Nation Radio - June 30, 2012

July 02 2012 09:39AM

'Twas the night before a frenzy and all through the league, every pundit was prepping for long weekend fatigue...

The big day turned out to be rather uneventful, with only a few notable names finding homes. That said, it was a good weekend for the Edmonton Oilers - they won the Schultz sweepstakes and retained the still very effective Ryan Smyth on an extremely reasonable deal. Those additions and others across the Nation were set-up and discussed yesterday by LT and a wide range of guests, including Terry Jones, Tom Lynn and Bruce McCurdy.

This is Nation Radio.

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Jets Brass Smart To Stay Away From July 1 Madness

Matt Eichel
July 02 2012 08:19AM



For Jets fans on Twitter throughout Canada Day and, to a lesser extent depending who you are, Free Agent Frenzy, there was much to do about why the Jets were not signing players and, in essence, losing more players to other teams than signing more.

In a day that saw a number of teams land bigger name free agents - Dallas landing Ray Whitney, Tampa landing Sami Salo, Colorado landing P.A. Parenteau, and Vancouver landing Jason Garrison - the Jets had a net loss of players, as forward Tanner Glass signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh worth $1.1 mil per and backup goalie Chris Mason returning to the club who drafted him for one year worth $1.25 mil per.

These two departures may be the biggest blow to any Jet fans ego because of the weight these guys held with the fans and with the team identity.

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The Odd Couple Reunited

JP Nikota
July 01 2012 10:25PM


Sharing the burden of a high pressure environement can often bring you closer than you might expect to people you wouldn't normally hang out with. Of course, sometimes, you're lucky enough to meet someone who is actually a decent person in this same situation, and you become something of a Bert & Ernie

In the case of Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky, it was the (probably unfair and impetuous) expectations of Leafs' fans all across the globe that Nik and Poni should turn into superstars that provided the fertile loveground this bromance to blossom. That is, we have to assume that's why they became such friends, since fan pressure gets all the heat for negative things, so why not let it have this one win?

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UFA 2012 - First Day Thoughts

Robert Cleave
July 01 2012 08:54PM

 Ponikarovsky - OT winner vs. Philadelphia

The first day of free agency seems to have settled into a holding pattern until the big boys make up their minds, so it's time for a few thoughts on Winnipeg's activities thus far. After the jump, the Jets lose two popular gents while adding one player that might well turn out to be a pretty good bargain.

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Nations UFA Frenzy Live Chat

Kent Wilson
July 01 2012 09:47AM

Join us at 12pm MST (10am EST) to criticize, mock or applaude all the big additions and/or mistakes NHL GM's will make today.

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