color set. Why? Listen for some insight!
Mike Monfredo, Chris LeBlanc and Cody Donaghey from the Orlando Solar Bears were in town to unveil the new uniform set for the 2019-20 season, and stopped in for the full hour this week! We talk about the abrupt end to last season, the excitement of the returning group of players and the key points of focus for next season.
Childhood favorite teams, music preferences and Nick has to know what Mike Monfredo eats for breakfast.
The RFA’s are finally starting to speak what they’re looking for publicly, but is what they’re looking for really that crazy? Learn about the Roberto Luongo Recapture Penalty that plagues the Vancouver Canucks Salary Cap situation. Nick loves the trees. Bacon loves the pushups.
And finally…Derick Brassard is a robot. He must be. See if you agree.
Jackson Playfair will return to the Orlando Solar Bears for the 2019-20 season, as core of the group continues to solidify. Jackson shares his reasons for returning to the Bears and his experience upon arriving in Orlando after his full season in University. We talk about Jackson’s dad, Jim Playfair, who has just joined the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching staff, and his excitement for the Solar Bears new Assistant Coach, Jared Staal.
And Froot Loops. And Vegan foods. And Hockey Pajamas. It was a 31 minute interview!
Have we talked about the RFA’s in the NHL all summer long? Yes, too much, probably.
However, the fact remains: Brayden Point, Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine and Mikko Rantanen are only a few of several without contract, just weeks out of Training Camp. Are these guys worth the money they want? Where does the skill tier break up amongst these players?
Another core player is returning to the Solar Bears this season, and (we’ll attempt) the fan-favorite “Nick’s Rink Report”.
Orlando Solar Bears Head Coach Drake Berehowsky called in to the On-Air version of Hockey Now, Tuesday Nights @ 6p on 96.9 The Game! Coach gave his thoughts about the process to keep the core of his team in tact from last season, as well as where the team can improve for this year with the new player additions. Berehowsky shares comments on new Assistant Coach Jared Staal, and the influence someone like Staal, with a Family Legacy in Hockey, can bring to the organization.
Dylan Larkin might be the first Captain in Stevie Y’s new Red Wings, but is he deserving to be in a class of DRW Captains at this point of his career? Young Nick Wiz has been desperately wanting to have an intro for his weekly Rink Report, so Bryan brought in 5 produced intro’s for Nick to try. Also, Hockey Snack routines and NEW Solar Bears Jerseys!
It’s a “Totally Summer” Episode of Hockey Now!