The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 7 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we get you caught up with all the World Cup preliminary round action.  We also discuss the NHL headlines from the past week.  Then, we give you team-by-team previews of all 7 teams in the Pacific Division.  All this, plus the KHL minute, and our picks of the week!

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World Cup stories:
• Results & Schedule:

o Sept. 17
 Team Europe 3, Team USA 0
 Team Canada 6, Team Czech Republic 0
o Sept. 18
 Team Sweden 2, Team Russia, 1
 Team North America 4, Team Finland, 1
o Sept. 19
 Team Europe 3, Team Czech Republic 2 (OT)
 Team Russia 4, Team North America 3
o Sept. 20
 Team Sweden 2, Team Finland 0
 Team Canada 4, Team USA 2
o Wednesday 9/21
 Team North America 4, Team Sweden 3 (OT)
 Team Europe 1 , Team Canada 4
o Thursday 9/22
 Team Finland vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVA Sports
 Team USA vs. Team Czech Republic, 8 p.m., ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports
o Semifinals (single elimination; A1 vs. B2, B1 vs. A2)
o Saturday 9/24
 Semifinal 1, 7 p.m., ESPN2, CBC, TVA Sports
o Sunday 9/25
 Semifinal 2, 1 p.m., ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports
o Final (best-of-three)
o Tuesday 9/27
 Final Game 1, 8 p.m., ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports
o Thursday, Sept. 29
 Final Game 2, 8 p.m., ESPN2, CBC, TVA, TVA Sports
o Saturday, Oct. 1
 Final Game 3, 7 p.m. (if necessary), ESPN2, CBC, TVA, TVA Sports
• Team North America defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who missed a 4-3 loss to Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Monday with an upper-body injury, is returning to the United States to be examined by Florida Panthers doctors. Initial reports said Ekblad had a concussion, but Sportsnet reported Tuesday it was a neck injury.
World Cup/NHL observations:
• Team USA’s surprising exit from the tournament
• Wayne’s Canadian consipiracy: Divide and conquer!
• Team Europe’s surprising dominance and play of Jaroslav Halak
• Tweets from players on NA vs Swe on 9/21:
• Phil Kessel’s tweet shortly after USA loss to Canada on 9/20
• Hockey tech: Green screen boards. Distracting?
• Hockey tech: Ref cam?
• Team web sites taking on general look of

NHL stories:
• Dmitry Orlov signs one-year contract with Capitals. Restricted free agent defenseman had eight goals, 29 points last season
• Penguins deliver season tickets with side of Stanley Defending champs surprise subscribers with a day with the Cup
• Michel Therrien denies criticizing Max Pacioretty. Coach ‘never said those things’ about Canadiens captain
• Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson failed his physical Wednesday and will not begin training camp because of a back injury, president of hockey operations John Davidson said. “Every time he tries to work out, it’s bothersome,” Davidson told the Blue Jackets website. Clarkson, 32, played in 23 games last season, missing time because of the injury, among other ailments. He had two goals and two assists. Clarkson has four years remaining on a seven-year, $36.75 million contract he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs before the 2013-14 season.
• Forward Julien Gauthier scored two goals and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 31 saves to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 6-4 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the championship game of the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup (Traverse City prospects tournament) at Centre Ice Arena on Tuesday. Gauthier, chosen No. 21 in the 2016 NHL Draft, scored twice in the second period when the Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead. Carolina won the championship for the second time and its first since its tournament debut in 2009. Final Standings: 1. Carolina 2. Detroit 3. Columbus 4. NY Rangers 5. Dallas 6. St. Louis 7. Minnesota 8. Chicago. Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey led all scorers w/ 5G, 2A. Complete stats available at:
• The next generation of United States-born NHL hopefuls will be in the spotlight at the 2016 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday 9/22. The event will feature 42 of the top U.S.-born players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft who were picked by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting. “This event provides some of the best U.S. players eligible for next year’s NHL draft the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations. The teams will be coached by Hockey Hall of Fame member Mark Howe and United States Hockey Hall of Fame member John Leclair. A link to full rosters is contained in the show notes of this episode.
• Defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who injured his thigh during the offseason, said Monday he will not be able to start training camp with the Detroit Red Wings. Kronwall had surgery on his right knee in January and injured his left knee in March. Kronwall was unable to play for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 18 and missed 15 NHL games, and sat out three games in March because of a sprained right knee. Kronwall, 35, had three goals, 23 assists and a minus-21 rating in 64 games last season, his 12th with Detroit.
• Restricted free agent forward Ryan Strome agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported an average annual value of $2.5 million. The No. 5 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Strome finished with eight goals and 28 points in 71 games last season, a decline from the 17 goals and 50 points he scored in 2014-15. He had four points in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Islanders advance to the Eastern Conference Second Round, their first playoff series victory since 1993. Strome, 23, has 32 goals and 96 points in 189 NHL games, all with the Islanders.
• The Las Vegas NHL franchise has received deposits on all 16,000 season tickets available for the 2017-18 season. The season-ticket drive began in February 2015 with a goal of 10,000 deposits. More than 5,000 tickets were sold within two days and 9,000 season tickets were sold within a month of the launch, according to the franchise. Las Vegas will play at T-Mobile Arena, which has a seating capacity of 17,500 for hockey games.
• Forward Tomas Fleischmann on Monday accepted an invitation from the Minnesota Wild to attend training camp on a professional tryout. Fleischmann, 32, has played 11 NHL seasons, most recently with the Chicago Blackhawks, who acquired him and forward Dale Weise in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for forward Phillip Danault and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on Feb. 26. Fleischmann also played parts of four seasons with the Washington Capitals and one with the Anaheim Ducks, under Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. Fleischmann has 137 goals and 335 points in 657 NHL games with the Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Ducks, Canadiens and Blackhawks. He scored NHL career highs of 27 goals and 61 points for the Panthers in 2011-12.
• Joffrey Lupul starts training camp on injured reserve. Maple Leafs forward still not ready to go after sports hernia surgery in February
• Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell will need two weeks to recover after having surgery to remove scar tissue resulting from an appendectomy. Rakell, 23, was hospitalized in Sweden after he was scratched by Team Sweden from a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game against Team Finland on Sept. 10. Rakell, a restricted free agent, had 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 regular-season games, and a goal and an assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Ducks last season.
• Forward Tyler Seguin has a hairline fracture in his heel and his status for Dallas Stars training camp will be re-evaluated in a week, general manager Jim Nill said Saturday. “Upon returning to Dallas [on Friday], Tyler Seguin underwent an MRI that detected a hairline fracture in his heel,” Nill said. Seguin sustained the injury playing in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game for Team Canada on Sept. 9 against Team USA. Seguin pulled out of the tournament Wednesday and was replaced by Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly.
o Toronto Rookie Tournament – 9/11-9/13 – Ott, Mon, Tor, Pit Winner – Toronto (3-0)
o Young Stars Classic, Vancouver, BC – 9/11-9/14 – Win, Cgy, Van, Edm Winner – Edmonton (3-0)
o Tampa Bay Rookie Tournament, Estero, FL – 9/12-9/15 – Fla, TB, Nsh, Was Winner – Florida (3-0)
o Buffalo Prospects Challenge, Buffalo, NY – 9/12-9/14 – Bos, Buf, NJ Winner – Boston (2-0)
• Most teams announced their training camp rosters this week, see for your team.
• Notable PTO’s this week:
o D James Wisniewski to Tampa Bay
o D Matt Bartkowski to Ottawa
o G Anders Lindback to NJ
o F Daniel Cleary to DET
o F Tomas Fleischmann to Min
o F Jiri Tlusty to Col
o F Sean Bergenheim, F David Booth, G Yan Danis to ANA
World Cup/NHL observations:
• Team USA’s surprising exit from the tournament
• Wayne’s Canadian consipiracy: Divide and conquer!
• Team Europe’s surprising dominance and play of Jaroslav Halak
• Tweets from players on NA vs Swe on 9/21:
• Phil Kessel’s tweet shortly after USA loss to Canada on 9/20
• Hockey tech: Green screen boards. Distracting?
• Hockey tech: Ref cam?
• Team web sites taking on general look of

• Pacific Division Team Previews:
o Anaheim
o Arizona
o Calgary
o Edmonton
o Los Angeles
o San Jose
o Vancouver

• KHL Minute:
o CSKA had their 10-game winning streak snapped by Barys Astana, 4-0 on 9/20. Goalie Henrik Karlsson pitched the shutout while 4 different Barys players scored a goal a piece. The loss drops CSKA to 10-2 while Barys improved to 3-5-1
o Valeri Nichushkin’s KHL interest no surprise to Stars. The Dallas Stars would not be surprised if restricted free agent forward Valeri Nichushkin plays in the Kontinental Hockey League this season, general manager Jim Nill said. CSKA Moscow said Tuesday it has agreed to terms with Nichushkin, 21, on a two-year contract. “I’m not going to be surprised if he does sign there,” Nill said Monday. “They know our offer. They know where we’re at. It’s his decision. I’m not going to stop that.
o EDM – Nikita Nikitin, D – Signed with European team Avangard Omsk (KHL-Russia)
o Standings rundown:

• Picks of the week
o Wayne: Major Junior starts regular season play this week. OHL on Wed. 9/21, QMJHL on Thu 9/22 and WHL 9/23. Americans don’t care, but leagues are huge in Canada. Primary source of NHL prospects. All players 16-20 yrs old. US has junior leagues too, but they are considered lower level. Elite players in US generally go play in CHL or play in lower level junior leagues until they graduate from HS, then they attend a NCAA school. I prefer NCAA route. Here’s why…
o Steve:
• Episode wrap up