Episode Sami Vatanen (245): Leafs Are Out – Does Babcock Survive? Round 2 Predictions.


Round 1 is complete and it’s the year of the underdog. With the Leafs bowing out early, is Mike Babcock done as Leafs’ Head Coach? Will Dubas be able to sign Marner and if so, what will he cost?   Controversy in the San Jose / Vegas series. We look at the Round 2 series.

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  • Banter -shoutouts and Mike is on the Blue Jays bandwagon
  • News – Stone, Murray and Tavares commit to Team Canada
  • Oilers GM Hunt update – Hunter, MacCrimmon, Burke seem to be favourites
  • Trophy Finalists announced
  • Leafs lose in game 7 again. Is Babcock done as Coach of the Leafs? Will they sign Marner?
  • Sharks win huge comeback victory in controversial circumstances around Eakin hit on Pavelski
  • Stars beat out Predators
  • Carolina wins in 2OT to  move on
  • Round 2 Updates
  • SJS 1 COL 0
  • NYI 0 CAR 1
  • DAL 1 STL 1
  • BOS 1 CBJ 1
  • Milestones
  • Rathole

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Jugghead Song: Hockey Song

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Episode Tom Wilson (243): Kadri Gets A Hearing. Blue Jackets Destroying Tampa. Islanders Killing Penguins. It’s All Happening!


Wow. We’re 3 games into the first round and everything is happening already! Kadri is gonna get suspended! Who’s at fault? Blue Jackets destroying the Lightning. Who saw that coming?  Islanders have Penguins on the brink! 

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  • Banter -Dale returns from Montreal Hockey Trip while Mike rakes leaves
  • News – Joel Quenneville hired by Panthers
  • Oilers media keep pushing for Keith Gretzky
  • Oilers twitter gives non-update update on McDavid injury
  • Devils win the draft lottery
  • Mike attends a Spokane Chiefs / Everett Silvertips game
  • Tampa Bay down 2-0 to Columbus
  • St Louis up 2-0 on Winnipeg – Hellebuyck bad
  • Islanders up 3-0 on Penguins
  • San Jose and Vegas tied 1-1
  • Washington up 2-0 on Carolina
  • Dallas and Nashville 1-1
  • Toronto and Boston tied 1-1 – Kadri gonna get suspended – how many games?
  • Calgary and Colorado tied 1-1

Intro/Outro Music Artist: The Hanson Brothers Song: I’m Gonna Play Hockey

Episode Jaroslav Halak (241): Ovechkin Hits 50 for 8th Time. Leafs Are Stumbling Into Playoffs.


Alexander Ovechkin gets his 50th goal for the 8th time, only the third player to do so. The Leafs are stumbling into the playoffs and we discuss if this is a problem. There are only a couple of teams left to fight for the playoffs and we say who will make it.

Alex Ovechkin Gets 50 for the 8th Time (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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  • Banter -Snow on March 31? wtf
  • Dale’s MicroAge conference and Mike returns from California
  • F1 Drive to Survive is the model for NHL reality TV
  • Are Leafs in trouble?
  • Points leaders
  • Playoff races
  • Milestones
  • Hot  / Not 
  • Rathole – Smiths

Intro/Outro Music Artist: Trophy Jump  Song: April Fool’s Day

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

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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 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

Episode Zdeno Chara (233): Leafs Trade for Muzzin and Dale is Happy.


Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas made a bold move trading for Jake Muzzin without giving up roster players. Dale gives his take and gushes about the state of the Leafs as they start the home stretch to the playoffs.

Leafs Jake Muzzin and Mitch Marner talk it over during the second period of Saturday night’s home win over the Penguins.  (Mark Blinch / Getty Images)

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  • Banter -Mike’s off the wagon as February nears.
  • Zdeno Chara Degrees of Separation to Stirling
  • Jake Muzzin trade to Toronto
  • Penguins trade for Nick Bjugstad from Florida
  • Oilers are bad
  • Milestones
  • Hot  NYI / CGY  Not  BUF /ANA
  • DOPS – Fines to Smith / Kucherov
  • Rathole – J.P. Bickell Award

Intro/Outro Music Artist: L7 Song: Off the Wagon