The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 35 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. Round 2 of the NHL playoffs is under way, and all 4 series look to be as competitive as ever.  Steve and I will get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   Spoiler alert: all 4 series started off 1 to 1.   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 35 (Episode 80) Show Notes 4/25-5/2


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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:

  • Playoffs!!!
  • Draft Lottery
  • More news out of Carolina
  • Slow on the ice but huge, just 12 games in the NHL since last podcast, but 10 of them were potential elimination games, where at least one team in those 10 games were facing elimination at that time.
  • We’ll have all this and more.



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NHL Transactions:

  • Ron Francis had his contract terminated by the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Francis had been removed as general manager and named president of hockey operations March 7. He had been the GM since replacing Jim Rutherford on April 24, 2014. Francis had worked in various roles for the Hurricanes since 2006.  Carolina president Don Waddell has been leading the search for a new general manager, who will report directly to owner Tom Dundon.  Francis spent 16 of his 23 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, and is the franchise leader in goals (382), assists (793) and points (1,175). He retired as an NHL player before the 2005-06 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.  His #10 also hangs in the rafters of the PNC Arena.  Joe Nieuwendyk also resigned as Hurricanes pro scout and adviser. He had 1,126 points (564 goals, 562 assists) in 1,257 NHL games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
  • Lou Lamoriello will not return as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs but will remain with the organization in the role of senior adviser. When Lamoriello, 75, was hired July 23, 2015, the plan was for him to be GM for three years before transitioning to senior adviser for the following four years. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said Monday he decided it was best to adhere to the original plan.
  • Brian Burke is leaving his position as Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and will join Sportsnet for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as an analyst, beginning this weekend. Burke, 62, had been with the Flames since Sept. 5, 2013 and hired general manager Brad Treliving on April 28, 2014. In Burke’s five seasons, the Flames made the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice. This season they finished fifth in the Pacific Division and 11 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.
  • Rick Dudley was hired as senior vice president of hockey operations for the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Dudley, 69, was senior vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens for the previous six seasons.  Dudley will report to Hurricanes president Don Waddell, furthering a relationship that dates to 1986, when Dudley was coach of Flint in the International Hockey League and hired Waddell as an assistant. They worked together most recently with the Atlanta Thrashers when Waddell, then general manager, hired Dudley as assistant GM in 2009.
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  • Chris Tierneywill center the No. 1 line for the San Jose Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Monday.  Tierney will replace Joonas Donskoi, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 2 on Saturday, on a line with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane. Pavelski moves from center to wing and Kane returns after a one-game suspension for cross-checking forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the third period of a 7-0 win by the Golden Knights in Game 1 on Thursday.
  • Nico Hischierwill have his left wrist and hand immobilized for 2-4 weeks because of an injury the New Jersey Devils rookie forward played through all season.  Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, won’t need surgery to repair the injury, the Devils announced Thursday, but it will keep him from playing for Switzerland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark from May 4-20.  The 19-year-old, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 82 regular-season games, second on the Devils behind Taylor Hall (93 points; 39 goals, 54 assists). Hischier scored one goal in New Jersey’s five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.
  • Malkin back for Game 3
  • On IR / Off IR:


  • Evander Kanehas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
  • Tom Wilsonwill have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday.  The Washington Capitals forward is facing discipline for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.  The incident occurred 9:47 into the second period. Wilson was not penalized. Aston-Reese left the game, and the Penguins said he has a broken jaw and a concussion and will be out for the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Wilson assisted on the tying goal in Washington’s 4-3 win that gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Other Interesting Stories:


  • Guy Boucher will return to coach the Ottawa Senators next season, general manager Pierre Dorion told TSN 1200 on Tuesday. Boucher’s staff also will be retained.
  • Todd McLellan will return for a fourth season as coach of the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were 36-40-6 and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season after reaching the Western Conference Second Round in 2017, their only postseason appearance since 2006. Edmonton was sixth in the Pacific Division and 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.
  • The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes will pick No. 2, and the Montreal Canadiens will pick No. 3.
  • Patrick Roy, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, returned to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when he signed a two-year contract as coach and general manager Thursday.
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  • The National Hockey League will return to China in September for a pair of preseason games between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames as part of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Flames will play host to the Bruins at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, and on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Bruins will play host to the Flames at Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The matchups in September will be the third and fourth preseason contests played in China following the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, which included games in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.
  • Jim Montgomery will be hired as coach of the Dallas Stars this week, according to TSN. Montgomery, 48, has coached the past five seasons at the University Denver. He told his players Wednesday that he has agreed in principle to become Stars coach, according to the Denver Post. Montgomery declined to comment when reached by the newspaper.  Among the players Montgomery has sent to the NHL are New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher, Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen, Anaheim Ducks forward Troy Terry, and Florida Panthers forward Henrik Borgstrom.  Montgomery had two interviews with the Florida Panthers before they hired Bob Boughner, and spoke with the Los Angeles Kings prior to them hiring John Stevens last year, according to The Denver Post.  Montgomery played pro hockey for 12 seasons, including 122 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and the Stars.




Power Ranking:

  1. Y – Vegas (1)
  2. P – Nashville (5)
  3. X – Pittsburgh (6)
  4. X – Boston (8)
  5. Z – Tampa Bay (4)
  6. Y – Washington (7)
  7. X – Winnipeg (3)
  8. X – San Jose (2)
  9. E – Toronto (9)
  10. E – Colorado (10)
  11. E – Columbus (11)
  12. E – Philly (12)
  13. E – Minnesota (13)
  14. E – New Jersey (14)
  15. E – Los Angeles (15)
  16. E – Anaheim (16)
  17. e – Florida (17)
  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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