We're down to our last two shows and with the draft starting on a Friday this year, we decided we'd do our draft preview this week. So we'll be bringing in hockey media members that cover the teams with the top five picks.
Joe Beninati, Capitals TV play-by-play man, will join us to discuss what the Capitals may do with the fifth pick in the draft. Rumors are circulating that General Manager George McPhee may package the pick and try to trade for a center for Alexander Ovechkin. We'll get Beninati's take on that and what else the Caps need to do to build a team around Alexander The Great.
We'll then bring on Inside Hockey columnist and LA area beat writer, Brian Kennedy to talk about the Kings' options with the fourth pick. Los Angeles is rich in prospects right now, will they continue to build up the system or will they look to wheel and deal to improve the NHL roster? Is there any truth to them trying to pry away J.S. Giguere from cross-town rival Anaheim? Kennedy will give us the scoop from the current home of the Stanley Cup, Southern California.
A Phoenix media member TBD will join us to discuss what new Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney is up to and what he plans to do with the third pick in the draft? Maloney is on record as saying that the Coyotes will not be active in the free agent market but that they most likely will deal for a goalie. Could Manny Fernandez be playing in the Desert next season?
Our good friend from Philly, Brian Jennings of Prohockeynews.com and Insidehockey.com, calls in from the City of Brotherly Love to talk Flyers and how they will use the second pick. Word on the street is that the Flyers would love Patrick Kane but who do they take if he's not there? Do they deal the pick if he's not available? We'll get Brian's predictions on that and also see what impact the recent signing of Antero Nittymaki has on the goaltending situation. Is there a battle between "Nitty" and Martin Biron brewing?
The Chicago Blackhawks have the number one pick in this year's draft, but problem is, most of Chicago has no idea! Well, we know one guy that still pays attention to the Blackhawks, XM Hockey Insider and hockeybuzz.com blogger, Al Cimaglia joins us from the Windy City to talk about the Hawks and what they may do with that pick. We'll also get Al's take on whether the Hawks can become relevant in Chicago again?
Boston Bruins Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton will also be calling in to discuss what the Bruins may do with the eighth pick overall? The Bruins are rumored to be looking for more help up front and between the pipes. Could they be active on the trade market again, as they were at last year's draft when they acquired top goaltending prospect Tukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft?
And of course, we'll go "Between the Pipes" with Brian Daccord, go back in time with Mike Wyman's "The Golden Years" (featuring former Bruins goaltender Gerry Cheevers), and jump into "The Sin Bin" with PJ Stock.
So be sure to join Kevin Greenstein, Tony Marinaro, and myself for the Inside Hockey Radio Show. We can be heard on the following stations and times:
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* 1510 The Zone (Sporting News Radio Boston): Saturday, 2-4 pm ET
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