Intermission interview with former Bronco Tim Tisdale (Download)
Post-Game interview with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen (Download)
Pre-Game interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)
Pre-Game interview with Pats Coach Pat Conacher (Download)
Pre-Game interview with World Junior Radio Broadcaster Rod Pedersen (Download)
Thanks to the Pats for honouring the four young men lost in that tragic crash 25 years ago. It was a very classy gesture. It’s my understanding the Broncos will be doing something tomorrow. It’s a special 4pm start time against Medicine Hat.
I want to say “get well soon” to Graeme Craig after the big Broncos defenceman took a puck right in the mouth on the second Pats goal and lost several teeth. Click here to check out the photo Craig posted on his twitter. I can’t imagine how much that hurt. It was a very tough break for the Broncos as well because it turned into a Pats goal seconds later.
My thoughts on the game? Not much really. It was as dull a Bronco game as I’ve seen this season. Regina doesn’t give up much in front of their own net and we didn’t see a ton of energy out of either side for the most part. It wasn’t a poorly played game so much as it wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed watching. The breaks didn’t go Swift Current’s way (Magnus’ goal called back due to an early whistle, puck put into their goal after it hit Craig’s face) but they also didn’t get to the net enough to take advantage of some rebounds they were creating. The Pats did their job defensively and Jordan Weal was the difference maker that he always seems to be against the Broncos.
Swift Current will try to get back to the type of game they played against Prince Albert when they host Medicine Hat tomorrow.
Speaking of the Raiders, they traded Brandon Herrod to Kamloops today for Logan McVeigh and a 2nd round pick. It seems like the return for a quality 20-year-old has been higher than usual this year. Darian Dziurzynski netted a good haul of 2nd and 3rd round picks for Saskatoon while Everett got a 3rd round pick and prospect Griffin Foulk for Tyler Maxwell. Maxwell’s return was on the low-end in part because he had demanded a trade and wasn’t with the Silvertips at the time.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for the overage players on the Broncos roster. I also wonder if a return like that would be too good to pass up for a team that has used the word “rebuilding” a few times in 2011. With 10 days to go before the trade deadline I’m sure Mark Lamb will get a number of phone calls from teams hoping a deal with Swift Current could put them over the top this year the way that one put Kootenay over the top last year.
The Broncos are hardly out of the playoff picture. They’re 6 points back of Calgary for 8th and 10 back of Saskatoon for 7th. It’s still within reach if they can string some wins together in the second half. Is standing pat the way to go in the big picture? I think that depends on the offers. If you’re just getting a 3rd or 4th round pick for an overage player I don’t know if the value is high enough to move someone who has meant so much to your franchise. If you can get a draft pick along with a 17-year-old who can make an immediate impact on your team and fit into your developing core… I think it would be tough to turn that down.
The other question on my mind is the future of some of the 1992 born Broncos. There are six guys on this roster that could return as overage players next year and none of them are drafted by NHL teams. There simply won’t be room for all of them. Is there a chance the Broncos could get a better return for a couple of those guys now than they would in September? Each guy is a reliable veteran in this league who could provide depth to a team that fancies themselves a contender. You can never have enough veteran depth in a playoff run. That makes one of those guys more valuable today than they would be in September. I think it’s something they will have to explore.
It would help if the Broncos didn’t have so many injuries! All of a sudden the beds are getting filled up in the sick bay. Jordan Evans has been there since October and has some company for the first time. Shea Howorko, Adam Smith and Adam Lowry are all significant missing pieces for this team. Hopefully the Broncos won’t miss Graeme Craig for any significant time after the shot he took yesterday.
Depth can sure disappear in a hurry can’t it? For a while the Broncos were having a hard time finding enough games for certain guys.
That will do it for now. I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I think a lot of us are ready to let go of 2011. If you are feeling nostalgic you can check out a great article Colin Powers put together for Swift Current Online.