The Hockey News
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.
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!
29 min 46 sec
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?
45 min 5 sec
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.
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!
24 min 25 sec
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!
47 min 32 sec
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.
18 min 29 sec
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!
32 min 38 sec
- 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!
53 min 50 sec
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!
48 min 43 sec
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!
46 min 17 sec
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!
42 min 54 sec
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!
38 min 9 sec
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!
43 min 41 sec
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!
45 min 3 sec
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!
1 hr 1 min
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!
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!
59 min 53 sec
Senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin break down all eight teams from the Atlantic Division and answer questions from listeners.
55 min 46 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The Montreal Canadiens have until Saturday to match the Carolina Hurricanes' one-year, $6.1-million offer sheet for Jesperi Kotkaniemi. What should Habs GM Marc Bergevin do? - Jack Eichel switches agents, hires CAA super-agent Pat Brisson. What impact will Brisson have on the Buffalo Sabres' chances of trading Eichel? - Predicting surprise snubs and invitees for the Canadian men's 2022 Olympic squad - Do the Canadian and American women's national teams, set to meet in the World Championship final, own the greatest rivalry in sports? - Has Matvei Michkov surpassed Connor Bedard in the 2023 draft-prodigy pecking order? - Listener mailbag, including: who are some other offer-sheet targets still dangling out there? And much more!
54 min 19 sec
Kim St-Pierre is the first female goaltender inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and is most remembered for her incredible play in the Salt Lake City finale in 2002 when the Canadian women brought back gold for the first time. She reminisces with Sami Jo Small about big games, great teammates, and lessons learned.
1 hr 2 min
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - Henrik Lundqvist retires. Where does he rank among the best all-time goaltenders? - Defenseman and reigning No. 1 overall draft pick Owen Powers opts for another year at Michigan rather than joining the Buffalo Sabres. Is it a smart decision? - Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov remain with their respective clubs but are still more likely than not to be traded. Which teams are the best fits? - More and more NHL teams are announcing plans to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests to attend games in 2021-22. Is the policy too lenient? - Hilary Knight sets the all-time goals record at the women's worlds. Where does she rank among greatest players ever? - Lightning round: predictions for the 2021-22 NHL season - Listener mailbag, including: which goalie younger than 25 is most likely to have his number retired someday? And more!
48 min 5 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writer Ryan Kennedy: It's a special all-mailbag edition for the dog days of summer! Listener questions include: - A rookie ready to shine - Are the Senators close to being a Stanley Cup contender? - Which player needs to have a make-it-or-break-it-year? - Who is the most underpaid goaltender right now? And more!
48 min 44 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin: It's a special all-mailbag edition for the dog days of summer! Listener questions include: - Will Tuukka Rask play in the NHL again? - Would the Oilers trade Leon Draisaitl if they don't improve in the next couple seasons? - Which teams would roll the dice on a Jack Eichel disk surgery? - Will Kirill Kaprizov really leave for the KHL? - What is Sean Monahan's trade value? And much more!
44 min 13 sec
On a special episode of The Hockey News Podcast, Chicago Blackhawks defensemen and brothers Seth and Caleb Jones join senior writer Matt Larkin to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Why Seth committed to the Blackhawks on a long-term deal - Their reactions to becoming teammates after both were traded this off-season - Training and living together - Seth's venture into the Hemp and CBD business as a brand ambassador for Uncle Bud's - The idea of becoming role models for the black hockey community as teammates - Rapid Fire Game: including trying to guess each other's EA Sports ratings And much more!
23 min 56 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin? - Evander Kane's wife Anna Kane accuses him of gambling on his own games and throwing games. If the NHL finds evidence to confirm his guilt, what is an appropriate punishment? - A few playoff contenders have been notably silent this off-season. Which fan bases should be particularly worried about their teams standing pat? - Jack Eichel's agents issue a statement claiming that the trade process isn't working and that he needs permission for surgery soon if he wants to recover for the 2021-22 season. What does Sabres GM Kevyn Adams do now? - Marc-Andre Fleury changes his mind and decides he'll play for the Chicago Blackhawks this coming season. Will they make the playoffs with him in their net? - No more David Krejci and perhaps no more Tuukka Rask. With few players left from their 2011 championship team, are the Bruins watching their Stanley Cup window close? - Listener mailbag, including: predicting the next captains for the six franchises with vacancies And more!
56 min 10 sec
On the latest Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - We run down the winners and losers as Day 1 of 2021 NHL free agency winds down. Which teams made the smartest moves? Which teams did too much or too little? - Which high-impact players are still available on the UFA market? And more!
40 min 59 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's a special preview episode on the eve of unrestricted free agency. Topics include: - Projected landing spots and/or bets fits for top UFAs from Dougie Hamilton to Philipp Grubauer to Blake Coleman and more - Top candidates to be overpaid - Top bargain candidates - Best cost-efficient targets for goalie-starved teams - Which Cup contenders should be most and least aggressive pursuing UFAs? - Listener mailbag, including: which RFA is most likely to receive an unmatchable offer sheet? And more!
51 min 33 sec
Which teams came out looking like geniuses? Which teams missed the mark? Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis break down the winners and losers from the 2021 NHL draft.
19 min 15 sec
Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis react to Day 1 of the NHL draft, including the winners on Friday, the Logan Mailloux pick and the trades that proceeded the action.
17 min 24 sec
How did the Seattle Kraken do at the NHL expansion draft? What's next for the league's newest franchise? Steven Ellis, Avry Lewis-McDougall, Nick Emanuelli and David Alter break down Wednesday's big event.
20 min 1 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's a special preview episode for the 2021 NHL entry draft, including: - Projecting the top five selections - Is the 2021 draft class relatively "weak"? - Will we see more busts and steals this year because of COVID-19's impact on scouting? - Who will be the steal of the draft in the mid-to-late rounds? - Predicting which prominent player(s) might get traded before or during the draft - An update on Logan Mailloux renouncing his draft status after his criminal conviction - Listener mailbag: Which team will make the biggest reach in the draft? And much more!
48 min 5 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: We preview the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, which takes place July 21. Topics include: - Should GM Ron Francis build a team that competes right away or one that will contend years down the road? - Which bad contracts might the Kraken be willing to acquire? - Who will be Seattle's starting goalie on opening night? - Which team is in the biggest pickle, forced to lose a good player to Seattle? - Will the Kraken make any hometown player selections? - Which players may be traded in the next week for expansion-draft reasons a la Viktor Arvidsson? - Listener mailbag, including: Which UFAs might Seattle target? Will any teams not meet their exposure requirements? And more!
49 min 52 sec
LaToya Clarke is one of the first elite Black players to make it far in the women's game. She captained the University of Minnesota to a national championship and went on to play pro hockey for seven seasons and even got to represent her country internationally. She went on to work in the hockey industry where she’s been thriving for more than a decade.
1 hr 13 min
The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup champions for the second consecutive season. Steven Ellis, Nick Emanuelli, Avry Lewis-McDougall and David Alter broke down what happened in Game 5 and all the biggest storylines coming out of the final.
18 min 4 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin and feature writer Ken Campbell: We preview the Stanley Cup final matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, assessing the teams in the following categories: - Offense - Defense - Goaltending - Special teams - Coaching - Intangibles Plus: predictions on a series winner, and more!
43 min 14 sec
It started with a call for interview subjects. It led to dozens and eventually snowballed to more than a hundred people from the LGBTQ+ community eager to share their experiences in hockey. Brock McGillis' #HockeyPride interviews will begin launching before the end of the month. He caught up with senior writer Matt Larkin to discuss his project, the state of inclusivity in hockey today, Carl Nassib coming out in the NFL and much more.
26 min 35 sec
This week on the Prospect Podcast with Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy: - How good has Cole Caufield been in his first Stanley Cup playoffs? - Vasili Podkolzin vs. Cole Perfetti - A current prospect proving people wrong - Over-valuing first-round picks - Hilarious prospect stories - The future in Detroit And more!
31 min 3 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin and feature writer Ken Campbell: - Have officials jumped the shark in their effort to control the game? What needs to change going forward? - The Coyotes and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson agree to explore trade options. Which team(s) could use him most? - Does Matthew Tkachuk really want out of Calgary? Which teams should line up with offers for him? - The Seattle Kraken are circling Rick Tocchet for their coaching vacancy. What type of bench boss is best for an expansion team? - Listener mailbag, including: What changes would we make to the NHL Awards? And more!
48 min 39 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The New York Rangers name Gerard Gallant as their new head coach. Is he the right hire? - The Colorado Avalanche went from seemingly unstoppable to dropping four straight to the Vegas Golden Knights and bowing out in Round 2. What should GM Joe Sakic do to get his team over the hump? - The Carolina Hurricanes give defenseman Dougie Hamilton permission to speak with other teams before free agency, setting up a potential sign-and-trade. Who should pursue him most aggressively? - Goaltender Tuukka Rask needs hip surgery and won't return until winter 2022. How does that affect his UFA future? Should the Boston Bruins still bring him back? - Seven seasons and three playoff series wins for the Winnipeg Jets under coach Paul Maurice. Is it time to part ways? - Listener mailbag: Why do the analytics and eye test clash so much with Seth Jones? And more!
1 hr 3 min
This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Ryan Kennedy and Ken Campbell: - How good are the Montreal Canadiens? - Vegas has squared its series with Colorado; who is the Golden Knights playoff MVP so far? - Are we ready to call the Bruins 'David Pastrnak's Team' yet? - Carolina is on the ropes against Tampa Bay. With Dougie Hamilton an upcoming UFA, do the Canes take a step back next year? - Taya Currie becomes the first woman drafted into the OHL - Mailbag questions And more!
51 min 50 sec
Cassie Campbell-Pascall was the captain of two gold medal-winning hockey teams and currently works as an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada. She talked to host Sami Jo Small about how to adapt to change, how to be a leader and how to get the most from a team. They delve into her career in broadcasting and the lessons she learned from her playing career that has served her throughout her life.
49 min 49 sec
The draft lottery was held earlier this week, with the Buffalo Sabres taking the No. 1 spot. Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy do a mock draft for the top 16 picks, and Ken Campbell interviews top prospect Matty Beniers about his season.
54 min 22 sec
Who will the Buffalo Sabres pick first overall at the 2021 NHL draft? Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy break down what happened at the draft lottery and who the Sabres might be interested in.
8 min 58 sec
The Winnipeg Jets swept Edmonton in round one. The Montreal Canadiens took Toronto to seven. One team is rested, one team is fully involved still. Who takes the series? Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin discuss.
4 min 47 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The Toronto Maple Leafs choke again, lose in opening round of post-season for fifth straight year. What do you do with this team if you're GM Kyle Dubas? - Breaking down Round 2 of the North Division bracket between the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens - With Seth Jones likely gone, do the Blue Jackets have no choice but to rebuild? - Gabriel Landeskog says Ryan Reaves, who earned a two-game suspension, is on a mission to hurt people. Is that true? - Listener mailbag, including: why do some players struggle so much more in the playoffs than the regular season? And more!
39 min 2 sec
The Avalanche struck first in Game 1, but there's still so much hockey to be played in what should be an intense series. Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin take a look at the top storylines to follow.
9 min 52 sec
One team is hot off of a Stanley Cup run. The other wants to become the next big powerhouse. Who'll win between Tampa Bay and Carolina? Ryan Kennedy and Ken Campbell discuss.
14 min 4 sec
This week on the podcast, NHL and MLB Network analyst Jon Morosi joined host Ian Pulver to chat about his dual career, which NHLers would be great and baseball and more. Morosi offers a unique perspective as he juggles the worlds of two professional sports better than anyone since Bo Jackson. Listen in as he details which NHL players he would choose to have in his baseball starting lineup, his favorite arenas to watch a game, and more stories from a long and busy career.
1 hr 9 min
The Bruins and Islanders are two hard-nosed teams coming off of strong first-round performances. Who has the edge in the second round? Ryan Kennedy and Ken Campbell break the series down.
12 min 8 sec
This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: - The Edmonton Oilers are stunningly swept by the Winnipeg Jets. What must this franchise do to start going deep in the playoffs and not waste the primes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl? - The Washington Capitals bow out quickly in Round 1. Is the contention window starting to close for this veteran team? - The Boston Bruins are 16-4-1 since acquiring Taylor Hall, including the playoffs. Are they the team to beat right now? - Does GM Jim Benning deserve another shot after a cursed season in Vancouver? Or do the Canucks need a new GM? - Listener mailbag, including: what does a realistic Sam Reinhart trade look like? And more!
56 min 54 sec