The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 4 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the player transactions that have been going on since we last recorded.  Free Agency and Player Signings are the big part of the news this time of year, every team is working hard to fill all of their vacant roster spots.  We also begin our team by team season previews this week, and this week, we’ll be focusing on the Pacific Division.  Plus, one of us got a chance to rub elbows with two current NHL referees.  We’ll have the details of all this and more, coming up next.


 

THN Season 2, Episode 4 (Episode 49) Show Notes 8/26-9/6

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Tease:

  • We are back to weekly shows, and this week, we start to preview the upcoming NHL season. We’ll take a look at all 31 teams over the next 4 weeks and tell you what to expect this season.  This week, we look at all the teams in the Pacific division.  Plus, we’ll have all the other headlines from around the league, and I’ll tell you about the USA Hockey referee seminar I attended where we had a talk with 2 current NHL referees.

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subscribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Headlines

  • Summer winding down, and rookie tournaments are starting this week! http://thehockeywriters.com/nhl-prospects-tournaments-2017/
  • This is week 1 of our 4 week team by team season previews. This week:  Pacific Division.
  • More signings and PTO signings
  • Stay tuned to end of the show for details on a Fantasy Hockey League I am starting this fall (if you are in to that)

 

 

NHL Transactions: (8/26 to present)

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·         Jimmy Vesey 2.0:  Defenseman Will Butcher agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $925,000.  Butcher, 22, became a free agent after not signing with the Colorado Avalanche, who selected him in the fifth round (No. 123) of the 2013 NHL Draft.  Butcher reportedly also considered the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights.  Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey last season. He had 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) in 43 games for the University of Denver, which won the NCAA championship.  “He has an elite level brain and really good poise,” Jim Montgomery, Butcher’s coach at Denver, said last week. “Every time he touches the puck, it’s going to be a positive outcome because he makes great decisions, so that’s the No. 1 thing that stands out to me.  “He’s improved as far as his gap control and with how he angles people and moves his feet to take away time and space, and another thing special about him is his transitional passing.”  Montgomery, who had a 12-year professional playing career, compared Butcher’s style to former NHL defenseman Andrei Markov, who played 16 NHL seasons and had 572 points (119 goals, 453 assists) in 990 regular-season games.  The Associated Press reported that Butcher can make an additional $850,000 in bonuses.  All is not lost for Colorado though.  The Avalanche on Thursday signed college free agent forward Alex Kerfoot, who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker won by Butcher. Kerfoot was selected by the Devils in the fifth round (No. 150) of the 2012 NHL Draft.  Devils Cap Friendly:  https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/devils

·         Representatives for restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak and Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney were expected to resume negotiations for a new contract Friday, Bruins president Cam Neely told the Boston Herald.  “I feel confident we can get something done,” Neely said. “I think David has expressed that he loves it here and wants to play here. We want him here as long as it makes sense for us.”  The Bruins made an offer of $6 million per season for six or seven seasons earlier this offseason, the Herald reported, but Neely said there has been little activity since.  Pastrnak, 21, had 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists) in 75 games in 2016-17, by far the best of his three NHL seasons. The 25th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, he has 123 points (59 goals, 64 assists) in 172 NHL games, all with the Bruins.  His previous 2 seasons were: 51GP, 15-11-26 and 46GP, 10-17-27.  The Draisaitl contract is likely working against Boston.  Draisaitl signed a 8-yr $68M (8.5/yr) on 8/16.  Draisaitl (#3 in 2014) had 29-48-77 in 82 GP last season, and 51 pts in 72 GP the season before.

·         Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is planning to make his 2017-18 season debut in October, but playing opening night is a long shot because he still hasn’t skated since having surgery on four torn tendons in his left foot June 14.  The Senators open the season against the Washington Capitals at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 5.

·         Florida Panthers players, their families and their pets will evacuate South Florida on Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma making landfall there this weekend, with some members of the organization staying behind to help with relief efforts.  Panthers president Matthew Caldwell spent the past couple of days trying to make plans to get everyone who was in Sunrise, Florida, for training camp and the now-cancelled rookie tournament out before the storm hits.  The plane is scheduled to leave Friday morning for Boston carrying players Aleksander BarkovJason DemersAaron EkbladRoberto LuongoDerek MacKenzie, Mike Matheson, James ReimerVincent Trocheck and Radim Vrbata, along with Brandon Pirri, who was signed on a tryout; rookies; coaching staff; trainers; members of hockey operations; and everyone’s family members and their pets (20 in total).  The Panthers’ charter services don’t begin until the preseason, so Caldwell had to scramble to arrange for a plane from Swift Air, part-owned by Panthers owner Vinnie Viola. The plane has more cargo space than their normal aircraft to hold all of the necessary hockey equipment. The Panthers chose Boston because of its proximity to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts and will begin training camp there on Sept. 23 if they are unable to return to Sunrise. Caldwell estimates the cost to evacuate will be about $150,000.

·         Coach Paul Maurice and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff each had his contract extended by the Winnipeg Jets, TSN reported Wednesday.  They were scheduled to expire following this season, according to the report. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.  Maurice, 50, replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12, 2014, and went 43-26-13 in his first full season (2014-15) to help the Jets make their only Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since they relocated from Atlanta in 2011. He’s 136-112-33 as Jets coach, and 596-569-101 with 99 ties in 20 NHL seasons with the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg.  Maurice coached the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, losing to the Detroit Red Wings in five games.  Cheveldayoff, 47, has been Jets GM since 2011. Winnipeg is 216-191-51 since he was hired. The Jets finished 40-35-7 last season, seven points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

·         The rookie tournament scheduled for Sept. 9-12 between the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, has been canceled because of the expected impact of Hurricane Irma.  “We encourage our fans, staff and members of our community to prepare wisely and stay safe throughout the duration of this storm,” Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said. “Our strength as a community will guide us the through the difficult times ahead.”  The Predators announced Wednesday they will host the Lightning for a three-game rookie camp series at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. The first game will be played Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. CT, the second Sunday, Sept. 10, at noon, and the third Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.  All three games will be open to the public, and the Predators will collect $10 donations at the door to benefit Irma relief.

·         Former Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan announced his retirement last Wednesday.  Doan, 40, had been an unrestricted free agent. The Coyotes had informed Doan on June 17 that they would not be re-signing him.  Selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 7 pick of the 1995 NHL Draft, Doan had spent his entire 21-season NHL career with the Jets/Coyotes franchise, which moved to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.  Doan made the announcement in a letter to fans published in The Arizona Republic.  Doan had 27 points (six goals, 27 assists) in 74 games last season, which also was his 13th as Coyotes captain.  In 1,540 NHL games, he had 972 points (402 goals, 570 assists). He’s the Jets/Coyotes leader in all four categories.  He’s also one of nine players in NHL history to have played at least 21 seasons with the same franchise; three played more games with one organization than Doan did (Gordie Howe, 1,687, Detroit Red Wings; Nicklas Lidstrom, 1,584, Red Wings; Alex Delvecchio, 1,549, Red Wings). He’s tied for 14th for most games played in NHL history.  The Coyotes released a statement congratulating Doan on his career: “On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, our fans and our corporate partners, we would like to thank Shane for everything that he’s done for our franchise over the past 21 years. Shane had an incredible career on the ice and we are very proud of everything that he accomplished in a Coyotes uniform. He will be remembered as one of the greatest captains in NHL history. Off the ice, Shane was a great ambassador for growing the game of hockey in Arizona and his contributions to the community are immeasurable. Shane will be a Coyote for life. Thank you Captain!”  Doan played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2004 and 2009, and in 2010 he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.

·         Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne will be honored by the Anaheim Ducks following their Nov. 13 induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at Honda Center on Nov. 19.  “Paul and I are honored that the Ducks will host this special night at Honda Center,” Selanne said. “I’m also very happy that several local charities will benefit from this event. We’re looking forward to sharing this night with our fans.”  Kariya and Selanne will appear together on Honda Center ice for the first time since they combined for three goals (two by Kariya) in the Ducks’ 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 4, 2001. The duo totaled 783 points in 308 games with Anaheim.  Kariya and Selanne will appear together on Honda Center ice for the first time since they combined for three goals (two by Kariya) in the Ducks’ 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 4, 2001. The duo totaled 783 points in 308 games with Anaheim.  Elected to the Hall of Fame in his fifth year of eligibility, Kariya was the first pick (No. 4) in Anaheim franchise history at the 1993 NHL Draft. He was a three-time First All-Star Team selection, and finished his NHL career with 989 points (402 goals, 587 assists) in 989 games with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.  Selanne was elected in his first year of eligibility after he had 1,457 points (684 goals, 773 assists) in 1,451 games over 21 NHL seasons with the Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. He scored 76 goals as a rookie with the Jets and won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.  Kariya and Selanne headline the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Former NHL players Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk, retired Canadian women’s ice hockey player Danielle Goyette, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and college hockey coach Clare Drake will also be inducted.

·         Related Kariya story:  https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/06/sports/hockey-hall-of-famer-now-a-surfer-relished-stint-at-umaine/

·         The home of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be renamed Scotiabank Arena in July as part of a 20-year strategic partnership, it was announced Tuesday.  The building has been known as Air Canada Centre since opening in February 1999.  “For the past 18 years, Air Canada Centre has not only been home to the Maple Leafs and [Toronto] Raptors [of the NBA], it has also hosted hundreds of the most popular concerts and events in the industry, helping contribute to Toronto’s well-deserved reputation as one of the top sports and entertainment destinations in the world,” said Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of the board for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Maple Leafs. “We are grateful to Scotiabank for their continued support and this expanded partnership as we look ahead to what we expect to be 20 of the most exciting years in Toronto sports and entertainment history.”

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Season Preview.  This week: Pacific Division

https://www.nhl.com/news/t-290471364

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

·         KHL is the only league to have begun the 2017-2018 Season so far…

·         Steve:  Kovalchuk

·         Wayne:  Nigel Dawes Hat Trick on 9/6 in a wild game between Barys Astana and Salavat Yulaev:  http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/09/06/357436.html   Other news:  SKA almost perfect at 5-0-2, 9/7 is 6 year anniversary of the Lokomotiv plane crash.

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: Tuukka Rask

·         Wayne:  Referee clinic last weekend, and once again, 2 NHL Referees came to talk with us:  Francois St. Laurent and Frederick L’Ecuyer live locally, and have been coming to talk to the level 3 guys the last few years.  This year, a big part of the discussion was the fallout over L’Ecuyer’s F-bombs that were dropped with his arena mic open, so everyone in the arena and TV heard it.  It happened on 1/26/17 in Columbus in a game between Columbus and Nashville.  They also talked about each other’s path up through the ranks.

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Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

On or around Wed., 9/6

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Free Agency update
  • Other news

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subscribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us: