Protected lists are in and in just over 24 hours George McPhee will have his roster selected. We get together to share the teams we'd select given the players Vegas has to choose from. We both considered the deals that have been reported (minus the recent Newsday report) in an attempt to follow as close to what McPhee will be. We also break down the weekend's trades and share a couple of interestng trades in Won the Deal.
With just days until expansion proceedings begin, Jason Botterill has a number of items on his to-do list including finding a new head coach and exploring a number of trade options. This includes rumblings of Robin Lehner and Evander Kane being shopped by the new GM. We discuss what options lay in front of Botterill along with a host of additional news items from around the league as Vegas gets ready to kick off the offseason.
Chris and Tyler drop the first episode of season six as the Sabres inked Jonas Johansson, have hit the 24-hour mark on getting Giorgio Estephan signed and Cal Petersen declared pro. Meanwhile we circle around the newest rumors regarding Vegas and the expansion draft and how the defenseman market has shifted in the past two weeks.
We wrap season five of The Instigator Podcast by rapping on Phil Housley, Rick Tocchet and Ralph Kruger along with what Botterill's plan of attack might be after early revelations from radio hits and 30 Thoughts.
With Jason Botterill's hiring appearing to be all but formalizd, Chris and Tyler discuss his reusme and what makes him appear to be the lead candidate for the Sabres general manager job. We address the biggest items on his to-do list if/when he takes the job along with what the plans could be for Buffalo's eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Far too many Sabres fans want to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs and what the Sabres need to do in order to catch them. Tyler and Chris have held the opinion that less time needs to be devoted to caring about the Leafs and spent on the Sabres. We discuss the numerous storylines that should be taking precedent over Leafs takes throughout Sabres Nation.
Terry and Kim Pegula sent shockwaves through the hockey world as they decided to fire not only Dan Bylsma but Tim Murray as well. Chris and Tyler offer reaction to the decision and our thoughts on potential the potential candidates to replace Murray and Bylsma.
Tim Murray's end of season press conference was lacking in glowing praise for Buffalo's head coach. While Dan Bylsma is still employed at this time, it was hard to see his position as safe after Murray held court on Wednesday. Chris and Tyler run through the pros and cons of keeping or canning Blysma. Also on the show are our playoff picks before jumping in on the analysis of Bylsma's future.
Ahead of Fan Appreciation Night, Chris and Tyler discuss the Sabres missing an opportunity to take advantage of engaging fan giveaways throughout the season, especially on Fan Appreciation Night. We compare and contrast what teams around the league are doing and what the Sabres are failing to do. We also run down the poor decision by the NHL to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Now that the league has confirmed each team's protected lists will be made public prior to the Vegas Expansion Draft, Chris and Tyler sat down to determine who Tim Murray will expose to the Golden Knights and which players he's hoping to sneak through. Along the way we discuss new Sabres singee CJ Smith and the newest on the USWNT negotiations.