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Mar 22, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) controls the puck in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 22

Hart Trophy Race, Burning ELC Contracts, and In or Out of Playoffs?

Listen to “THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast – Episode 22 – Hart Trophy Race, Burning ELC Contracts, and In or Out of Playoffs?” on Spreaker.

Debate 1 | The race for the Hart Trophy.

Debate 2 | Should teams burn a year on an entry level contract by having players play games after their college season ends.

Debate 3 | In or Out? The Playoff Race is on.

Brad Burud and Blake Friars discuss the race for the Hart Trophy. Is McDavid the leader or does another player deserve it. Should teams burn up a year of players entry level contracts this late in the year? Or, should they save that player and contract year by waiting until next season. The NHL regular season is coming to an end. Who will be in and who will be out of the playoffs?


Blake Friars brings the Canadian approach to the show. The Bienfait, Saskatchewan native grew up playing hockey for 16 years. The goalie is also a long-time Roberto Luongo fan, and claims the Vancouver Canucks as his favorite team. Blake brings the millennial approach to the show. He is candid in his approach, and creates numerous laughs

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