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We're back episode 86.
I'm Jessi Pierce.
That's Alexis Pearson off the camera.
Fred Veinfurt who is a mastery
in the soundboard trying
to master the soundboard.
We're going to, we're just
going to toss it out there.
Fred, we're going to fire you even
while you're on the show, because we
had a little glitch in audio with Mr.
Alex Stalock, who I'm sure you guys were
all very excited to see, which was not
Fred's fault, but we have to blame.
So we're going to blame Fred.
If it wasn't for me, this board
wouldn't even be plugged in.
So just saying that's true,
but it would have been the same
recording with Alex as we have now.
So, um, no, we do have
a great video with Alex.
He will be a part of this episode,
not a part of our audio, just because
we have high standards for ourselves.
In the, uh, in the podcast, I don't
have standards outside of the pocket.
As the Russians have noted, we
have to live up to so go to our
YouTube channel, check that out.
Some really a lot of fun with Alex,
um, talking about Craig Felton and
what he remembers him as a teacher,
because that's where we're out here.
Alexis has a personal connection
with the Feltons as well.
If you want to tell folks a little bit.
Yeah, we, uh, we do talk about it a bit
with Tim Felton who joins us for the
interview segment, uh, in just a bit.
Um, but yeah, Craig Felton
was my dad's best friend.
Our families grew up together.
Um, one of his daughters is my
age and he has a younger daughter.
Who's my sister's age.
Um, so I've known his family,
um, for my whole life.
My dad and him worked at a grocery store
together when they were younger and
that's how they met and the rest of his.
So, um, obviously it was a tough year
and it had been tough ever since when my,
when we lost Craig, um, had a battle with
cancer and, um, we have found a way to
honor him now with this golf tournament
that we've been doing for a few years,
which has been great every single year.
I think I've been to all of
them, uh, one way or another.
Um, but this year they invited us out,
uh, the Bardon Beauties podcast to come
record a show out here, which we always
say we're so humbled and honored.
Anytime anyone wants us
where we're like really.
And then we'll we love
being out on the go.
On a beautiful day too.
Can't complain about a day like this.
So nice to see, uh, some friends
and family, a lot of faces
I haven't seen in a while.
Uh, partly because of the
pandemic, partly because I just
haven't seen him in a while.
Um, but a lot of smiles today
and nice to see a lot of people,
uh, who mean a lot to me.
So, uh, thank you to everybody
who is listening to this episode.
That means a lot to me as well.
Um, and thank you to Fred and Jesse
for coming out on this day, too.
Thanks for having us.
We absolutely love it.
And again, thanks to Ms.
earlier joining us one more
reminder, go to YouTube.
He is a part of this I
prescribe while you're there.
Just do it comment.
Tell us what you like.
Um, we've got hockey to talk about because
we're a hockey podcast and why not?
Ready, Fred again, this is where
you need to add in the Kaprizov.
Watch he didn't add it last time, by the way.
I didn't see it.
No, he didn't.
I said, oh, I know.
I know you're going to
do it this time though.
Maybe I can try to do it for you.
Watch doesn't want any
extra one Kaprizov
How many times can you
make them have to do it?
Just going to make Fred's
life, a living hell.
In this episode, episode today times I
am going to do it and you're like, whoa.
So aggressive face.
It's going to be so great.
I'm so excited.
Can you do the thing where you
like zoom in and the head spins?
Yeah, that's what I want to see
explosions in the background because.
Twitter world was on fire this week.
Um, you know, I did my vibe check after
news dropped that there is a potential
deal in place for Kirill to sign,
um, a one-year contract in Russia.
Uh, that season would
start on September one.
I love what you said.
That's so slow.
Still trying to process, still
trying to figure this out too.
Like it's, I'm convinced it
is just a, it's a tactic.
It's literally the only
negotiating tactic that they have
right now that curls camp has.
And I, I don't believe it to be anything
the wild fans need to worry about.
I mean, the, the only concern is how
far away bill Guerin and Kirill remain
as far as settling in a contract.
I, but I knew it was going to take
awhile for them to come to an agreement.
Hurries it up a little bit, I
believe because he has to decide
by September one, if he is in fact
going to stay in the KHL and do that.
Um, otherwise he hasn't told the
summer first to decide whether he
wants to sign with the wild or if
he's going to set out the year.
Um, also the, the article that
came out about it, first of
all, Frank Seravalli , Seravalli , since whatever his name.
It needs to stop ruining everybody's day.
I literally just be like enjoying
my day and here comes Frank
with some bombshell on Twitter.
I'm like, why do you
always have to do this?
Like, can't you just let us live?
I was at the beauty league when
it happened and I had people like
come over to me and like Jessi
and I'm like, I know I saw it.
I don't know.
I don't have any head DMs.
Like, can you explain this?
I'm like, do I look like his agent?
First of all?
No, I can't explain it.
But in the article, it said that like,
um, Guerin hasn't reached out to CR or
hasn't given him an offer since April.
Is that true?
Because if that's true, that's,
that's kind of ridiculous.
And if it's not true, that's kind of
ridiculous that you're saying that.
So I don't dunno.
The whole thing was stressful.
I think a lot of people took it as like,
oh my God, he's going back to the cage.
I was like, no, if he doesn't
sign here, this is what his
offer is going to be there.
Get a move on it.
We're all sick of waiting.
Um, I know Erin, the person who runs
the wilds, Twitter is on vacay this
week seems like prime time to make
something happen because stuff always
happens when you're least expecting it.
So to Nashville.
We miss you shout out to like,
Russo, did you actually listen
to his podcast this past weekend?
I heard snippets of it.
I mean, it's just interesting how
he, the agent for kirill is trying to
play off Russo to get to the Wild.
It's the whole thing is like Russo
admitted that he reached out to him.
He's like, look, we need the
wild to think that this is a
real offer for our negotiations.
Like I'm not doing that.
I'm not an intermediary
between you and the team.
So the media that K, so
Frank for instance, gets to
be used as that pawn instead.
I mean, congrats, Frankie
got played, each team in the KHL has a
$14 million cap.
So if you guys missed it and they're
paying, they would pay an eight figure
salary, which would be 10 million or more.
So, I mean, it is it's, it's a
tactic and Hey, more power to them.
I think the also other kinds of.
Thing that might hurt is how are
fans viewing Kirill Kaprizov now,
all of this, which they shoot out.
Like it's not, it's not him.
I'm convinced it's as agent.
And they know our Russian fans who
we, again, adore have said that, like
this isn't real, this is his agent.
This is his agent trying to position
themselves in a more favorable way.
Um, I've seen.
Step in it's like, what
is he going to really do?
Like wrestling bears and live here?
Like that was the only thing that
video was missing was a bear wrestling
at the end of it, of carrying tires.
The whole thing is just messed
up and it's not Kirill's fault.
It's it's his agent doing this
and that, that's just how it is.
And I keep seeing people
like they're acting like it's
Kirill, who's like demanding.
They're like, does he really want more of
a salary than Alex Ovechkin and Brayden
Point and all he's played 55 games.
It's like, yeah.
Kirill is not his agent.
That's what his agent is for,
is to negotiate these things.
And he's not doing a very good job of it
and he's making a lot of people angry.
So I've already seen some people
like tweeting, funny stuff.
Like how are you gonna apologize to
Kirill when he finally gets a big
deal and you're all happy and it's
like, yeah, you better apologize.
Cause y'all have been some,
so you better stop with that.
But doesn't the book stop at?
I mean, It's his reputation and you need to
stand on top of your reputation yeah.
Well, I mean, yeah, I do.
I think, I think he's
still kind of, he's young.
I think he doesn't
recognize maybe what is it?
And he tunes out a lot
of this shit, you know?
So I think he maybe doesn't
recognize situation cause it does,
he's letting his agent handle it.
I see more and more players that
have been taking that approach where
they really aren't as involved.
We're paying an agent to do it, let him
do it, let it he'll do what's best for me.
And, and yeah, I mean, I
don't, I've never gotten sale.
Kirill is money hungry by any means.
I've never gotten the sense that this is
really powered by him in the background.
Um, but you know, Fred has a point
he could probably step in and just
say, Hey, I just want to get a deal,
but I just want to play hockey right.
The day he wants to.
I, and again, the concern for him
going to the KHL, isn't there for me
because he wants to play in the NHL.
It's like the cage has a finely, but
the NHL is a premier premier league.
I actually had this question on NPR (national public radio)
where it was like, do you see the KHL.
Putting themselves in a better position to
get more players and no, I don't think so.
I mean, I think players from
Russia want to go play at home.
That's that's fine.
It'll always be there.
And it's again, a great, a great league.
I'm not going to deny that,
but I think Kirill wants to play
in the NHL, wants to win cups.
I think he just is, you know, trying
to figure out the best way to do that.
And again, the.
Haven't necessarily positioned themselves
in a, in a place where it's very like,
yeah, we're going to win a cup next year.
You know, they're, they're in
kind of this intermediate area.
So Kaprizov, watch some
more watch it starts if it
continues, uh, we will have a.
Deciding factor on Kevin Fiala
arbitration on August 17th, I'm
here keeping you in the NHL.
Coming, coming into an end.
So that'll be really nice
to see what happens again.
That was determined by the Minnesota wild.
They were the ones that decided
to take him to arbitrary.
Please report to your card.
We're at a golf course, report to your carts, please.
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at this Memorial golf tournament.
So that's the voice you heard.
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enjoy now and joining us now.
Yeah, the only other real thing I
wanted to talk about this week was.
Zach Parise still without
a home officially.
I mean, again, we talked about
the connection with the Islanders.
It sounds like that's going
to be the landing place.
I actually caught up with Brock
Nelson, uh, Warroad native and
current Islander at Da beauty league.
Um, and he said, yeah, we
it'd be great to have Zach.
He hasn't really heard anything.
Alexis, is it concern?
I mean, do you think Zach's kind of
freaking out or do you think it's
just a matter of, I've heard, it's
just a matter of paperwork that needs
to get finished, but time has passed
since free agency had opened and
he's still not, I I'm sure he is.
I'm sure he is.
I mean, he obviously has a high
desire to still play in the NHL.
I, there was no indication.
In, in anything that he ever
said or really did that he
didn't want to play anymore.
And I think he still believes
he can play at a high level.
Now, whether that is true or not, it's to
be determined, we'll see where he ends up
and what he's able to do with that team.
Um, but I don't, I, I think the
fact that he's not signing or yet is
probably stressing about like most,
I mean, most players do get a little
nervous when time starts to take you.
You're like, oh boy, no
one's picked me up yet.
No one signed me yet.
Like, am I going to land anywhere?
Yeah, I'm sure he's concerned, but at
the same time, probably not worried
because I think he knows his worth
and that some team will take him.
Um, I mean, you never know with Lou
Lamoriello, that dude is a wild card.
I mean, he probably heard you say
that Zach Parise is going to go
there and it's already canteen.
Is that like a spidey sense about it?
He's like, Nope, sorry, Zach.
And do this to you.
Was he in Hastings on Friday morning and
said that Zach was coming to the island?
Uh, yeah, I'm curious to see
when that kind of gets resolved.
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it though for our new segment.
Again, we've got more hockey talk with
Alex Stalock over on our YouTube channel.
You'll hear a snippet of him in
here, but really it's catching up
with Tim Felton, honoring Craig's
memory at this Memorial tournament.
So stay tuned for that episode
or for that interview rather.
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Joining us now, one of our absolute
favorite human beings, Alex de LOC.
Yeah, I'm doing good.
Thanks for having me out here.
And obviously it's for a great cause.
So, uh, no better place to be.
Then on Friday afternoon,
you're a proud south St.
Paul, you know, you've got to love that.
Tell us a little bit about Mr.
You said he followed you.
All the way up you guys?
Oh, I don't think he
necessarily followed me.
We followed our class.
I wasn't, uh, the greatest student.
Um, but, uh, I love going to school
just being around our, you know, your
group of friends or whatever it was.
And, um, I think it
started in seventh grade.
We had a class with him.
It was like a general science class.
We spent a lot of time in detention.
I know he'd always, he always
put your name on the board and
then you just add 15 minutes and
add 15 minutes, add 15 minutes.
And I swear, like, there's like
four of us by the end of the year,
we had like four hours and 15
minutes of the detention built up.
But I think it was just his way of
wine to like, hang out with that
crew of people after class, you know?
And so then we go up and, you know,
ninth grade and we had them again and
sure enough, we'd build up the tension.
And I felt like all the way to
senior year, we always had him as
a, as a teacher and he spoke at our
commencement and, um, You know, he
was kind of always that teacher, that
whatever it may be and, um, you know,
it was, uh, it was always a fun class.
We had a music appreciation.
I don't know if you guys remember
that, but he got, he got a kick
out of that and he kept it fun.
And that was the biggest
thing that, that we enjoy.
I think our class, we enjoyed having fun.
So he was a perfect fit for us.
Joining us now is Tim Felton, brother
of Craig Felton, the person who we are
out here for, for this tournament today.
Um, Tim, you, uh, are Craig's brother.
You helped found that this tournament
and pull this together year after
year and another year, here we go.
Uh, how much does this mean to you
to have come up with this idea to
do this and then see these people
come out year after year, south St.
Paul is a pretty tight knit community and
days like today, I'm always reminded of
that because we see all these people out
here that we grew up with, went to school
with coming out, uh, for a great day.
Well, first of all,
thanks for being out here.
All you guys, this is wonderful to do.
And, um, it obviously means a lot to us.
I was just telling somebody the
other day that this is kind of a, a
bittersweet success that we're doing here.
I'd much rather he be here right now.
And, and, and then just
write a check for it.
I'd much rather do that, but
this has been a tremendous
thing that the family has done.
And as you know, your dad was
a instrumental part as well.
Alexis, so, um, Craig
lifelong resident of south St.
Paul teacher at the high school voice
of the Packers golf coach soccer coach.
And, and it's just, uh, it's great
to see everybody come out here.
This caused this, this, and we
developed an endowed scholarship in
his name, and that's why we're here.
100% of our proceeds go to that.
And it's, it's a wonderful thing to do.
Well, then you got another
beautiful day for it.
So can't complain about a day like today.
And, uh, you know, we, we
talk about being a south St.
Paul packer and you know
what that means, and I think.
Even though south St.
Paul is such a small town and,
and all of that, whenever I think
about where I came from, I think
about the community of what it is.
And like I said, kind of how we
get to this point today to be
able to do something like this
and have all of these people show
up and want to be a part of this.
Uh, I'm sure you didn't have to pull many
legs to get people to come out and go.
No, no, we didn't.
We just kind of sent out the
email and all the invitations
and it filled up pretty quickly.
And again, and we see a lot
of the same faces and some new
faces, which is great to see.
And, and we hope to keep doing this.
I had a goal, people say, how
long are you going to do this?
And it sounds a little loft is to get a
million dollars in that scholarship fund.
That would be wonderful.
So I'm going to keep doing
it until, um, we get that.
Tell us a little bit about what
kind of person your brother was,
you know, describe, describe
him if you can Alex say Alexa.
He was just the most fun, loved to
hang out with everybody, everybody.
He, he, he was a teacher in south St.
Paul, and he used that to, uh,
be friend the kids and just
became their teacher first.
Then he had to be in a disciplinarian,
but at the same time he was their friend.
They could talk to him and, and.
Touched the students on a personal
level, like Al is a classic example.
I think he developed a relationship
with Al then, uh, enough.
So where Al ended up sending him one
of the helmets that he broke in a game
somewhere, he sent it to Craig and, um,
but he was just really personable with
the kids and that's what he wanted to do.
And everybody knew him in south St.
And like I said, this is a,