Daily Faceoff Live: Black Friday shopping for Western Conference teams
Yaremchuk: “It was American Thanksgiving yesterday, the 25% mark for the NHL season, and we’re starting to learn what we have from many teams in the league. We are also starting to see what many teams don’t have, which is the spark for this segment in the show.
It’s Black Friday shopping and we’re going to take a look at the Western Conference. If you could make one Black Friday purchase for any team in the West, what would it be?
Larkin: “This purchase is going to be expensive. I know Ted Williams is the athlete famous for getting freeze-dried, I’m going to pretend there’s a version of Curtis Joseph from the late 90s who cryogenically frozen. The Edmonton Oilers can pay whatever it takes to bring him back to copper and blue because they’re not getting what they need from Jack Campbell.
I don’t know if they’ve had a real goalie since CuJo was at this peak. Yeah, you had your moments with guys like Tommy Salo and Dwayne Roloson, but that rock that’s been there every year that can carry you, Campbell hasn’t been that. Stuart Skinner has done well so far, but the sample size is small.
I dream of the days when you could count on CuJo. He was an X factor, he could give you an edge, even if you were the underdog heading into a playoff. The Oilers don’t have that anymore and it’s upsetting for fans.
Yaremchuk: “I’m going to stay in Alberta for mine. Building a new arena can be expensive, so maybe the Calgary Flames can use Black Friday to get their new arena built. Maybe they can get a good deal on some TVs for the rink or a good deal on the concrete.
I’ve been to the Saddledome a few times this year and every time you go it’s like ‘boy, there’s an NHL team playing in this rink.’ Everyone laughed at the video of MacKenzie Weegar this summer walking through the locker room for the first time and how brutal it looked.
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