Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Did You Miss On Tuesday?

--The WHL Bantam Draft will go Wednesday morning in Calgary. The lottery will involve the six non-playoff teams (Edmonton, Prince George, Calgary, Kootenay, Kamloops and Saskatoon) from the 2017-18 season. A team may only move up a maximum of two positions in the WHL Bantam Draft. Edmonton has the best chance of selecting first after a league-low 52 points followed by Prince George at 58 and Calgary at 59.

--The Columbus Blue Jackets made it 9 straight wins as they beat the Rangers 5-3. The win streak has put Columbus in the discussion to perhaps finish first in the Metropolitan Division as they are four points back of Washington with eight games to play.

--Henoc Muamba won't be suiting up for the Bombers in 2018.  Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters says they gave Muamba their best sales pitch and offer, but he wanted to be paid more than Andrew Harris and the Bombers said no.

“We were certainly not prepared to offer Henoc Muamba a contract higher than Andrew Harris, which is what they were asking for,” Walters said. “It was not going to happen from our end on a multitude of reasons.“We had an offer on the table and we were prepared to make Henoc the second-highest paid Canadian on our team. Within our salary cap and what we deemed was fair, we thought it was a good, fair offer.

--The Riders let it be known on Tuesday just how much they are giving to amateur football in Saskatchewan., As one would expect, they are giving out a sizable amount of money.

“It is extremely important to our organization that we provide valuable support to amateur football programs throughout the province,” stated Craig Reynolds, Riders President & CEO. “Our partnership with Football Saskatchewan and its members has allowed us to help grow the game of football at the grassroots and amateur level, making football accessible to youth of all ages.”

In 2017, the Club assisted Saskatchewan-based football programs with financial support in excess of $600,000, provided thousands of in-kind donations and prizes, and participated with over 100 hours of Rider player appearances at youth camps, games and practices.

--Kevin Koe's rink now has two Saskatchewan people on it.  Like many other teams, the Koe team is changing things up for the next Olympic cycle. With third Marc Kennedy and second Brent Laing leaving, Koe has replaced them with former Mike McEwen third BJ Neufeld and Saskatoon's Colton Flasch.  Ben Hebert of Regina remains lead. Flasch had left the Steve Laycock rink prior to this season to skip his own team--one that lost to Laycock in the SaskTel Tankard final.   As for McEwen, he has joined up with Reid Carruthers and will throw fourth stones 

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