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 at the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.
This week we introduce a special guest co-host, Ariel Melendez, Managing Editor at Last Word on Hockey.
William Nylander Contract Stalemate
The show starts with a deep dive into the Nylander contract. What is the hold up in getting the NHL’s last restricted free agent signed? What is the solution for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Does a bridge deal make sense? Will Kyle Dubas trade the star winger? What is he worth and who are his comparables?
Staying in Toronto, we look into the recent media coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs. How good is Auston Matthews? What about Morgan Rielly? Are these players being overrated with comparisons to Connor McDavid and Nicklas Lidstrom circulating in the media?
The hottest start in the NHL is going under the radar. Don’t look now, but the Nashville Predators are 7-1-0 to start the season. What is going right in Nashville, and do last year’s President’s Trophy Winners have what it takes to take the next step and win the Stanley Cup. Pekka Rinne is now injured, what does this mean for Juuse Saros and can it be a good thing for Nashville?
Around the league, goaltenders are comparing about streamlined equipment and the new chest protectors. Are goalies at risk with the new equipment? Is the increased scoring worth it? How far is too far for the NHL?
The Gritty Phenomena
The Philadelphia Flyers have one of the NHL’s biggest off-ice success stories with their new mascot, Gritty. Why is he such a hit? Was it planned this way or just a happy accident? Why does this story have the staying power to keep us talking about it three months into the year.
Hallowe’en and Hockey
We look at our favourite Hallowe’en costumes so far this season. Connor McDavid as Homer Simpson, the Dallas Stars top line and the MarioKart inspired costumes, Matt Duchene and wife with a creative take on announcing her pregnancy, Fortnite, and more in this segment. We also discuss what makes hockey players go all out for this special day?
All this and more, as we go on the power play.
Main Photo: TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 9: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the St. Louis Blues during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blues defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)