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Episode #160 – City With No Chaput

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The Canucks are struggling, they can’t score goals, so they go to the farm and welcome back a familiar face and a favourite of former Coach Willie D.

Another full bench at Geeta’s palatial estate this week on a rainy Monday evening in Vancouver as Dave, Geeta, P Mac and Ryan discuss the slumping Vancouver Canucks. Their ice cold power play, extremely early season injuries and just who new head coach Travis Green and Jim Benning thought would be the best fit with the club.

They also discuss the mayoral election happening in Calgary during the recording that would likely decide the fate of the Flames’ new arena and discuss the worrisome yet winning Toronto Maple Leafs. Can Auston keep scoring goals every game to help his messy defence out?

The Vegas Golden Knights’ get Malcom Subban his first NHL win, against his former club, their Twitter gets them in hot water, and they’re off to a great start this season… but for how long!?

Finally, the gang gets into a HEATED debate about the Olympics, the NHL not going to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the chances of them going to the 2022 games and the NHL’s World Cup of Hockey. This was a good one!

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Episode #159 – Travis Green’s Brass Bonanza

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Hat tricks. EVERYWHERE! The first week of the 2017/18 NHL season was an eventful one. Four hat tricks scored on team’s opening nights, but more incredible: The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers, and left McDavid off the scoresheet.

Geeta, P Mac, Dave & Ryan join you this week. They’re talking about hat tricks, Ovechkin’s return to goal scoring superstardom and the Chicago Blackhawks lighting up the defending Stanley Cup Champions for TEN goals!

Ryan discusses his encounters with Edmonton Oilers fans on opening night at Rogers Arena, and discusses Travis Green’s first NHL win against the Oilers. They discuss Derek Dorsett’s new role, the controversial decision to sit Brock Boeser and the limited role for the Sedins… at least during this game.

They also discuss the ongoing arena problems in Calgary and how the situation has turned oddly political and they share their mutual love and admiration for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the early season excitement around the New Jersey Devils!

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Episode #158 – Into The Great Wide Open – ’17/18 NHL Season Preview

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The 2017/18 NHL Season is here and there’s a full bench to break down the new rules in the NHL and which teams to watch this season!

Ryan, Dave, P Mac and Geeta discuss the Pucks on net 10, ten teams to watch through out the season for good, bad, and ugly reasons. Who will make a charge for the Stanley Cup? Who will remain in the cellar? And which team will go from the outhouse to the penthouse?

They also discuss the new offside coach’s challenge rule changes, as well as how NHL referees will be calling slashing this season. A problem that plagued the league last season, especially in the playoffs.

Finally, Jaromir Jagr has a new home in Calgary! Will the beloved grizzled veteran help put the Flames over the top this year? Or just help sell tickets, #68 jerseys and mullet wigs?

The song played at the end of this episode is ‘Wildflowers’ by Tom Petty off his 1994 solo album ‘Wildflowers’. He passed away Monday, October 2nd 2017 shortly after this episode was recorded and it’s hard to find someone who’s life wasn’t affected by Tom Petty’s music.

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Episode #157 – Cam Kneely

NHL pre-season is in full boring swing, but all people want to talk about is kneeling during the anthems and visiting the White House.

Ryan, Dave and Geeta gather this week to discuss a couple things. Ryan asks if Alex Edler is actually very good? And puts a request into the fancy stats community to help him figure this out. They also discuss the pre-season games in China and whether they were successful or had much of an impact.

They discuss Joffrey Lupul’s Instagram controversy and if this long term injured reserve is a new way NHL teams can thwart the cap? They also discuss Shane O’Brien’s time in Vancouver and the ongoing problems in Colorado (mainly signing Nail Yakupov).

Finally, the gang discusses the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to visit the White House and the unusual timing shortly after The Golden State Warriors decided not to go (or were uninvited based on who you ask). They touch on anthem protests, and give their own opinions on what is disrespectful in the world of pre-game anthem protests in sports right now.

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Episode #156 – Keep Your Head Down Kid!

PON returns to the podcast airwaves for their 5th season! #PUCK5onNET – with a full bench no less! Ryan, P Mac, Dave & Geeta gather at Miss Reddy’s palatial estate to talk all about the NHL preseason and upcoming 2017/18 NHL season!

They discuss Brock Boeser’s impressive start to the preseason for the Vancouver Canucks, and look at the leaky young defence they put out against Las Vegas. It’s starting to look like all those veteran signings by Jim Benning are starting to make a bit more sense. They also discuss Jake Virtanen’s impressive offseason training, his new positive outlook and equally impressive health coming into training camp.

They also discuss the games in China between the Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings and the positive and negative affects it will have on the game and the players.

They also look at Joe Sakic’s Matt Duchene problem, the new goaltending tandem in Calgary and the Flames’ ongoing problems with the City of Calgary and their desires to get a new rink on the cheap!

Finally, the gang gives some bold 2017/18 predictions. Will the Canucks make the playoffs? Will the Blackhawks crash and burn? Only time will tell!

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Episode #155 – Boys (and Geeta) Of Summer

The season finale podcast is here! It’s a full bench at Geeta’s palatial estate and the gang is talking about free agency, the Canucks and the impending bliss that is summer in Vancouver!

Patrick Marleau is a Maple Leaf and the gang is divided on the signing. Who likes the addition of a veteran presence? Who thinks it’s too much money and too much term? You’ll have to listen to find out! Both make good points!

They discuss the Vancouver Canucks sensical additions of Sam Ganger, Michael Del Zotto and Anders Nilsson in goal. Some reasonable contracts for the Canucks during their rebuilding years. What will Sam Ganger mean for Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter? Will he play with the Sedins? and will the Del Zotto and Nilsson signings prevent the Canucks’ prospects from being rushed to the show? We sure hope so!

They also discuss Eddie Lack’s trade to Calgary, Philadelphia signing whatever goalie they come across first and keeping up with their over twenty year tradition of signing the worst possible goalies to tend the net in Philly.

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Episode #154 – Ghosts of Virtanen

The 2017 NHL Draft has come and gone, as has a dull and awkward 2017 NHL Awards and the Vancouver Canucks did some solid work on draft day!

Geeta, P Mac and Ryan are with you this week to discuss the awkward NHL Awards show and how the Hart Trophy presentation was overshadowed by Marc-Andre Fleury being selected by Vegas.

They discuss the Canucks’ 5th overall pick, Elias Pettersson, his impact in Sweden playing along side Canucks’ prospect Jonathan Dahlen and the much different approach the Canucks organization has taken to drafting players this years compared to years past. Did they learn a thing or two from the Virtanen draft? Have they decided to be geared more towards the skilled side of the game?

They also discuss the Penguins trading for Ryan Reaves on draft day, the ongoing problems and turnover in Arizona and the reunion tour being organized in Chicago. Saad, maybe Sharp, hell, what’s Jeremy Roenick upto these days?

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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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