The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 8 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. The NHL Regular season is under way, and Steve and I are thrilled that there are finally actual games to talk about!  We also give you our picks for who will win the Stanley Cup as well as individual awards. We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week

THN Season 2, Episode 5 (Episode 53) Show Notes 9/28-10/6

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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:

  • NHL Season has begun!! 2 days of games are already in the books!  We’ll have the details
  • Lots of goals and Hat Tricks! (4 already, Ovechkin, Simmonds, Saad, & McJesus)
  • Jaromir Jagr has finally signed, and we’ll tell you where. Here’s a hint…  We called it!
  • This week, we finish our season previews by predicting the entire playoff bracket. Yes, I know it’s pointless this early, but we’re doing it anyway
  • Stay tuned to our post-show for our new Fantasy Hockey Segment. We are putting it after the show so that those of you who are not into fantasy hockey can easily skip that segment without missing anything.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates


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Jagr finally signs!  9th team  The right wing signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.  “I’m glad I’m here,” Jagr said. “I want to say thanks to the Calgary Flames organization. They gave me a chance to play at least one more year in the NHL. I’ve been in the NHL for so many years … I don’t even know how many. I started when I was 18. I’m 45. I love this game. I love the NHL.”  Jagr, who could earn an additional $1 million in bonuses, Sportsnet reported, added it “99.9 percent might be my last season.”  It will be his first with a team from Canada.  “When I decided last minute where I wanted to go, it was a big factor also,” he said. “I wanted to get the experience so I can say I’ve played for a Canadian team. So I’m here.”  “I was waiting for such a long time,” he said. “This summer was a different summer than I was used to. I didn’t know if I was ever going to play here. I’m going to do the maximum I can do to help this team win. Give me a little bit of time. It was a different summer. When you don’t have the motivation to practice, to go in a direction … I didn’t know where I was going to play or if I was going to play.  “Now I know. I probably just need a little bit more time than usual. After that I will give everything I can to help this team.”  He added, “I said a long time ago I wanted to play until 50,” he said. “The new trend of the NHL, and I understand it, the managers and presidents and the teams have to give opportunities to the young guys. I understand it. That’s why it’s hard for so many older guys to find a job. I’m glad I did. Not that many older guys can say the same thing.          Related:  We are by fans for fans, and we celebrate fans!

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.  The Penguins acquired defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Vancouver.  Pouliot, 23, has one season remaining on a three-year, $4.05 million contract, according to He can become a restricted free agent July 1.   “[Pouliot’s] a player that we watched playing junior, we liked his skill set, his talent,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Our pro scouts have followed him the last few years and we feel like in getting him we are betting on his talent, his skill level are going to come to rise to the top, so we think it’s a gamble worth taking.   Pouliot has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 67 games for Pittsburgh the past three seasons. He appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2016, when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games to win their first of back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.   Pedan, 24, played 13 games for the Canucks in 2015-16. He was selected by the New York Islanders in the third round (No. 63) in the 2011 NHL Draft. Pedan was on loan to Utica of the American Hockey League prior to the trade.



Bruins – Center Patrice Bergeron and forward David Backes did not play for the Boston Bruins in their season opener against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on Thursday.  Bergeron (lower body) and Backes (diverticulitis) missed the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. Coach Bruce Cassidy said then Bergeron is day to day. The Bruins later announced Backes would be out 3-4 weeks.  Bergeron has been off the ice, with the exception of a brief participation in practice Tuesday, since Monday. Backes did not skate Wednesday, and Cassidy said after practice that he was under the weather.  The Bruins were also without defenseman Torey Krug, who’s recovering from a fractured jaw sustained in a preseason game on Sept. 19

Center Ryan Getzlaf did not play for the Anaheim Ducks in their season opener against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-A, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury.  Thursday morning, coach Randy Carlyle said Getzlaf, Anaheim’s captain, did not take part in the morning skate and would not dress.  Getzlaf, 32, skated on his own before practice Tuesday and was able to practice Wednesday.  He led the Ducks in scoring last season with 73 points (15 goals, 58 assists) and had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson, recovering from surgery on his left foot, won’t dress for the Ottawa Senators’ season opener against the Washington Capitals on Thursday but could play Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.  The two-time Norris Trophy winner, who had surgery to repair torn tendons June 14, did not take part in the morning skate before the Senators opened their regular season at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSWA, NHL-TV).  Karlsson remains day-to-day.



Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for four games, without pay, for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais during NHL Preseason Game No. 109 in St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 17:39 of the second period. Wilson was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.  Wilson is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $97,560.96. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.



Other Interesting Stories:

The Carolina Hurricanes named center Jordan Staal and defenseman Justin Faulk as co-captains on Thursday.  They will be the 14th and 15th players in the history of the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise to serve as captain, and will switch between home and road games, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. Staal will be home captain for the first half of the season and Faulk the road captain, then will switch roles for the second half of the season.  Forward Jeff Skinner will serve as an alternate captain for the entire season.  “There’s obviously guys who are leaders in that room who would love to wear the ‘C’ and didn’t get selected,” general manager Ron Francis said. “They’re probably disappointed. That’s a good thing. You want guys who want to be that guy.”  Jordan Staal and Faulk fill the vacancy left by Eric Staal, who was traded to the New York Rangers on Feb. 28, 2016. Jordan Staal, Faulk, Skinner and center Victor Rask were alternate captains last season.  “It’s an honor to wear it,” Staal said. “We both understand who the leaders are in the room. It’s always been a shared thing. It’s still a bit of an acknowledgment and an honor. I’m definitely very excited about it.”  Staal will wear the “C” on Saturday when the Hurricanes open the season at home against the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-N, NHL.TV). Eric is beginning his second season with the Wild.  “Being able to skate on the ice with the ‘C’ playing against Eric is going to be really cool,” Jordan Staal said. “He’s excited for me, and I’m beyond excited about that. It’s going to make that opening night even more special.”

  • To commemorate tonight’s start of the 2017-18 NHL season, each of the 31 NHL teams will have an official hashtag-triggered emoji, the National Hockey League (NHL) and Twitter announced today. While hockey fans have been sharing their excitement for the new season via the official #NHLFaceOff hashtag, starting today at Noon ET and continuing throughout the entire NHL season, fans can add a new level of engagement with their favorite teams, players and fellow hockey fans on Twitter with unique team logo emojis.  Fans can add team logos to their tweets by tweeting the official team hashtags:
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins will not three-peat as Stanley Cup champions, if the full-season simulation from EA Sports NHL 18 is correct. EA Sports predicted the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins are projected to win the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time since 1992-93, but lose to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. The game predicts the Oilers to defeat the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Final.  NHL 18 projects the Oilers to reach the Cup Final thanks to a huge season from center Connor McDavid, who will win the Hart and Art Ross trophies, and the Ted Lindsay Award for the second straight season. It also predicts Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov will win the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League’s top regular-season goal scorer, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy for MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is projected to repeat as Selke Trophy winner for best defensive forward, which would be his fifth time winning the award, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is predicted to earn his third Norris Trophy and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is projected to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time.   The simulation for NHL 17 accurately predicted the Nashville Predators to win the Western Conference. The game had the Predators defeating the Canadiens in the Cup Final; in reality, they lost to the Penguins in six games.

 If you’ve been wanting to try out all that NHL.TV has to offer, now’s your chance! Four free games a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and one additional day) gives you the opportunity to experience NHL action to its fullest.  Home and away broadcasts, DVR controls, multi-game views and all the hat tricks you can shake a stick at.



Fourteen statues of Toronto Maple Leafs immortals now stretch more than a quarter of a rink length through Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre.  Combined, these bronzed players won 38 Stanley Cup championships for this century-old franchise, the very elite among the many hundreds who have worn its jersey.  Late Thursday afternoon, under perfect October skies, the Maple Leafs unveiled statues of forward Charlie Conacher, forward Red Kelly and forwards Frank Mahovlich and Wendel Clark, adding to Legends Row.  The four joined 10 others whose statues have been installed outside the Maple Leafs’ downtown arena since September 2014. First came goaltender Johnny Bower and forwards Ted “Teeder” Kennedy and Darryl Sittler. Then, a year later, defenseman Borje Salming and forward Mats Sundin, followed two months later, in November 2015, by forwards Syl Apps and George Armstrong. Last October, the roster was brought to 10 with the addition of goalie Turk Broda, defenseman Tim Horton and forward Dave Keon, the latter chosen last fall as the Maple Leafs’ No. 1 player of all time in a vote by fans and a 31-member panel.  Each of the 14 statues has come north from the studio of renowned Chicago-area sculptor Erik Blome, who was in attendance with his wife, Charlotte. Blome’s work commemorating sports, social and political figures and events is on display throughout the United States. Among his statues is a towering Wayne Gretzky outside Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Pittsburgh Penguins raised another Stanley Cup banner Wednesday, and then raised the curtain on a new season with a 5-4 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.  To the Penguins, the moment that 2017 banner reached the rafters in PPG Paints Arena, joining those from 1991, 1992, 2009 and 2016, their celebration of winning back-to-back championships was over and the journey toward trying to win three in a row began.  In their opener, the Penguins showed they have some work to do. They were sloppy with the puck at times and in their defensive reads against the rush. But they battled back from down 4-2 in the third period to tie it on goals from Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary before Alex Pietrangelo won it for the Blues 1:15 into overtime.  Then they lost last night 5-0 in CHI.

Doc Emrick took a few minutes out of the NHL on NBC broadcast Thursday to pay tribute to his colleague Dave Strader in a touching segment.  Strader, the longtime play-by-play announcer, died Sunday at age 62 from cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer. The Hockey Hall of Fame honored Strader, known as The Voice, as the 2017 winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.  Emrick walked viewers through Strader’s career, which had humble beginnings, and talked about his journey as a broadcaster and how Strader impacted so many people with his warmth and passion for the game.



  • Who makes the Playoffs?
  • Who are your Conference finalists?
  • Who are your Finalists?
  • Who wins Cup?
  • Individual trophies: Hart?  Art Ross?  Richard?  Norris?  Vezina?  Calder?  Jack Adams?  Selke – No need.

Minor League Hockey Minute

KHL is pissing me off!  Blackouts…

Most leagues are up and running now.  Rest start in the next week…


Wayne:  The 82nd season of the American Hockey League begins Friday.  Player development remains the top priority for the AHL, and the numbers back up that mission. Last season, 121 AHL players made their NHL debuts, and 88 percent of NHL players last season had spent time in the AHL.  Look no further than the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins for proof. Goaltender Matt Murrayand forward Jake Guentzel, each a cog in the championship, passed through the AHL recently. Sixteen members of the 2017 Stanley Cup champions spent time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh’s affiliate.


Power Ranking is back next week!

College Hockey Minute:

College is under way!    No updates to poll.  Week 1:  Canada vs US:   #19 Ohio State lost to Ryerson (CA) 7-4,  #6 MN-Duluth lost to Alberta 4-3, #2 BU tied PEI 5-5, #10 Penn State lost to Ottawa 4-3 (OT)

Maine beat Acadia 3-1 last week.  UConn @ Maine this week, Fri and Sat


Picks of the week:

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Wayne:  Wayne:  Detroit’s new arena.  Beginning of a venue renaissance similar to baseball?


Listener Feedback / Action item for the week


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Fantasy Hockey Segment


  • Results last week
  • Standings
  • Leading Scorers Season (Fantasy Points)
  • Key performers over the past week