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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.