Haim, Wimbledon, baseball and everything but hockey. The Original Trio explore many facets of the extensions that have been signed by players over the last couple of weeks including Carey Price, Connor McDavid and Martin Jones, as well as breakdown the Arizona Coyotes hiring of Rick Tocchet as head coach.
Entering the fifth day of free agency in the 2017 offseason, The Original Trio pick winners and losers of free agency, trades made since July 1st and predict the 2017-2018 season standings for all 31 NHL teams. Also, Connor McDavid signed his 8-year, $12.5 million AAV extension with the Edmonton Oilers after we finished recording.
The Original Trio recap the Expansion Draft, Entry Draft and previous week in NHL news, as well as preview this year’s free agency scene. Colby rants about Montreal’s defense. Jimmy Hayes was bought out after we finished recording. The Oilers are about to pay way too much money (and they aren’t even signing a free agent to do so).
The Original Trio address a variety of topics from the last week around the NHL, including the Jonathan Drouin trade, the Mike Smith trade, the Nathan Beaulieu trade, Marian Hossa‘s skin disorder, awards, new adidas jerseys, Vegas and more. Also discussed, Brass Bonanza and the amazing article The Hockey Writer’s Jeff Yerger wrote on Wednesday. This week’s episode contains part of “Tequila” from the album Color in Music 1 by Jacques Ysaye and His Orchestra.
The NHL’s annual awards ceremony is in a week, so to help kick off all of the excitement surrounding the primetime event in Las Vegas, I present to you our annual in-house awards. These things will never gather dust as they don’t even exist to begin with, so nobody has to worry about clogging up shelf space for Down the Frozen River participation trophies.
We weren’t able to afford Joe Manganiello’s hosting services, but if you’re a fan of said actor, don’t fret, because he is hosting this year’s NHL Awards Ceremony on NBCSN next Wednesday (June 21st) at 8 p.m. ET.
Simply Existed Award— presented by me to all of our members for simply existing– Frank Fanelli, Jordan Dettrow, Connor Keith and Colby Kephart
All of these people helped make Down the Frozen River exist over the past season.
Hot Air Award– presented by me to our crew member with the most bold predictions and hot takes this season on the Down the Frozen River Podcast— Colby Kephart
Colby became the two-time defending recipient of this award for having gone on many rants over the course of the third season of the Down the Frozen River Podcast.
Content-King Award— presented by me to our crew member with the most content/best quality content on a consistent basis this season– Connor Keith
For the second year in a row, Connor provided the best content on the site with his continued Game of the Day column. Connor also wrote some great stuff on panthers.com this season for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, if you’re interested.
The “Technically Can’t Give Yourself an Award” Award— presented by me to myself so I can feel included too– Nick Lanciani
While I wasn’t always able to provide the most coverage, I managed to stick to a (mostly) routine schedule of hosting the Down the Frozen River Podcast, write a few good things here and there and spent a good portion of the season at TD Garden. Pending career opportunities, I may or may not produce more thoughts on the blog in the near future.
Thanks to everyone– yes, that includes you, the reader– who made the 2016-2017 NHL season the best one yet! Be sure to tune in to our offseason content and keep in touch for all of our latest news, notes and potential career moves.
The Original Trio wraps up this year’s Stanley Cup Final takes and final thoughts. Colby, Connor and Nick make their Vegas Golden Knights predictions known with the official Down the Frozen River mock 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Also, Florida hired a new head coach and Colby ranted about Sidney Crosby.
The Original Trio discusses the ongoing Stanley Cup Final and all of Smashville’s boisterous madness. Additionally discussed, delay of game penalties, Pekka Rinne, Matthew Murray, Marc-Andre Fleury, the latest shockwave out of Seattle and the upcoming Expansion Draft procedure for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Colby makes his return to the podcast for the first time since… Anyway, Nick and Colby discuss the ongoing 2017 Eastern and Western Conference Finals matchups between Pittsburgh and Ottawa, as well as Anaheim and Nashville. Nick makes several plugs for brands that should sponsor the podcast and invites Ilya Bryzgalov to join the show for an episode. Also discussed, Buffalo stuff and why Dallas shouldn’t trade the 3rd overall pick.
By now I’m sure most of you are aware that everyone’s life has become too busy to keep Down the Frozen River going.
Colby’s gone on to do things in minor league baseball with the Charlotte Knights,
Connor’s doin’ work from his couch after wrapping up a season with the Carolina Panthers as a contributor for panthers.com,
Frank’s got a gig with Student Union Sports,
Jordan’s been teaching it up in Ohio,
and I’ve had the most incredible time of my life creating this blog and making things happen for you, the reader, the listener and my favorite audience.
Our full-time operations are coming to an end, but we may still produce some content around here from time to time. As of now, we plan to bring you some playoff content, but not nearly as in depth as in years past.
Thank you for your support over the last few years. We had an incredible run.
Play us out, Fenway Park organist, Josh Kantor! Thank you all.
by Colby Kephart
It’s a takeover, with Connor Keith out of town the DTFR Game of the Day will be covered by the one and only Colby Kephart and boy are you all in for a huge let down if you usually read the Game of the Day.
So now that you all know this isn’t going to end well let’s get started. There are ten games on the schedule for tonight and there are some good ones highlighted by Columbus Blue Jackets vs Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals.
However, the game I have selected is the New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens at 7pm. The Rangers enter the night with a 41-21-2 record and are coming off a win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
The Canadiens enter with an 36-21-8 record and are coming off a late game winner from Paul Byron on Thursday night vs the Predators.
Henrik Lundqvist had a tremendous night against the Bruins, only allowing one goal and having made a bunch of great saves. Lundqvist has a .913 save percentage and a 2.63 goals against average entering Saturday. He struggled in the month of February but his play has been great early in March.
This goalie battle is both ways as Canadiens goalie Carey Price is not scrub either. Price has struggled in the month of January and has since bounced back.
Like Lundqvist, he also only allowed one goal in an emotional night against former teammate P.K Subban. Entering today’s matchup against New York, Price has a .921 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average.
Some key players to watch tonight for the Rangers would be Rick Nash– who has 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points in 52 games– and Kevin Hayes. The better Hayes has 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 points in 59 games.
For the Canadiens, look no further than their captain Max Pacioretty who has 31 goals and 25 assists for 56 points in 65 games played. Pacioretty has had help from offseason addition Alexander Radulov. Radulov has 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points in 63 games this season.
A good ole fashion goalie battle should bring a close game. In my first ever Game of the Day, I’m going with the New York Rangers thanks to a big performance by Lundqvist.