Top Ten Tuesday: From Camping To Moving

10 – Huskie Camp thoughts. It’s the unofficial turning of the page for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this week. The team will introduce their new recruits at the Dogs’ Breakfast on Thursday morning and then kick-off their spring camp that evening at Griffiths Stadium. There are some questions that bear asking. You can answer one on the right.

9 – Meanwhile across town the Saskatoon Hilltops will also hold their spring camp. The team has been hard at work throughout the winter getting bigger and faster in preparation for their title Canadian Bowl title defense. I’m excited to see the hard work of Quarterback Jared Andreychuk come to fruition as well as some of the battles along the offensive line.

8 – More football and the Saskatchewan Roughriders outright released Seth Doege last week. Last year’s number three had one opportunity to start and unfortunately in his desire to make something happen threw three interceptions. Additionally, he had a less than standout performance at the teams camp in Florida two weeks ago. That all being said he had to know that he was in tough with the signing of veteran pivot Kevin Glenn and resigning of Tino Sunseri. That being said I trust new offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine’s jusdgement when it comes to quarterbacks as he has nurtured some pretty good ones like Travis Lulay, and Mike Reilly for starters.

7 – Staying on the grid iron and the Ottawa REDBLACKS desire to improve their receiving corp saw them sign ostracized pass-catcher Chris Williams. You may remember Williams breakout 2012 season as a receiver and returner in Hamilton. However, not wanting to play for the amount of money that he negotiated in his contract and hoping to sign a bigger money deal in the NFL he held out trying to force the Ti-Cats hands. Eventually the Tabbies would cave and release him from his deal. That being said I am not surprised that Ottawa is giving him a second chance. If he can return to his 2012 form that will be a big boost for the REDBLACKS but it may turn into a dispute in 2016.

6 – One more football one and can you see the impending sporting shake-up on the way in the Big Smoke? Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, is made up of a joint venture between Bell Media (TSN) and Rogers (Sportsnet). Now the blood between the two parties hasn’t been great since Sportsnet swooped in and scooped up national NHL broadcast rights last year. The latest strain on the relationship comes courtesy of Bell’s desire to purchase the Toronto Argonauts and move them to the MLSE operated BMO Field. Rogers wants no part of the purchase and they don’t seem enamored to have the Argos playing at their facility. I think the fuse has been lit. Unfortunately for football fans across the country the CFL and Argonauts could be caught in the cross-fire.

5 – Heading south and as expected Chad Lang will take on a new role within the Regina Pats organization after the new ownership went with John Paddock as General Manager and Head Coach last summer, the GM role which Lang had previously held. Lang is an all-around good guy and always has time for me no matter my working capacity at any rink. You also have to admire his track record as General Manager. He took Moose Jaw to the WHL final, ended a play-off drought in the Queen City and did an above average job in stocking the cupboard through the draft.

4 – Talk about between a rock in a hard place. That’s where the WHL found them self this week. The WHL had to rule on star Jake Virtanen and a suspendable hit to the head he delivered in game one of the Eastern Conference Final in Brandon on Friday night. I know the league is neutral but they had to rule on a star player, making a borderline hit, playing in one of the marquee markets that also happens to be in the same city as their head office. Talk about a no win situation! In the end the league banished Virtanen for three games. You can judge for yourself by seeing the hit here.

3 – More from Calgary and the first round victory by the Flames over the Canucks is being largely attributed to the play of Michael Ferland and the young Flames forwards. However, shouldn’t a lot of the credit go to Bob Hartley? The veteran bench boss has had his troops buy in all season and he lead them to success in a series despite their lack of success.

2 – One more on the Flames six-game victory and I do question how many of the Michael Ferland “hits,” would be tolerated during the regular season? Would they be called for charging during the 82 game playoff preview?

1 – More NHL and the Edmonton Oilers have made wholesale changes to their hockey operations department. The move to CEO by Bob Nicholson and hiring of Peter Chiarelli as General Manager has shaken up the Boys on the Bus club! I do honestly believe that the shakeup will be in the best interests of the club. I do, however, as a non-Olier fan have a level of disappointment. With Chiarelli in charge there is no doubt that the club will draft Connor McDavid. I could honestly see the previous regime contemplating offers that assuredly will flood the Oilers for that number one pick.