06 Feb Get an inside look at the NHL trade deadline on February 7 with Puck Talks
Flip to any sports channel in Canada right now, and you will quickly get an idea of the time of year. It’s trade deadline season, and this year’s edition has plenty of extra intrigue. Six of seven Canadian teams are in the playoff hunt, and Ottawa could be a major seller at the deadline.
There is no shortage of talking points, and you can expect to get insider knowledge on a number of them a tomorrow’s Puck Talks event at the Rivoli in Toronto.
“February is always a really exciting time in hockey, and always a good time to host a Puck Talks naturally,” says Scott Wheeler of The Athletic. “There is a ton happening with the trade deadline looming and playoff races kind of tightening up. Obviously, in terms of the Leafs, there has been a lot happening with Auston Matthews re-signing, the Jake Muzzin trade, and probably more on the horizon.”
Wheeler will be on a panel with Hailey Salvian, also of The Athletic, and Kelcey Wright-Johnson. The event will be hosted by Toronto Maple Leafs in-game host Daniele Emanuele with other panellists including Mark Masters (TSN), Tyler Dellow (The Athletic), Down Goes Brown (The Athletic) and stats gurus Ian Tulloch (The Athletic) and Dom Luszczyszyn (The Athletic). Doors open for the event at 6:30, with panels starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by clicking here.
“We are going to do three panels,” says Wheeler. “One is going to be kind of a stats panel, one is going to be a National Hockey League panel and one will be a Marlies panel. There will be a focus on three big areas of the game.”
Salvian will join Wheeler and Wright-Johnson on the Marlies panel, discussing the Leafs farm team and future.
“I think that the Marlies are always interesting and something that people should take a look at because there are 13 former Marlies on the Leafs right now,” explains Salvian. “There are also a couple of good prospects right now in Timothy Liljegren, Rasmus Sandin and Jeremy Bracco.”
She also thinks the event will give fans a great opportunity to ask some of the top hockey minds in the city their opinions on some of the recent developments in the hockey world.
“You don’t always get to ask Mark Masters, ‘hey, what do you think about Jake Muzzin, or William Nylander’,” says Salvian. “It’s a pretty cool opportunity for sports fans to get to chat with some of the reporters that they are reading or watching on TV every day.”