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This is The Hockey News Podcast. Each week we’ll bring our experts together, along with special guests, to talk about all the important issues in the hockey world.

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    Stanley Cup Playoff Jambalaya

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 50:54

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy: - Would John Tortorella be a fit in Philadelphia? - The Calgary Flames' struggles - Updated Conn Smythe predictions - Andrei Vasilevskiy's dominance - MySpace bands And so much more!

    Second-Round Stanley Cup Playoff Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 54:25

    Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis look at the stars of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, recent coaching changes and look ahead to what should be a wild second round of action.

    The Hockey News Podcast: All Aboard the Playoff Hype Train

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 48:35

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis: - Have the playoffs been exciting enough, despite the blowouts? - Will Colorado's early playoff series win help or hurt them? - What positives can the Preds take out of the season? - The biggest surprises of the playoffs - What changes could be made to the post-season - Jonathan Huberdeau's future in Florida And more!

    The Hockey News Prospect Podcast: U-18 Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 30:19

    This week on the Prospect Podcast with Ryan Kennedy - The standouts from the U-18 World Championship - Who helped their draft stock the most - Should Canada go for a development team program format for tournaments? - Which overage players do you need to watch? - Who will win the Memorial Cup - Is Michael Misa the real deal? And more!

    Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: First-Round Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 42:52

    Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis take a look at the eight first-round playoff matches, giving predictions and looking at the x-factors for the top contenders.

    The NHL's Stretch Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 51:08

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis: - Which lower-ranked team would you NOT want to face in the playoffs? - Who was the biggest breakout player? - Who had the best comeback season? - Can Vegas do anything to address its goaltending? - Which players have stood out at the U-18 World Championship? And more!

    The Hockey News Podcast: This is Where Things Get Interesting

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 58:32

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis: - Who has been the best trade deadline acquisition? - Who won college free agency? - Which lottery team would you like to be heading into the summer? - Should we be worried about Carolina? - Who should win the Selke? - If Vegas misses the playoffs, what's next? And much more!

    Prospect Podcast: College Fun

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 26:35

    This week on The Hockey News Prospect Podcast with Ryan Kennedy: - Looking back at the NCAA Frozen Four - The future ahead of Owen Power and Bobby Brink - Making Future Watch - The great defense battle of the 2022 draft - Dryden McKay And much more!

    The Fight for the Hart Trophy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 53:52

    - So much talk about MVP candidates this season, namely Matthews and McDavid. But with how dominant Josi has been, are we overlooking him? - Is Ryan Getzlaf a Hall of Famer? - What's one pre-season prediction we got absolutely and utterly incorrect? - What do you do in Vegas if the Knights miss the playoffs? - Carey Price is on the verge of returning. When it comes to comebacks in the NHL, what was the most memorable one for you? - Cole Caufield - thoughts on how he has rebounded on his ro And much more!

    Lacrosse Goals for Everyone

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 56:46

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis: - Let the kids show their skill - The Keith Yandle situation - Josh Norris' next contract - Fun dynamic duos in hockey - Jack Hughes - Are 50-goal seasons still special? And much more!

    The Great Norris Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 55:26

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis - Eugene Melnyk's legacy - Could Giroux be a fit for Ottawa? - Which NHL teams look the best coming out of the trade deadline - Updated Stanley Cup picks - Big signings by a trio of Canadian teams - Quinton Byfield - The Western Conference playoff race And more!

    2022 NHL Trade Deadline Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 31:05

    Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis break down the NHL trade deadline, looking at some of the top moves and which teams made the best moves from one of the craziest weeks in hockey.

    Prospect Podcast:

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 28:59

    Ryan Kennedy returns for this week's Prospect Podcast to talk about: - The strength of the 2023 NHL draft - Ty Nelson - Brad Lambert - How early NHL teams scout players - What the Ducks get in Drew Helleson - Ivan Miroschnichenko - NCAA Free Agents And more!

    2022 NHL Trade Deadline Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 51:49

    Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis break down the biggest names and storylines leading up to the NHL trade deadline, including where some fits for some of the top players.

    What Would it Take for a Goalie to be the NHL MVP?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 51:42

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis: - What will Patrik Laine's next contract look like? - The top landing spots for Marc-Andre Fleury - Auston Matthews is currently on pace for 59 goals. Can he hit 60? - What to make of Tim Stutzle's career so far - Eichel is still trying to get his footing back, but he's looking good. Assuming the team can stay healthy, is Vegas a real Cup contender? - What would it take for a goalie to win the Hart? And more!

    Playoff Race is Heating Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 55:37

    - Sanctions have been placed against Russia and Belarus – what to make of it. - Who should host the 2023 WJC? - The Vancouver Canucks have had a wobbly season. But they're still in playoffs contention. Do they try and go for a post-season run or do they focus on the future? - Fleury is the obvious top goalie to be traded, but what other goalies are you keeping an eye on right now for the deadline? -Do we need to revisit the Calder Trophy race? Matthew Boldy is a point-per-gamer while Michael Bunting is a point behind rookie points leader Lucas Raymond. -How much faith do we have in Edmonton making the playoffs? -What does Winnipeg do? The Jets have gotten slightly worse since Paul Maurice resigned - When does a player become a veteran? - Is Jack Campbell a true No. 1 goalie? And more!

    Prospect Podcast: Wright, Slafkovsky, Goaltenders and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 31:58

    This week on The Hockey News Prospect Podcast with Ryan Kennedy: - Is Shane Wright still the No. 1 prospect? - Which prospects stood out in Beijing? - The teams with the top goalie prospect systems - Will NHL teams be reluctant to send players to the World Junior Championship in August? - Nick Robertson's return to the AHL And more!

    A Message from Matt Larkin

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 0:47

    Matt Larkin shares a message for listeners of The Hockey News Podcast.

    Are the Flames Elite Cup Contenders Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 47:51

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - Previewing the 2022 Olympic women's gold-medal game between Canada and USA: who wins? - Does anything need to change in the women's Olympic format to make the event more competitive? - The Calgary Flames acquire Tyler Toffoli. Are they true Stanley Cup contenders now? Are the Montreal Canadiens beginning a scorched-earth rebuild? - What will Martin St-Louis' impact be as Habs coach? - What contender needs to pull a Calgary and make a major upgrade for the stretch run? - What should we expect from Jack Eichel's debut as a Vegas Golden Knight? Is Vegas pulling a Kucherov caper with Mark Stone on LTIR? - Listener mailbag, including: Johnny Gaudreau for Hart? And more!

    2022 Men's Olympic Tournament Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 54:14

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: We preview the 2022 men's Olympic hockey tournament in Beijing. - Breaking down every team in Group A, B and C: likes, dislikes and overall outlook - Predicting the gold-medal matchup - Listener questions, including: what changes would we make to the World Cup of Hockey format? And more!

    Fantasy Podcast: Team Husso or Team Binnington?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 39:24

    This week on The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin: - Recommended pickups for shallow, medium and deep leagues. Is it time to grab Ville Husso in all formats? - Fantasy tip of the week: Be Don Draper - Starting Lineup: Greatest movie moments - Answering listener questions on topics such as: (a) Should you target Patrik Laine for a trade in a keeper league? (b) Should you sell high on Alex Ovechkin? (c) What's the coolest fantasy-league format? (d) Which player will soon get a fantasy boost from a real-life trade? (e) What will Jack Eichel's return do to Chandler Stephenson's fantasy value? And much more!

    The Hockey News Mid-Season Mailbag 2021-22

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 51:23

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's the special mid-season mailbag edition! Our listener-generated topics include: - What are some realistic goalie-trade targets for the Edmonton Oilers? - How do you define Alexis Lafreniere's career to date? - Which teams would be good fits for Jeff Petry? - What is the best hockey video-game of all-time? - What is your strangest press-box story? And many more!

    Will Hockey Ever Really be 'For Everyone'?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 46:56

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - In light of incidents involving the use of racist gestures against Boko Imama and Jordan Subban, is hockey back to square one in the battle against racism? Will we ever see a zero-tolerance structure put into place for racist behavior? - Keith Yandle ties Doug Jarvis' ironman record at 964 consecutive games and is about to break it at 965. How significant is Yandle's accomplishment? Is it more or less impressive than Jarvis doing it in his era? - Reactions to the Team Canada men's Olympic roster announcement - The Canucks name Emilie Castonguay assistant GM, days after hiring Rachel Doerrie as an analyst. What changes will the Canucks bring to their organization by breaking the mold and choosing women for prominent front-office roles? - Gradually getting healthier, the Penguins are one of the hottest teams in the league. How do they overcome their injuries so frequently? Can we trust them to make a deep post-season run? - Is it time to blow up the freefalling Philadelphia Flyers? - Listener mailbag: What's the most unbreakable NHL record? And more!

    Fantasy Podcast: the Elias Pettersson Problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 43:50

    This week on The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin: - Recommended pickups for shallow, medium and deep leagues - Fantasy tip of the week: Take stock of your weaknesses - Starting Lineup: Best sports movies of the 2000s - Answering listener questions on topics such as: (a) Should I trade Jonathan Huberdeau for Alex Ovechkin, Mikko Rantanen or David Pastrnak? (b) How much does contract status matter when evaluating players for keeper leagues? (c) What do you do if you're an Elias Pettersson owner? (d) Which under-the-radar goalies have league-winning upside in the second half? (e) Tuukka Rask's rest-of-season impact in Boston (f) How to handle players on your roster involved in real-life trade rumors And much more!

    What Will Kent Hughes Bring as Habs GM?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 52:09

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast with senior writers Matt Larkin and Ryan Kennedy: - The Montreal Canadiens name Kent Hughes GM. What will the longtime agent bring to the franchise? - Can the Edmonton Oilers, owners of two six-game losing streaks this season, stop the bleeding? There's no doubting his talent, but is McDavid failing the sport as a role model? - In light of Reid Boucher's shocking sexual assault guilty plea, should USA Hockey be taking more responsibility for what happened? - The PHF more than doubles its salary cap, lifts minimum salary to $30,000 plus. Does this announcement bring us closer to a unified women's super-league? - Predicting a landing spot for Dallas Stars defenseman and trade candidate John Klingberg - Is Brad Marchand already a Hall of Famer? - Listener mailbag, including: What should the Detroit Red Wings do at the trade deadline? And more!

    Which Team Will Take a Risk on Evander Kane?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 48:56

    - After the San Jose Sharks terminate his contract, Evander Kane hits the open market. Which teams might take a chance on him? Should any teams take a chance on him? - Marc Bergevin gets a job with the Los Angeles Kings after less than two months of unemployment, while Logan Mailloux is reinstated with the London Knights. Why is hockey culture forgiving them so quickly? - With NHLers no longer going to the 2022 Beijing Olympics, which team is the favorite on the men's side? - Updating our Stanley Cup picks as 2021-22 reaches its midway point - With 10-plus teams interested in Jakob Chychrun, which teams are the ideal fits for a trade? - Can Hockey Diversity Alliance's new campaign make a major impact without the NHL participating as a partner?

    Storytellers with Ian Pulver: Denny Lambert

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 24:02

    Denny Lambert is a First Nations police officer with the Anishinabek Police Service and an area scout for the Sudbury Wolves. But before that, Lambert, a member of the Batchewana First Nation, Lambert played over 500 games in the NHL, boasting a hard-nosed playing style that showed he was willing to work extra hard to make his dreams come true. Denny shares some great insight and advice on the lessons he learned along the way, in his career and in life.

    Reacting to the Cancellation of the World Junior Championship

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 17:24

    Steven Ellis and Tony Ferrari break down the news of the cancellation of the World Junior Championship and what happens next.

    Storytellers with Ian Pulver: Aaron Sims' Love for the Game of Hockey

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 6:49

    Ian Pulver caught up with Aaron Sims, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Admirals, to talk about his career, the sport he loves why the city of Milwaukee is great for hockey.

    The Hockey News Prospect Podcast: 2022 World Junior Championship Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 56:53

    This week on the Prospect Podcast, Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis will break down the upcoming World Junior Championship, previewing every team and who you need to watch in Alberta later this month.

    Should the NHL Declare a COVID-19 Crisis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 50:46

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - Roughly 17 percent of the NHL player population has contracted COVID-19 this season alone. Is time for the league to tighten up its safety measures and revert to stricter protocols? - Was the Zegras-to-Milano Michigan goal really "bad for the game," as John Tortorella claimed? - Connor Bedard joins rare company, makes Canada's world junior squad at 16. What should we expect from him in the tournament? - Mike Milbury tables the idea that Boston should trade Patrice Bergeron. Why would the Bruins ever consider it? - After scary hits to Jujhar Khaira and Jacob MacDonald in the past week, is it time to adjust the NHL rulebook to crack down on head contact? - Listener mailbag: Our best and worst interview stories And more!

    Storytellers Featuring Ian Pulver: Joe Birch, from the Ice to Front Office

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 17:01

    Joe Birch started as an OHL player with the Kitchener Rangers in 1995 and now acts as the team's COO. From the ice to the board room, Birch shares insight on his journey along the way and the lessons he learned. In addition, Birch has some advice for listeners who want to get into the hockey business.

    Prospect Podcast: It's Zegras Fever, Baby

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 28:30

    This week on the Prospect Podcast with senior writer Ryan Kennedy: - Trevor Zegras is amazing - Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen still has good potential - Thoughts on Canada's WJC team and Brandt Clarke - Detroit's chances at a 1-2-3 in the Calder Trophy race - Luke Evangelista's NHL future - Bedard vs. Michkov And more!

    Big Changes in Vancouver and Philly

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 42:55

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - Will new Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau get them back on track? Who is the ideal candidate to replace Jim Benning as GM? - Who is the best replacement for Alain Vigneault as Philadelphia Flyers coach if Mike Yeo is only a short-term stopgap? - Robin Lehner pulls out of the 2022 Olympics due to COVID-19 quarantine concerns. Will other players follow suit? - Did the NHL Department of Player Safety get it right giving Jason Spezza a bigger punishment than Neal Pionk's? - Naming our Hart Trophy picks so far this NHL season - Listener mailbag: are the New York Rangers for real? And more!

    The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast: Cash Out on Nazem Kadri?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 29:46

    This week on The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin: - Recommended pickups for shallow, medium and deep leagues - Fantasy tip of the week: Search for early-season anomalies - Starting Lineup: Best foods only available in Canada - Answering listener questions on topics such as: (a) Is it time to cut Tomas Hertl or Sam Reinhart? (b) Better keeper: Troy Terry or Seth Jarvis? (c) Trade or hold Jack Eichel? (d) Should you sell high on Nazem Kadri? (e) How can I make myself more engaged managing my team? (f) Better keeper for the next five years: Adam Fox or Cale Makar? And much more!

    How Do You Fix the Montreal Canadiens?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 45:05

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - How would we fix the Montreal Canadiens, and whom should they hire as their next GM? - Evander Kane clears waivers, and his agent claims multiple teams have interest in trading for him. Is it true? And which fits would be best? - The Ottawa Senators waive struggling goaltender Matt Murray. Is this the end of his NHL career as we know it? - Do the Los Angeles Kings actually believe Brendan Lemieux is a better teammate than Brady Tkachuk? - The Toronto Maple Leafs are 14-2-0 in their past 16 games. Are they finally for real, or does nothing matter until they win a playoff series?

    Storytellers with Ian Pulver: James Boyd on Building a Great Junior Hockey Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 10:00

    Ian Pulver met up with Ottawa 67s GM James Boyd to talk about turning his junior hockey career into a university degree, coaching in the Ontario Hockey League and building Canada's next World Junior Championship team.

    The Hockey News Prospect Podcast: Early World Junior Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 24:25

    Senior writer Ryan Kennedy returns with the prospect podcast, tackling topics such as: - Connor Bedard - Early World Junior Championship favorites - William Eklund - The Calder Trophy Race - Owen Power and more!

    Can the Vancouver Canucks be Saved?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 47:32

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The Vancouver Canucks sit seventh in the Pacific Division after 16 games. What needs to change – or who needs to go – to get the team back on track? - The NHL postpones three Ottawa Senators games due to 10 players being in COVID-19 protocol. Will the league consider pulling out of the Olympics by the Jan. 10 deadline? - The NHL's latest Hall of Fame class has completed its induction. Who has the best chance to join the shoo-in Sedin twins in the 2022 class? - Tuukka Rask appears at the Boston Bruins' training facility. Will he rejoin the Bruins this season, join a new team or do neither? - Which players, if any, are struggling to the point they could be losing Olympic roster spots? - Matvei Michkov, 16, turns heads at the Karjala Cup. What superstar does he compare to? - Listener mailbag, including: Why does Sidney Crosby always escape supplemental discipline? And more!

    Storytellers Featuring Ian Pulver: Olli Jokinen's Journey to Coaching

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 18:29

    In this edition of Storytellers, Ian Pulver caught up with Olli Jokinen in Jukurit, Fin. where Jokinen currently coaches in the top Finnish league. Jokinen, played over 1,200 games in the NHL and won three Olympic medals with the Finns, among other major career accomplishments. Jokinen learned from and played for some legendary coaches, including three Sutter brothers, Mike Keenan, John Tortorella and Ken Hitchcock. Jokinen has brought his own style of coaching to Jukurit – a very disciplined, but a player-first brand of coaching. Jokinen's goal is to become the first Finnish-born head coach in the NHL.

    Fantasy Podcast: Should You Sell High on Lucas Raymond?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 32:38

    This week on The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin: - Top waiver-wire pickups for shallow, medium and deep leagues - Strategy tip of the week: Strive for roto balance - Starting Lineup: Best interview subjects - Taking listener questions on pool topics such as: (a) Should you cash in on Lucas Raymond or hold him? (b) Under what conditions is Taylor Hall droppable? (c) What rules are deal-breakers in keeper-league formats? (d) Should you drop Semyon Varlamov for Carter Hart? (e) Who is fantasy's biggest disappointment so far this season? (f) How patient should you be with Nick Suzuki? And much more!

    Who Replaces Jack Eichel on the Trade Block?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 53:50

    - Grading the Jack Eichel trade for the Vegas Golden Knights and the Buffalo Sabres - With Eichel dealt, who takes over as the hottest name in the trade-rumor mill now? - Did Jeremy Colliton deserve to be fired as the Chicago Blackhawks' head coach? - What will happen to Don Fehr now that the NHLPA board has approved an independent investigation into how Kyle Beach's allegations were handled in 2010? - Alex Ovechkin catches Brett Hull for fourth all-time in goals. Will Ovechkin catch Wayne Gretzky for No. 1? - What is the biggest on-ice surprise after one month of the NHL season? - Listener questions, including: should the Boston Bruins be buyers or sellers? And more!

    Will Hockey Learn from its Failure to Support Kyle Beach?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 48:43

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - Following a presser in which the NHL addressed Kyle Beach's sexual assault allegations against Brad Aldrich, do we trust the NHL to make meaningful changes and support victims going forward? - Why was Kevin Cheveldayoff allowed to stay on as Winnipeg Jets' GM, and do we put much weight into Mark Chipman's mission statement? - The the Montreal Canadiens make the right decision sending Cole Caufield to the AHL? - The New York Rangers re-sign Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox for seven years at a $9.5-million AAV. A good deal for both sides? - Have we ever seen a team tank as brazenly as the 2021-22 Arizona Coyotes? - Listener questions, including: is Zdeno Chara finished? And more!

    Is it Time for the Maple Leafs to Panic?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 46:17

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The Chicago Blackhawks are the first team in 40-plus years to go six games without holding a lead to open a season. Are they fixable? Do they need a coaching change? - The Toronto Maple Leafs stumble to a 2-4-1 start. Is it time to panic, or is it much ado about nothing? - Connor McDavid opens his season with 13 points in five games. How many will he finish with in 2021-22? - Canada narrows its list of men's Olympic goaltending candidates to six. Who are the best bets to make the team for Beijing? - Listener questions, including: Is McDavid the best player of all-time if we don't adjust for era? And more!

    Will Tampa Pull Another Salary-Cap Stunt?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 42:54

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - One week into the NHL season, what early overreaction storyline actually matters? - The NHL suspends San Jose Sharks left winger Evander Kane 21 games for violating COVID-19 protocols. Has Kane played his last NHL game? - Star right winger Nikita Kucherov is out long-term with a lower-body injury. Will the Tampa Bay Lightning exploit his absence for salary-cap wizardry just like they did last season? - Jimmy Hayes' parents reveal he had cocaine and fentanyl in his system when he died. Does the NHL do enough to protect its athletes when they stop playing? - Listener questions, including: How much leash does Carter Hart have left as the Philadelphia's No. 1 goaltender? And more!

    Fantasy Podcast: This Year's League-Winning Pickup Is…

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 38:56

    Disclaimer: Matt's mic had some issues to begin, but was fixed after the initial segment. This week on The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin: - Top waiver-wire pickups for shallow, medium and deep leagues - Strategy tip of the week: be open-minded early on - Starting Lineup: Best TV shows of the NHL off-season - Taking listener questions on pool topics such as: (a) Which goalies are better in fantasy: high-volume workhorses or great platoon goalies on great teams? (b) Which surprise opening-night roster invitees are on the fantasy radar? (c) Joel Eriksson Ek or Josh Norris? (d) Which are the best rookies to roster in 2021-22? (e) How do you make a Connor McDavid for Nathan MacKinnon trade fair? (f) Which undervalued player will deliver the most fantasy value this season? And much more!

    How to Solve the Brady Tkachuk Dilemma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 43:41

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The Ottawa Senators are on the verge of starting their season without star RFA left winger Brady Tkachuk. What must GM Pierre Dorion due to get Tkachuk signed? - The Montreal Canadiens sign center Nick Suzuki to an eight-year contract at a $7.875-million AAV. Who wins the deal? - The Seattle Kraken name defenseman Mark Giordano captain. Does it make sense to give the 'C' to a pending UFA? - The New York Rangers sign center Mika Zibanejad to an eight-year extension at an $8.5-million AAV. Was it a smart decision? - The Toronto Maple Leafs will open 2021-22 minus center Auston Matthews (wrist) and left winger Ilya Mikheyev (thumb). Are they in danger of stumbling out of the gate? - Ten women will work as officials in the AHL this season. How long until we see women officiating NHL games? - Listener mailbag, including: how will the Montreal Canadiens fare without Carey Price? And more!

    Is Robin Lehner the Hero Hockey Needs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 45:03

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner calls out the NHL on several controversial topics, from distributing drugs to the Buffalo Sabres' handling of injuries. Is what he's doing good for the sport? - Edmonton Oilers right winger Josh Archibald's season and career are in jeopardy due to myocarditis after he contracted COVID-19. Should we feel sorry for him, or is his cautionary tale important? - The Prince Albert Raiders apologize after unveiling a third jersey depicting a racist logo. Why do sports teams keep making the same mistakes? - Breaking down the new contracts for the Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes: thumbs up or thumbs down? - Finding meaningful storylines to get excited about from the NHL pre-season - Listener mailbag: Rocket Richard Trophy darkhorses And more!

    2021-22 Pacific Division Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 61:37

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's our 2021-22 Pacific Division Preview. We break down the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Seattle Kraken, Vancouver Canucks, and Vegas Golden Knights as follows: - Predicted place in standings - Likes - Dislikes - Overall outlook if a fan of that team stopped us in the street Plus, listener mailbag questions and more!

    2021-22 Metropolitan Division Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 60:48

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's our 2021-22 Metropolitan Division Preview. We break down the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals as follows: - Predicted place in standings - Likes - Dislikes - Overall outlook if a fan of that team stopped us in the street Plus, listener mailbag questions and more!

    2021-22 Central Division Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 59:53

    This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's our 2021-22 Central Division Preview. We break down the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets as follows: - Predicted place in standings - Likes - Dislikes - Overall outlook if a fan of that team stopped us in the street Plus, listener mailbag questions on which Central fanbase will be most disappointed, Vladimir Tarasenko's future and more!

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