Episode #153 – Long Road To Drouin

The exposed lists are here. Fans get a good look at who’s available to the Vegas Golden Knights and which players have been given up on!

Full bench at Geeta’s palatial estate this week. Dave, P Mac, Geeta and Ryan discuss the Canucks’ exposed list… not the most desirable group of guys. They discuss Erik Gudbranson’s new reasonable bridge deal and what he could potentially do at 100% next season.

They discuss Shane Doan leaving the Winnipeg/Phoenix/Arizona Jets/Coyotes, the only organization he’s ever played for. Will he retire a Coyote? Or test the open market and try and get a Stanley Cup? For a player that’s been only loyal to the Coyotes, it seems unfair to not resign him at this point of his career.

The gang also talks about the big Jonathan Drouin trade to Montreal. They discuss his rocky time in Tampa Bay and being talked about on the podcast, and how much of an impact he can and will have in Montreal once he starts playing.

Finally, the gang discusses Mike Smith heading to Calgary, which PON member would be exposed in a podcast expansion draft and generally have a lot of fun on a loose show as summer approaches.

And at the end of the episode (after the rock and roll), we throwback to Episode #53, where the “COUPLA BUCKS” story originates!

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Episode #152 – Sid The Kid Catfishes Smashville

Back to back champs in Steel Town, an incredible feat to say the least in the Cap Era, but the Pittsburgh Penguins did it!

Ryan, Dave and P Mac gather at Dave’s apartment this week after watching game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins go back to back for the first time in the NHL in twenty years. Sid wins another Conn Smythe trophy (back to back, notice a trend) and the Penguins do it with a ramshackle defence once again!

They discuss PK’s comments, tweets, antics before game 5 and just what type of affect he had on Crosby and the rest of the Penguins. Subban was shut down by the team when it came to media availability immediately following Game 5, so perhaps this was a problem behind the scenes.

They also discuss Brian Burke’s interesting comments about the Calgary Flames’ desires for a new downtown rink and the backlash from City Hall and the Mayor of Calgary.

They go on to discuss the failed Abbotsford Heat, another hockey project paid for with public money and Dave suggests that maybe, just maybe, Sidney Crosby is one of the top three players of all time!

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Episode #151 – Mouthwash & Catfish

PK’s got mouthwash for Sid the kid and the Nashville Predators fans are the stars of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final

A FULL BENCH is on the podcast this week. They’re discussing the Sidney Crosby/PK Subban bad breath nonsense and Dave gives his opinion on PK’s gift bag of dental hygiene products for Sid before game 4. Is it wise to give the Penguins’ bulletin board material? Or did the end result of game 4 suggest that PK can get away with it and not affect the Predators?

They also discuss the rumours of Alex Ovechkin being traded, possibly to Calgary and which teams will stomach some bad contracts in exchange for draft picks.

They talk about the Vancouver Canucks getting Columbus’ 55th overall pick in exchange for hiring John Tortorella, discuss who will be their goalie(s) next season and if… or when Thatcher Demko makes his NHL debut during the 2017/18 Canucks season.

Finally, the gang jokes about Kevin Weekes time in Vancouver, discuss the possibilities of trading Chris Tanev and maybe picking up a bad contract of their own!

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Episode #150 – PK’s Cult Of Personality

This week’s cold open is an iTunes review from Brian McGee of Fargo, ND. We loved it so much, we had to open the show with it.

The Stanley Cup Final is here! Nashville vs Pittsburgh Game 1 begins in the midsts of this week’s podcast with Ryan, Geeta and our black ace Stu Walters of TSN 1040. We gather this week to talk all about the yellow Final of 2017.

They give their Stanley Cup predictions and discuss the storylines going into the Final. From Nashville’s defence and rock solid goaltending, to those two guys in Pittsburgh with the big numbers who appear to be amazing at hockey.

They discuss PK Subban’s recent media spotlight, John Scott’s comments and share their thoughts on the Montreal/Nashville trade and how and why Montreal made the deal. Maybe PK’s personality didn’t jive with the Montreal core and dressing room. It appears to be doing great things in Nashville… the same maybe cannot be said for Shea Weber.

Finally, the gang discusses the Vancouver Canucks recent signing of Philip Holm out of the IIHF World Championships. He played on the gold medal winning Team Sweden and was the one defensemen without NHL rights. Canucks fans see this as a total win for the team as they’re able to land a sought after prospect.

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Episode #149 – Ottawa Snoozefest

Ryan, Geeta and Black Ace Cole join you this week to discuss the ups and downs of the Eastern Conference Championship. From Guy Boucher’s unconventional tactics pulling his goalies, Marc-Andre Fleury losing his net to Matt Murray… again and quite possibly for a final time as the expansion draft looms.

They discuss the dull trap played by the Ottawa Senators and how affective it has been through two and a half rounds of the playoffs… but then the Penguins appeared to have awoken.

They also discuss throwing items on the ice. From octopi, to catfish, mallards and BC Salmons, there’s a tradition of playoff tomfoolery. They also discuss the uproar caused by Vancouver bar ‘The Pint’ offering free wings to people in Edmonton Oilers jerseys during their playoff run earlier this month.

They’re also discussing how quiet it is on the Canucks from. With the rookies in town training with Canucks coaches and a month until we learn who’s been exposed in the Vegas expansion draft, it is a dull time for Canuck fans. But they discuss the positives of the Larscheiders, the Vancouver Canucks supporters section that debuted earlier in the season at Rogers Arena and the positives they bring to the fanbase during a darker time.

Finally, they discuss Ryan Getzlaf’s $10,000 fine for use of a homophobic slur to an NHL referee. They discuss the magnitude of the word and what the penalty means for the league going forward.

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Episode #148 -Same Ol’ Capitals Situation

There are no former NHL’ers on the show this week, we’re back to regularly scheduled programming. But it’s a full bench this week, and the the gang has a lot of fun!

Ryan, Dave, P Mac and Geeta gather at her palatial estate this week as Game 2 of the Penguins/Senators series wraps up. They discuss Marc-Andre Fleury’s resurgence, the chances of him heading to Vegas and what this latest playoff run does for his legacy.

They also discuss the same thing we see every year, the Washington Capitals being bounced in the second round. Do you trade one of the big two? Add in some new support cast characters? Maybe a new coach? Three Presidents Trophies, four head coaches and no third round appearance. What would YOU do?

Jake Virtanen is playing inline hockey for Team Canada, Travis Green is the head coach and Jim Benning’s new lust for “North American Heart”. They catch up on the Vancouver Canucks’ offseason.

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Finally, the gang opens a great gift from loyal listener Jyrki21 and discuss the Seattle Thunderbirds’ first WHL Championship and Ryan’s scouting report on NY Islanders first round prospect Mathew Barzal!

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Episode #147 – Kirk McLean’s Two Pad Stack

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Captain Kirk is on the podcast this week! He joins Ryan, Geeta and P Mac to talk about his impressive NHL career. He’s a solid replacement for Dave, who was out playing his beer league championship game the night we recorded.

Kirk discusses the tough season in which he was traded from Vancouver to Carolina…and then to Florida. The difference in the hockey markets. Going from a rabid Canadian market to the Carolinas and eventually to the sun belt, we ask what kind of toll that takes on a professional hockey player.

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They discuss the difference in coaching styles between Pat Quinn and Iron Mike Keenan in the unfortunate 1997/98 Vancouver Canucks season and eventually, the positives that came out of playing for the New York Rangers to end out his career.

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They ask if there were any hard feelings from the 1994 Stanley Cup run that resurfaced when Mark Messier, Iron Mike or the rest of the New York Rangers resurfaced later in his career.

Finally, they discuss the positive impact of Pat Quinn on that early 90’s Canucks team, discuss Jake Allen’s struggles with St. Louis this season and the dynamic of the dressing room at the time. From the leaders of the team, to which Courtnall brother was the biggest prankster on the team.

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Episode #146 – Kyle Wellwood & The Ketchup Hockey League

Kyle Wellwood joins the podcast this week to discuss the KHL, his time with the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

He joints a full bench and Ryan, Geeta, Dave and P Mac welcome Kyle to the palatial estate with open arms to discuss the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, his brief stint in the KHL and of course, asked by Geeta, the time he was traded for Jason Spezza in the OHL.

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He discusses the Canucks locker room dynamics, Alain Vigneault’s coaching style and the rocky start to his time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Finally, they discuss the HeadCheck App he and his brother Eric have invested in and how beneficial it can be for athletes after suffering a concussion.

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Episode #145 – Jack Eichel Throwing Batteries

The second round is here, the Senators are sticking around and Jack Eichel felt like he wanted a new head coach, so he got one!

Ryan, Dave and Geeta gather this week to discuss the interesting decision to fire Sabres GM Tim Murray and head coach ‘Disco’ Dan Bylsma after comments made regarding Jack Eichel’s future in Buffalo as well as negative comments from Ryan O’Reilly.

They also discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs falling in six games to the Washington Capitals in a series that was much closer than it should have been. The Ottawa Senators however took care of the Boston Bruins in six games, and Dave has some scathing comments for their less than classy fan base following the loss. The latest instalment of sore wining by the Bean Town faithful.

Finally, they give their second round picks, Ryan gives a bold prediction of a future Colorado/Chicago trade. Being swept in the first round leads to some rash decisions!

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Episode #144 – Dart Guy & The Curse of Brooks Laich

“Aren’t they supposed to be good?” The common question hockey fans are asking themselves watching the first few games of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ryan, Dave and Geeta join you this week to discuss Zack Kassian’s resurgence in Edmonton. Playing like his boyhood idol, Todd Bertuzzi, he is finally making the impact everyone believed he had the potential for. But a rough time in Vancouver and Montreal caused a bit of a derail of those plans and aspirations.

They also discuss the problems the Washington Capitals are facing taking on the red hot, young as hell Toronto Maple Leafs and maybe that Brooks Laich trade last season caused some bad karma for the Capitals.

They talk about the problems in Chiacgo right now and Dave discusses the problems facing good guy “players’ coaches” in the playoffs. Guys like Bruce Boudreau, AV and Gully, while the angry snap shows are showing success!

Finally, the gang discusses Dart Guy, all things Maple Leafs and the fantastic success in Pittsburgh and their tremendous NCAA scouting.

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