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One by one, Brad Jacobs, Brad Gushue, Kevin Martin, and Jeff Stoughton will shake up their rinks by picking a new crop of teammates during the Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Draft Show Presented by Pintys. Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. Vic Rauter hosts TSNs second consecutive all-star curling draft show alongside Bryan Mudryk, who will be interviewing curlers after they have been selected. All curlers will be wearing a microphone throughout the broadcast to give fans unfiltered access as the skips make their picks. Following a snake-style draft format, the Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Draft Show Presented by Pintys features each skip drafting a new third, second, and lead – ensuring fans will see their favourite curlers compete with new teammates. Some of the potential scenarios include: Will Brad Jacobs pick any past Olympians? Ahead of Sochi 2014, Team Canadas skip may look to draw from a pool of Olympic experience, which includes Olympic gold medallists John Morris, Mark Nichols, Marc Kennedy, and Ben Hebert. Will John Morris and Kevin Martin be reunited? Before parting ways prior to this curling season, the duo combined for two Brier wins (2008 and 2009) and an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver. Will Kevin Martin take a chance on Ryan Fry? Martin is the only skip in the All-Star field that Fry has never competed with at a Brier (Fry played with Stoughton in 2007, with Gushue from 2009-2012, and won with Jacobs in 2013). Will former teammates John Morris, Brent Laing, and/or Craig Savill be drafted to the same team? Together, these three curlers won two World Junior titles (1998-99) and competed in the 2002 Brier final. Will Brad Gushue select Mark Nichols? Before Nichols moved to Manitoba to play with Team Jeff Stoughton, he and Gushue represented Newfoundland & Labrador in eight Briers and became Olympic gold medallists in 2006.  The Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Draft Show Presented by Pintys features the following Top 16 curlers, as chosen by fans: SKIP   Brad GushueBrad JacobsJeff StoughtonKevin Martin THIRDDave NedohinJohn MorrisJon MeadRyan Fry SECONDBrent LaingCarter RycroftE.J. HarndenMarc Kennedy LEADBen HebertCraig SavillMark NicholsRyan Harnden The Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Draft Show Presented by Pintys will be one of the last major curling events featuring Brad Jacobs and his rink before they head to Russia for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. TORONTO – Randy Carlyle entered the dressing room of the Maple Leafs practice facility Monday morning to an unusual and almost eerie silence. There was no music pumping from the stereo system, nothing but the uncomfortable quiet of a team in midst of another memorable late season collapse. "Thats a sure tell-tale sign," he said of a group in shock, down in the dumps from a losing streak numbering eight games, one that has the clubs playoff hopes dangling from the thinnest of threads. Carlyle took the day to inject a little life into what remains of those hopes. He also did a fair bit of teaching, directing, and informing, tweaks to "things that we think that are very easily correctable". He implored his forwards to "turn your [butt]" to protect the puck and adjusted the positioning of Jay McClement and Tim Gleason during one particular defensive zone drill. Carlyle may be coaching for his job in these final six games of the regular season, but beyond the uncertain question of the head coach and his status for next season is the roster retooling that seems likely to take place under the direction of GM Dave Nonis and his management team this summer. With 10 players up for free agency – including half the forward group and two top-four defenders – and the core deserving of some scrutiny after another collapse, plenty of change could and probably will be coming to the Leafs. Forwards James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul Nazem Kadri Nikolai Kulemin** Mason Raymond** Dave Bolland** David Clarkson Troy Bodie** Jay McClement** Jerry DAmigo* Colton Orr     Defencemen Carl Gunnarsson Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner* Cody Franson* Tim Gleason Morgan Rielly Paul Ranger**   Goaltenders Jonathan Bernier James Reimer* Note: *Restricted Free Agent | **Unrestricted Free Agent Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Dion Phaneuf, David Clarkson, Joffrey Lupul, and Tyler Bozak are all locked up until the summer of 2017 and in some cases beyond. They constitute the Toronto core along with Morgan Rielly and Jonathan Berrnier and the far less secure but high upside duo of Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner.dddddddddddd Considering their place in three straight collapses – all of varying degree – and ongoing struggles to defend, adjustment to the group has to be considered with only Kessel, van Riemsdyk, Bernier and Rielly seemingly off the table this offseason. Luke Schenn, once a cornerstone of that group, was jettisoned after the meltdown in 2012. Mikhail Grabovski faced the same fate via compliance buyout after Game 7 last spring. Will the summer ahead bring with it more change to the building blocks of the organization? Is a 1-2 centre punch of Bozak and Kadri strong enough to be a force in the East or are upgrades needed down the middle? Is there enough two-way stability to the current top-six (all signed long-term, save for Kadri) with little in the way of youth on the way? Can Clarkson be redeemed in year two of a whopping seven-year contract? Might the organization buy him out? Is a trade even possible? Can Lupul be a part of the solution at age 30 and beyond that?  Is the core, generally speaking, good enough to win as constructed or is a major or perhaps minor tinkering required? Beyond that core is the looming free agent bunch, of which Bolland figures to be the most intriguing. The 27-year-old began his Leaf career with a bang, posting six goals and 10 points in October. But a serious ankle injury kept him out nearly five months and muddled his status in the process. Theres value there, but at what price and what term? Can he stabilize the club at centre ice or is there a better fit elsewhere, perhaps 28-year-old Paul Statsny, also entering unrestricted free agency for the first time? Then there are the likes of Mason Raymond, Nik Kulemin, Jay McClement, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger, all also unrestricted. McClement is useful if employed in a fourth line role, and Bodie has certainly earned himself another contract with an energetic presence. The others all have question marks with price point and fit among the concerns. Thats the entire group of bottom-six forwards, all in question to return next season. None of the three restricted free agents are certain or maybe even likely to come back next year with Jake Gardiner the likeliest of a bunch – by a good margin – that includes Cody Franson and the all-but-gone James Reimer. Torontos defence should be the top priority for upgrade followed by a forward complement that has plenty of holes in the bottom ranks (size, strength, defensive commitment among the issues) with question marks up top and down the middle as well. Nonis would be hard-pressed to bring back Carlyle if the Leafs do definitively fumble away their once certain playoff chances, but hell also have to give a long, hard look to a roster thats proven (in conjunction with that coaching staff) to be flawed and in need of improvement. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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