Episode Andreas Athanasiou (272): Coaches Code of Conduct. Oilers Just Holding On. Leafs Leafing.


With more stories coming out about Mike Babcock and with Marc Crawford suspended, we discuss where is the line for coaches? A code of conduct for coaches is in the works. The Oilers are battling through injury to stay atop the Pacific and the Leafs are treading water under Sheldon Keefe

Photo courtesy Jason Skope

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  • Banter: Belleville Sens are improving despite low crowds
  • Check out @PuckDuty the twitter account that celebrates the noble tradition of puck duty.
  • Title Player – Andreas Athanasiou
  • Marc Crawford suspended until investigation into allegations completed
  • Elliotte Friedman reporting that NHL will implement code of conduct for coaches
  • Where is the line for coaches drawn now?
  • Taylor Hall being shopped actively and lots of talk of him going to Edmonton
  • The NBA came out with radical schedule proposal – should the NHL do something different
  • Betting Update
  • Leafs update – looked better for a few games, but tapered off
  • Oilers update – just holding on as 5 on 5 play without McDavid continues to be an issue
  • Hot / Not – 
  • MILESTONES
  • DOPeS – Evander Kane and Ryan Johansen get parking tickets
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Incubus Song: Make a Move

Episode Dylan Larkin (271): Bill Peters Resigns After Using Racial Slurs. Leafs 3-1 in Sheldon Keefe Era.


After a week of turmoil, Bill Peters resigned as coach of Calgary Flames after Akim Aliu accused him of using racial slurs when he coached him in Rockford. The Leafs are 3-1 under Sheldon Keefe and seem to be enjoying hockey again. 

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  • Banter: Birthday wishes and HoBo planning
  • Title Player – Dylan Larkin
  • Bill Peters resigns after Akim Aliu allegations
  • Mike Commodore does not like Mike Babcock
  • TV Series ideas for Seattle franchise
  • Leafs update
  • Oilers update
  • Hot / Not
  • Stats update – McDavid leading points, Pastrnak leading goals
  • MILESTONES
  • DOPS – Kerfoot, Cernak and Bortuzzo get suspended
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Bob Marley Song: Redemption Song

Episode Alex Nylander (270): Mike Babcock Fired! Author Kirk McKnight.


In another HUGE news week in the NHL, Mike Babcock gets fired by the Maple Leafs. Was it deserved? Will Sheldon Keefe solve the puzzle? Author Kirk McKnight joins us to tell us about his latest book, Batting Clean, and discuss the Golden Knights.

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  • Banter: Break-ins and Christmas parties
  • Title Player – Alex Nylander
  • Mike Babcock fired. Had he lost the room? Had he called out his GM one too many times?
  • Kirk McKnight interview
  • Betting Update
  • Oilers
  • Predictions review at the 1/4 distance
  • Hot / Not
  • Stats update – Draisaitl/McDavid leading the charge in boxcars – Pastrnak scoring all the goals
  • DOPS – Garnet Hathaway – 3 games for spitting / Bortuzzo gets a hearing
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Neil Young Song: Hit the Road

Episode Nicklas Backstrom (269): Don Cherry Gets Fired From Hockey Night in Canada.


After refusing to walk back comments on the latest Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry gets fired by Sportsnet. We debate the issue, why Don decided this was the hill to die on and why Sportsnet decided this was a line crossed too far. Also, will Mike Babcock get fired this week?

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  • Banter: Arkells concert
  • Title Player – Nicklas Backstrom
  • Don Cherry firing – was it the right call? Why this time?
  • Hot / Not
  • Stats update – Draisaitl/McDavid leading the charge in boxcars – who leads the rate stats? 
  • Leafs update Will Babcock get fired?
  • DOPS – Oskar Sundqvist hits Gibson

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Arkells Song: Leather Jacket

Episode Mike Hoffman (268): Author Andrew Podnieks Discusses His New Book on Great Hockey Debuts. What’s going on with Dustin Byfuglien?


Author Andrew Podnieks discusses his latest book, The Greatest Weirdest Most Amazing NHL Debuts Of All Time. What’s up with Dustin Byfuglien? Leafs and Oilers updates. 

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  • Banter: Trailer Lights, the bane of my existence. 
  • Title Player – Mike Hoffman
  • Thanks to Jason Skope for hosting at Oilers vs Blue Jackets
  • Hockeystatcards.com
  • Betting Update – Mike making bank
  • Interview with Andrew Podnieks
  • Hot / Not
  • Leafs update
  • Oilers update
  • Milestones
  • DOPS
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Vance Joy Song: First Time

Episode Rickard Rakell (267): Sean Tierney from ChartingHockey.ca. Oilers 1st in NHL!


Sean Tierney of ChartingHockey.ca joins us to discuss analytics in hockey and the launch of the website. Oilers are in first and the Leafs are good, but the fans are worried. 

One of the cool charts you can find at charting hockey.ca

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  • Banter – Wings vs Canucks game
  • Feedback -lots this week
  • Interview – Sean Tierney of ChartingHockey.ca
  • Milestones
  • DOPS – not much to report
  • Rathole – Mike Gartner

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Lumivore Song: Swede

Episode T.J. Brodie (266): Oilers Still in 1st! John Carlson ahead of McDavid for points. What?


The Oilers finished the week 7-1 and the Leafs avoided some serious navel gazing by defeating the Bruins in OT. Jason Zucker is not happy with anyone on the Wild and he let them know it. Doughty rolled Matt Tkachuck and all the league rejoices.  Is hockey a weak or strong-link sport?

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  • Banter -New podcast with Ferraro and Friedman continues to troll Oilers fans
  • Feedback -CJ and @beller79
  • NEWS – Doughty vs Tkachuk 2.0 – Decision to Doughty
  • Zucker calls out his coach
  • BETTING UPDATE – Mike’s ahead of the game
  • HOT/NOT – 
  • Stats leaders
  • Leafs update
  • Oilers update
  • Is Hockey a Strong Link or Weak Link sport?
  • Milestones
  • DOPS
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Bess Rogers Song: Weak Link