Episode Michael Grabner (240): Bob Nicholson Blames Tobias Rieder for Oilers Situation. Mike Babcock Stirs It Up in Toronto.


Bob just before his foot was firmly planted in his mouth.

Bob Nicholson blames Tobias Rieder for the Oilers lack of success this year. What does this tell us about the Oilers’ management’s line of thinking? Elliotte Friedman chooses Toronto to troll this week by speculating on issues between Mike Babcock and Kyle Dubas. 

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  • Banter -Mike’s in California and sees Kareem Abdul Jabaar! Dale is back home in Stirling enjoying the cold
  • Bob Nicholson tells season ticket holders that it’s all Tobias Rieder’s fault
  • Is there a problem in Toronto?
  • Bruins continue to rip it up
  • Playoff races
  • Milestones
  • Hot  / Not 
  • DOPS are busy
  • Rathole – Ice markings

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers  Song: Out In L.A.

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Episode Doug Weight (239): Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Leafs allowing lots of goals. League-wide attendance.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The Maple Leafs continue to fall down early in games and paid for it this week. The Pulp Hockey Podcast called it quits this week. We look at league wide attendance and there are some surprises at the top and bottom.

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  • Banter -Mike returns from Orlando and to his proper microphone
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day
  • Belleville Senators update
  • Leafs continue to fall behind early in games – we look at the stats 
  • Is Frederick Andersen okay?
  • Friedman discusses Ken Holland and POHO for Oilers
  • McDavid on a tear
  • League wide attendance
  • Milestones
  • Hot  WSH/TBL  VGK/ARI Not BUF / LAK
  • Rathole – Harry Howell

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Clancy Brothers  Song: Whiskey You’re the Devil

FedEx ad as discussed last week.

Episode Boone Jenner (238): Ted Lindsay. Agitators vs. Enforcers. GM Meetings – Massive New Ideas! (Not really)


Ted Lindsay passed away this week. The GMs got together last week and had typically minor tweaks to discuss, while Bob Nicholson got all sorts of help on how to fix the Oilers. Inspired by an email, we discuss the role of agitators and enforcers. 

Ted Lindsay.

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  • Banter -Mike’s in Orlando where it is hot
  • Thanks to Steve Marowski for the email
  • Ted Lindsay passed away this week. 
  • The GM Meetings – what did they propose and what should they have proposed
  • Agitators vs Enforcers
  • Milestones
  • Hot  BOS/SJS/VGK Not OTT / LAK
  • Rathole – Ted Lindsay

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Flo. Rida Song: Our House

Episode Olaf Kolzig (237): NHL Playoff Races. Leafs Trounce Oilers. Flames Retire Iginla’s Sweater.


Mike witnesses the Leafs’ 6-1 pounding of the Oilers. The Flames retire Jarome Iginla’s sweater. Islanders fans welcome Tavares back to the Island. The Ottawa Senators fire Guy Boucher while the Belleville Sens keep their 17 game points streak alive. The Western Conference is really down to 4 teams while the East is still wide open.

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  • Banter -Leafs destroy the Oilers and Dale goes to the Sabres/Penguins game.
  • Hockey by Design poster
  • Title Player Olaf Kolzig
  • John Tavares returns to the Island and it’s fantastic
  • Guy Boucher fired by Senators
  • Belleville Senators have points in 17 straight and now tied for final playoff position
  • Playoff races
  • Compare pre-season predictions
  • Milestones
  • Hot  BOS/ARI  Not OTT / LAK
  • Rathole – Jarome Iginla

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Alex Song: Pyjama Song

Episode Matthew Barnaby (236): McDavid Suspension BS. Blue Jackets Make BIG Moves. Trade Deadline.


Mike is pissed about McDavid suspension. Columbus Blue Jackets make big moves acquiring Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa. Is Pierre Dorion going to have the most fun job in the NHL the next few years? Trade deadline speculation.

He’s innocent I tell you!

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  • Banter -Mike discusses Red Wings vs Blackhawks game he attended with a shoutout to Jeff and Chris Fahey in Windsor
  • Title Player Matthew Barnaby
  • Connor McDavid gets suspended for 2 games and Mike gives a nuanced opinion on the matter…
  • Lots of action as deadline approaches and we’re both loving the Columbus Blue Jackets’ approach
  • Will Winnipeg land Mark Stone?
  • Who else is going to be active leading up to the deadline?
  • How important is character?
  • Milestones
  • Hot  TBL / STL  Not OTT / ANA / VAN
  • Rathole – Most active deadlines

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Arkells Song: Oh, the Boss is Coming!

Episode Richard Brodeur (235): Belleville Sens and Bakersfield Condors are Streakin’! Oilers Trades. Is Puljujarvi About To Be Traded?


Mike and Dale are ecstatic about the play of the Belleville Senators. Jesse Puljujarvi a healthy scratch.  Is this the beginning of the end of his career as an Oiler? Bakersfield Condors win 15 straight. Is this a sign of good things ahead for Oilers?

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  • Banter -Mike buys a car.
  • Title Player Richard Brodeur
  • Mike says Elliotte Friedman is becoming a click-baiting troll.
  • Oilers and Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent use the media to engage in a bit of a spat.  Is he done as an Oiler?
  • Mike explains how the Oilers’ mishandling of JP went down and why.
  • Don Cherry should retire.
  • Milestones
  • Hot  PHI  STL Not  ANA , EDM, OTT
  • DOPS – Malkin lucky to get 1 game.
  • Rathole – Cleveland Barons

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens Song: Streets of Bakersfield

Episode Jason Strudwick (234): Auston Matthews Signs for 5 Years and Yet Dale is Angry.


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Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas stayed in the spotlight, signing Auston Matthews to a 5 year, $11.634 AAV deal. Mitch Marner, come on down, you’re the next contestant on the Maple Leafs salary cap game! Tampa Bay releases hideous third jerseys.

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  • Banter -Dale is angry about Title Player
  • Auston Matthews signs for $11.634 for 5 years
  • Leafs are in a cap crunch and we work through their options – who will stay and who will go?
  • Compare Pheonix Copley deal to Mikko Koskinen deal
  • Milestones
  • Hot  PHI  STL Not  ANA / NJD
  • DOPS – A parking ticket to JVR
  • Rathole – Broadcasters

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Nirvana Song: All Apologies