Episode Mark Stone (261): Mitchell Marner Signs! Training Camps Are Open and the RFAs are Signing.


As training camps open, the RFAs have started to sign, the largest of which was Mitch Marner who signed a 6 year, $10.839MM AAV deal with the Leafs. McAvoy, Provorov, Werenski and several other big names also signed this week and we cover it all in this episode. 

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  • Banter – Dale is in Chicago, Happy Anniversary
  • Mitchell Marner deal – $10.893MM x 6. 
  • Leafs paying out $113,000,000 in salaries in an $81.5MM cap league
  • Are Leafs fans happy?
  • Other signings – McAvoy, Provorov, Werenski, Morrissey, Zacha
  • Oilers update from camp
  • CBA – Will PA choose to open? 
  • New (old) Sweaters from Jets, Oilers, Flames
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Thin Lizzy Song: The Boys are Back in Town

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Episode Vladimir Sobotka (260): BIANCA ANDREESCU US OPEN CHAMP! McDavid is skating in Edmonton but will he be ready? Canes sign Gardiner.


Canadian Bianca Adreescu won the US Open and we’re very excited. Jake Gardiner signs with Hurricanes for $4.05MM – what a deal! McDavid is skating, but will he be ready for the season’s start? Oilers fans are nervous. How the Leafs are spending way more than the cap – and it’s not with LTIR. 

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  • Banter – Bianca Andreescu
  • Sens vs Jets rookie game
  • Feedback – @thomasWNY
  • Signings – Jake Gardiner, Joe Thornton, Clayton Keller, Riley Sheahan
  • Lucic loves him some old captains
  • Dustin Nielson from TSN1260 says Lucic was worse off the ice than he was on it
  • Comparing salaries vs AAV and how the Leafs are way over the cap. Are the players around the league pissed off at them? s
  • Rathole

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Episode Tyler Bertuzzi (259): NHL Rule Changes. What will Sabres do with Ristolainen. Sportsnet cuts to TV coverage.


Sportsnet makes sweeping changes to Canadian TV Coverage. The NHL changes the Coach’s Challenge and some other rules. Meanwhile there’s been some minor signings while everyone waits for Marner.  

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  • Banter – Dale had a tough week
  • Rasmus Ristolainen – what will the Sabres do
  • Sweeping changes at Sportsnet
  • Hurricanes unveil their new away sweater
  • Bill Guerin is the new Wild GM
  • Derek Brassard, Colin White and Pat Maroon sign contracts
  • Rule Changes
  • Kuznetsov Banned from IIHF play for cocaine use
  • Cathal Kelly is bad
  • Rathole

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Episode Steve Montador (258): CBA Concept – Paying the Players by Cap %. Laine Has Some Interesting Things to Say.


Another slow NHL news week so we have a good discussion on a CBA Concept in which the players are paid a % of the cap and not a set dollar amount. Thanks to CJ for the suggestion! Also, Patrick Laine had some interesting things to say in an interview with Chris Johnston. 

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  • Banter – Stirling Fair 
  • News 
  • Laine interview
  • Luongo Sweater Retirement
  • Oilers and Sabres release new sweaters
  • CBA concept – players negotiate a % of cap not a $ amount

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Episode Eric Manlow (257): Shattenkirk to Tampa Bay. Paul Fenton Fired. Would Marner Just Sign Please?


Things are slow as we’ve hit the mid-summer doldrums. That said, Kevin Shattenkirk did sign in Tampa Bay, Paul Fenton was fired by the Wild and we continue to hear rumours about Mitch Marner.  Also, we discuss, what’s the maximum sized rink an NHL team could support? 

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  • Banter – i
  • News 
  • Kevin Shattenkirk
  • Paul Fenton
  • Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Mitch Marner
  • How big an arena?

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Episode Sergei Zubov (256):Calgary Arena Debate. Clarkson Trade and LTIR Explained…Sort of. Luongo Cap Recapture Explained…Sort of.


Is the Calgary arena deal good for the city? Dale and I disagree.  Can anyone explain how the Leafs are using LTIR and the David Clarkson contract? We try. Dale was curious about the Luongo cap recapture calculation so went through it and debated whether he is a Hall of Famer.

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  • Banter – it’s hot in Southern Ontario. Pool maintenance.
  • News – Calgary comes to agreement on new arena – is it a good deal for the city?
  • Leafs trade for Clarkson contract – why?  What the hell is LTIR?
  • Luongo cap recapture explained.
  • Is Luongo a hall of famer?
  • What the hell is escrow and why does it piss players off?
  • Rathole  – Paul Kariya

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Tragically Hip Song: Thugs

Episode Keith Primeau (255): Holland the Wizard trades Milan Lucic for James Neal.


Mike is back from rafting in Idaho and Ken Holland pulls a rabbit out of his hat in trading Milan Lucic for James Neal.  As part of our summer series, beyond the news, we explore some interesting ideas.  What cities would you waive an NMC to play in?  What sport has the biggest gap in skill between pros and average people? 

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  • Banter – shout out to Idaho rafting crew
  • News – Lucic plus a conditional 3rd for Neal- Ken Holland is a wizard
  • Name Kadri is open on 31 thoughts interview
  • What cities would you waive an NMC to go to? 
  • Leafs talk – what’s the deal with Mitch Marner?
  • Panarin interview – will there be repercussions?
  • Rathole  – OHL scoring leaders

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Jimi Hedrix Song: Freedom