The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 33 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 past week around the hockey world. The playoffs are now under way. Two teams have already been eliminated, while the rest of the series are rushing toward a conclusion.  Steve and I get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 33 (Episode 78) Show Notes 4/11-4/19


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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.


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Bos:  3-2 L @ FLA on 4/5, 5-2 W vs Ott on 4/7, 4-2 L vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

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  • Glen Gulutzan was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Flames were 37-35-10, fifth in the Pacific Division, and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by 11 points after making it in Gulutzan’s first season.  Calgary’s home record of 17-20-4 was the fourth-worst in the NHL, and their power play, at 16.0 percent, was tied for 28th. The Flames also scored an NHL-low 61 third-period goals.  The 46-year-old was 82-68-14 in two seasons with Calgary and in four NHL seasons (Dallas Stars, 2011-13) is 146-125-23.  Assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were also fired.  “Ultimately, you are what your record says you are, but I felt in order to get our team to the level it needs to get to, and each individual to the level he needs to get to, that we had to make this decision,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said.  “We underperformed,” Treliving said. “When you go through the process of underperforming, you pull everything. It starts with myself, player decisions, personnel decisions. You go into the players’ performance, who played well, who didn’t and why?”
  • Peter Chiarelli will remain president and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers next season and will be evaluating coach Todd McLellan and his staff, CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson said Thursday. “We will have a plan coming out in the near future about how we’re going forward,” Nicholson said. “We have one goal, and that is to make sure we’re back in the playoffs next year.”  The Oilers (36-40-6) finished sixth in the Pacific Division, 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. In 2017, Edmonton advanced to the Western Conference Second Round, where it lost to the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. It’s the only appearance by the Oilers in the playoffs since 2006, when they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Final.  Chiarelli, who was hired by the Oilers on April 24, 2015, and won the Stanley Cup as GM of the Boston Bruins in 2011, said Wednesday there was no guarantee that McLellan and his staff would be back next season. The Oilers are 114-109-23 in McLellan’s three seasons as coach.
  • Guy Boucher may not return as coach of the Ottawa Senators next season but there is no timeline for a decision, general manager Pierre Dorion said Thursday. Dorion said an evaluation of Boucher and his staff is underway after the Senators went 28-43-11 and finished next-to-last in the NHL one season after reaching Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins before losing in double overtime. Dorion said changes will be made even if Boucher returns.  “Two things that will change, if he’s back, is the implementation of younger players in our lineup, but he will decide who gets what ice time,” Dorion said. “And we’re going to practice more. ‘Rest is a weapon,’ if I have to hear that one more time, I’ll go crazy.”  Boucher is 72-71-21 in two seasons with Ottawa and 169-150-41 in five seasons in the NHL; he coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010-11 through 2012-13.  Dorion said there is a 99.9 percent chance the Senators will use their first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and instead surrender their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche. The Senators sent that first-round pick in 2018 to the Avalanche in the trade for forward Matt Duchene on Nov. 5, but because it will be a pick in the top 10, Ottawa can keep it and send its first-round pick in 2019 to Colorado.  Because the Senators finished next-to-last in the standings, they have a 13.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and can select no lower than No. 5. The NHL Draft Lottery will be held April 28, and the 2018 NHL Draft begins June 22..  The Senators also own the Penguins’ first-round pick from the trade that sent center Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh on Feb. 23.
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  • Sean Couturierdid not play when the Philadelphia Flyers played the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT). The Flyers’ No. 1 center left practice early Tuesday because of an apparent injury. He collided with defenseman Radko Gudas and left the ice.
  • Patric Hornqvist did not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT).  The 31-year-old forward is considered day to day with an upper-body injury that kept him out of practice Tuesday. Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed practice because of a maintenance day, is expected to play.  Sullivan would not say when the injury to Hornqvist occurred. It’s unclear how the Penguins will compensate for his absence on the top power-play unit, where he is the net-front presence. Guentzel could move from the second unit to take his place.  He will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NBCSP)
  • Andre Burakovskywill miss at least the games 3&4 for the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Burakovsky sustained an upper-body injury at 14:47 of the first period of Game 2 on Sunday when Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner checked him into the boards.  Burakovsky, 23, played left wing on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and J. Oshie. He had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 55 games during the regular season. Against the Blue Jackets, he has no points and three shots on goal. Burakovsky skated 2:12 in Game 2 before departing.
  • NHL linesman Steve Barton will require surgery for a dislocated left kneecap and a torn quadriceps muscle sustained during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Barton was injured when his skate clipped the skate of Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson. The game was delayed with 48.1 seconds remaining in the second period and Barton was helped off the ice by trainers from the Blue Jackets and Capitals.  The period concluded with one linesman. Referee Garrett Rank, the backup official, replaced Barton for the third period.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Capitals 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA).
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  • Josh Morrisseyhas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  The Winnipeg Jets defenseman was disciplined for cross-checking Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal in the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.  Morrissey will not be eligible for Game 5 at Winnipeg on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N). The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.  The incident occurred at 16:38 of the first period. There was no penalty assessed on the play; Staal returned to the game.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadrihas been suspended for three games for boarding Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round series in Boston on Thursday, April 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced  Friday.  The incident occurred at 8:14 of the third period. Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.
  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughtyhas been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round series in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.  The incident occurred at 9:58 of the third period.
  • Ryan Hartmanhas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  The Nashville Predators forward was disciplined for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.  Hartman, 23, will not be eligible for Game 5 at Nashville on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-TN, ALT). The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.  The incident occurred 4:42 into the third period. Hartman was penalized for charging at 4:52, and Soderberg left the game.  Hartman has one goal in the series, averaging 11:11 of ice time. He had 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 78 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Predators during the regular season.  Hartman was acquired by Nashville in a trade with Chicago on Feb. 26.

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  • John Amirante, the anthem singer who performed before New York Rangers games at Madison Square Garden for 35 years, died Tuesday. He was 83. Born in the Bronx, Amirante began performing for the Rangers in 1980 until retiring in 2015, though he made occasional guest appearances. He also sang the anthem for the New York Knicks and New York Yankees. In a 2009 interview with New York Magazine, Amirante said his favorite performance came before Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Garden was so loud he couldn’t hear himself sing.  The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 and won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1940.
  • Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in Sweden is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of International skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. Central Scouting revealed its final list of the top International skaters and goaltenders, and top North American skaters and goaltenders, on Monday.  Dahlin, who turned 18 on Friday, had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists), a plus-4 rating, 30 hits, 36 blocked shots and 84 shots on goal while averaging 19:02 of ice time in 41 games in the Swedish Hockey League. He had three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-3 rating in six SHL playoff games.  Rounding out the top five among European skaters are No. 2 defenseman Adam Boqvist (5-11, 168) of Brynas’ team in Sweden’s junior league; No. 3 right wing Vitali Kravtsov (6-2, 170) of Chelyabinsk in Russia; No. 4 right wing Martin Kaut (6-1, 176) of Pardubice in the Czech Republic; and No. 5 defenseman Adam Ginning (6-3, 196) of Linkoping in Sweden.  Lukas Dostal (6-1, 158) of Treibic in the Czech Republic’s second division, is the No. 1 on Central Scouting’s final list of International goaltenders. Dostal, 17, had a 2.43 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 20 games.
  • Center Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 188 pounds), who was No. 1 on Central Scouting’s midterm list in January, had 72 points (40 goals, 32 assists), 174 shots on goal and a plus-26 rating in 44 regular-season games as a rookie for Barrie this season.  Left wing Brady Tkachuk (6-3, 196) of Boston University in Hockey East moved to No. 2 from No. 3; right wing Filip Zadina (6-0, 195) of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League moved to No. 3 from No. 2; defenseman Evan Bouchard (6-2, 193) of London (OHL) moved to No. 4 from No. 5; defenseman Noah Dobson (6-3, 180) of Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) moved to No. 5 from No. 8; and defenseman Quintin Hughes (5-9, 170) of the University of Michigan in the Big 10 moved to No. 6 from No. 4.  Tyler Weiss #90 (Round 3) The top North American goaltender is Olivier Rodrigue (6-1, 159) of Drummondville (QMJHL). Rodrigue, who was No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list of North American goalies, was 31-16-3 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 53 games.
  • Las Vegas will host the NHL Awards for the next three years and could host more NHL events in the future. The 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu will be at 8 p.m. ET on June 20 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada.  It will mark the 10th year of a partnership between the NHL and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which has been extended for three years, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.  “Obviously Las Vegas can hold and host major events, as evidenced by the fact that we’re here and that the Awards are here for the 10th season,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And my guess is, with all the things that are going on, at some point in the not-too-distant future, the club will start requesting being included in other events, whether it’s an All-Star Game or whether it’s an outdoor game.”  “This is a community of 2 million people, and while visitors tend to focus on the Strip, this is a city that has people who have interests in the same things that people in all other major cities have,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And we were comfortable after we went through our thorough process that this was going to be a successful franchise for us. …
  • Tod Leiweke was named CEO and president of the potential Seattle expansion NHL franchise Wednesday. Leiweke is the younger brother of Tim Leiweke, the head of Oak View Group, which is renovating KeyArena, where the Seattle team would play.  “I’ve always believed in the fans in Seattle,” Tod Leiweke said. “One of the great things about Seattle is the community, and the community of teams is fantastic.”  Tod Leiweke previously was COO of the NFL, a job he left in March. Before going to the NFL, he was CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  A group headed by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and private equity CEO David Bonderman has submitted an application to become the 32nd NHL team. The group said it received 10,000 deposits for season tickets in the first 12 minutes of a ticket drive held March 1, and 25,000 in total.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the cost of an expansion team would be $650 million. The Vegas Golden Knights, who began play this season, paid a $500 million expansion fee to become the 31st team.



  • Patrice Bergeronis a finalist to win his fifth Selke Trophy, which would pass Bob Gainey for the most since the award was first presented in 1978.    The Boston Bruins center, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar were named as the three finalists for the award, which is given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.  The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.  Bergeron, 32, is a Selke finalist for a record seventh consecutive year, passing Pavel Datsyuk‘s six-year run from 2008 to 2013. Bergeron was sixth in face-off percentage (57.3 percent, minimum 750 attempts) and won a League-high 58.3 percent (minimum 50 attempts) while shorthanded. He was also first among NHL forwards in SAT percentage, with the Bruins getting 57.56 percent of all shot attempts when he was on the ice at 5-on-5.
  • Pekka Rinnewill try again to win the Vezina Trophy for the first time after finishing second in 2010-11 and 2014-15, and third in 2011-12.  The Nashville Predators goalie joins first-time finalists Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the trophy awarded to the goalie voted the best at this position.  The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins tied a Stanley Cup Playoff record for fastest two goals by one team when they scored twice in five seconds against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. Evgeni Malkin scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from defenseman Kris Letang on a 4-on-3 power play at 6:48 to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead. Brian Dumoulin scored to extend the lead to 4-0 at 6:53, scoring five-hole on Flyers goalie Brian Elliott after Sidney Crosby won the face-off and sent him a backhand pass.  The Penguins tied the record set by the Detroit Red Wings, who did it against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 11, 1965. Detroit’s Norm Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 win at Chicago Stadium.
  • David Pastrnak‘s six-point night not only powered the Boston Bruins to a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday, it broke a record held by Wayne Gretzky. At 21 years, 324 days old, Pastrnak became the youngest player in NHL history to have at least six points in a playoff game when he scored three goals and had three assists. That eclipsed the mark set by Gretzky, who was 22 years, 81 days old when he had seven points for the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the 1983 Smythe Division Final. Gretzky scored four goals and had three assists in a 10-2 win against the Calgary Flames.  Pastrnak, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Boston’s 5-1 victory in Game 1, also matched a mark held by Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito. Pastrnak has nine points (four goals, five assists) through the first two games against Toronto, tying Esposito for the most points by a player in the first two games of a playoff series. Esposito had nine points (five goals, four assists) for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs in the first two games of their 1969 quarterfinal series.  The fourth-year forward is also the first Bruins player to get six points in a playoff game since Rick Middleton scored two goals and had four assists against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of the 1983 Adams Division Final. Pastrnak is the first to do it in a playoff game since Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux scored three goals and had three assists against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  In addition, Pastrnak became the first to score three goals for the Bruins in a postseason game since David Krejci against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the 2013 conference quarterfinals.
  • Kraft Heinz is thrilled to announce Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York (Just outside of Utica)  is the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2018. After weeks of rallying and online voting, Clinton rallied together to prove exactly why they are the most spirited hockey community in America. The Kraft Hockeyville USA contest, now in its fourth year and in partnership with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is proud to award Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y., an opportunity to host an NHL preseason Game and $150,000 in rink upgrades.  Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville USA will go toward improvements to a number of features, including the arena’s roof, locker room and seating. (I smell Rangers/Sabres, possibly Canucks (Comets))
  • Ken Hitchcock retired as Dallas Stars coach Friday. “I have contemplated this since our last game, and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over,” the 66-year-old said in a letter on the Stars website.  He will remain with the Stars as a consultant. No replacement has been named.  “I’m in no rush,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said of hiring a replacement. “I want to make sure we get the right guy. I want to make sure we’re not leaving somebody out of the equation that deserves a chance to be heard.”  The Stars were 42-32-8 in Hitchcock’s second stint with Dallas and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Dallas finished three points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference.  Hitchcock is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with 823, behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (884). Hitchcock has coached the fourth-most games (1,536), behind Bowman (2,141), Quenneville (1,621) and Al Arbour (1,607).  Hitchcock was 823-506-119 with 88 ties in 21 seasons with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, and won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999. He reached the Cup Final with Dallas in 2000, when it lost to the New Jersey Devils.  Hitchcock, from Edmonton, was part of coaching staffs that led Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.



Power Ranking:

  1. Y – Vegas (5)
  2. X – San Jose (11)
  3. X – Pittsburgh (10)
  4. X – Winnipeg (2)
  5. P – Nashville (1)
  6. Z – Tampa Bay (3)
  7. X – Boston (4)
  8. X – Columbus (14)
  9. X – Toronto (7)
  10. Y – Washington (6)
  11. X – Minnesota (8)
  12. X – New Jersey (15)
  13. X – Colorado (17)
  14. X – Philly (13)
  15. E – Los Angeles (12)
  16. E – Anaheim (9)
  17. e – Florida (16)
  18. e – St Louis (18)
  19. e – Dallas (19)
  20. e – Calgary (20)
  21. e – Carolina (21)
  22. e – Islanders (22)
  23. e – Edmonton (23)
  24. e – Rangers (24)
  25. e – Chicago (25)
  26. e – Vancouver (26)
  27. e – Detroit (27)
  28. e – Montreal (28)
  29. e – Arizona (29)
  30. e – Ottawa (30)
  31. e – Buffalo (31)








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