Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.
OTPP: Outdoor Games, Erik Karlsson Rumours, John Tortorella Blowups, World Juniors and More
The NHL’s attention is focused on Ottawa this week. The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators go outdoors to play in the NHL100 Classic. Have outdoor games jumped the shark? What is the experience like? And what should the NHL expect with two teams in the bottom six of the NHL standings.
Off-ice issues have taken over in Ottawa as well. Erik Karlsson rumours are running wild as the team asked for his no-trade list. Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci and Derek Brassard are also in rumours. What will happen in the nation’s capital?
The Adidas/Fanatics jersey deal is looked at, and Ben is not pleased. What has got him going this week?
The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 7-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, and coach John Tortorella was not pleased. He refused to answer media questions. The boys give their thoughts. It evolves into a discussion of the Blue Jackets chances of winning a cup. Are they a contender or pretender?
The boys also look ahead to the World Juniors. Should Nolan Patrick and Tyson Jost have been loaned to Team Canada. Is keeping struggling players in the NHL best for development? How does Canada look without them? Who will be the key players? Who is the toughest competition this year? And how do the boys feel about another outdoor game?
All that and more in today’s edition of On the Power Play.
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 21: Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) passes the puck during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 21, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)