THN Pre-Game Show: Is William Nylander's Contract the New Trend-Setter? Plus: Hot Jets, Rebuilding Sharks and More

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After some big transactions and before Tuesday’s NHL action, it’s The Hockey News Pre-Game Show on the Game+ Network with Ryan Kennedy and Michael Traikos.

Tonight’s guests are Randy Hahn, San Jose Sharks broadcaster, and Carter Brooks, editor for The Hockey News’ Winnipeg Jets team site. Plus, what does William Nylander’s contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs mean for the rest of the NHL’s stars?

All that and so much more, so let’s get to it. Find the show on TV with the Game+ Network on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET.

Segment 1: William Nylander

– William Nylander signed an eight-year contract worth $11.5 million per year. Is it too much? Can the Leafs win with this salary structure? 

– What does it mean for the rest of the NHL’s stars with contracts ending in the next three seasons, including Elias Pettersson, Sam Reinhart, Mikko Rantanen and Connor McDavid?

What Does William Nylander’s Contract Mean for Other Stars? (Pre-Game Show Seg. 1) (10:07)

Segment 2: Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks trade, world juniors recap

– After reports that the Philadelphia Flyers were at a crossroads with Cutter Gauthier, they traded him to the Anaheim Ducks for Jamie Drysdale and a second-round draft pick in 2025. What does each team get out of this?

– Team USA was golden at the 2024 world juniors in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ryan and Michael reflect on the tournament and why the USA is a nation to be feared heading into the next World Cup and Olympics.

Flyers and Ducks Trade, Plus Team USA’s Rise to World Juniors Gold (Pre-Game Show Seg. 2) (9:38)

Segment 3: Winnipeg Jets talk with Carter Brooks

– The Winnipeg Jets are the hottest team in the NHL right now and sit first in the league standings. THN’s Jets team site editor Carter Brooks explains what brought them to this point.

The Winnipeg Jets are the NHL’s Hottest Team After the Holidays (Pre-Game Show Seg. 3) (10:26)

Segment 4: San Jose Sharks talk with Randy Hahn

– San Jose Sharks broadcaster Randy Hahn stopped by the studio to talk about the squad’s tough season in last place, the future ahead with promising prospects and more.

Randy Hahn and the Future of the Sharks (Pre-Game Show Seg. 4) (6:48)

Segment 5: Rapid Fire

– Has the USA replaced Canada as the best country at international tournaments? 

– Should the NHL stop having a representative from each team at the All-Star Weekend? 

– Have the hosts liked the PWHL’s launch so far? What do they think of the league’s “jailbreak” idea where a shorthanded goal ends a penalty kill?

– Is Trevor Zegras now expendable in Anaheim after they acquired Cutter Gauthier?

Rapid Fire: Should the NHL Stop Having at Least One Player per Team at All-Star Game? (Pre-Game Show Seg. 5) (7:17)

Check out The Hockey News Pre-Game Show on the Game+ Network at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Here’s where to watch:

– Rogers: Channel 499

– Bell: Channel 1425 HD, 430 SD

– Telus Alberta and B.C.: Channel 924

– Videotron: Channel 778

– Cogeco: Channel 482 HD, 430 SD

– SaskTel: Channel 427 HD, 127 SD

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2024-01-09 23:00:00 , san jose sharks – The Hockey News

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