Nick Lapenna returned to The Crunch with an action-packed episode featuring Olympic highlight recaps, analysis on the Cleveland Cavaliers return to supremacy, and the trade market in the NHL that is starting to heat up. Nick opened with a segment on the Winter Olympics, and gave full details and analysis on the 2 gold medals that Canada has won thus far (at the time of publish). He then provided a full preview of the men’s and women’s national hockey teams before providing predictions on the women to make the finals and have a great chance at gold to repeat as champions. On the Male side, Nick agreed that while the Olympic Athletes from Russia team look like the clear favorites, you can never count out Canada who always have a knack for showing up to play in the biggest moments.
Nick then invited on (via call) analyst Cam Reeves to break down the flurry of trades that the Cleveland Cavaliers made in an attempt to shake up the roster to Lebron James’ liking. After both agreeing that the majority of the moves were successful, they also analysed Jonas Valanciunas’ new found 3 point stroke that is among the best in the Association. While Cam debated that alot of the shots are uncontested and lucky, Nick replied that over the last 10 games, “JV” had attempted over 20 3-point shots and had been successful at 60% clip, which is well above the average in the NBA and especially above average for centers.
Nick then invited on (via call) analyst Evyn Preto to debate the potential moves the Toronto Maple Leafs were thinking of making before the trade deadline. They also touched on the potential re-signing of star winger James Van Riemsdyk and agreed that while alot of big names have been shuffled around in the trade bait, don’t expect any blockbuster moves at this upcoming trade deadline.