Episode 0181: B’s Notes, Real Issue Re-signing Krug, Laine & Scheifele Injured, Rangers Notes, Habs OT Win, Chayka Out in Arizona, ‘Hawks Win and More!

August 2nd, 2020

Hockey is back!!  The playoff qualifiers have begun and we are seeing some interesting hockey.  The Bruins have issues with Rask not able to go on Saturday for practice.  Kase is back with the team but will not play until at least Wednesday.  We talk about a Kirk Luedeke story indicating that the term of the contract, not the money, is the issue at hand in re-signing Torey Krug.  Anders Bjork signs a 3 year extension.  The Winnipeg Jets not only lost their opening game, but may have lost Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele for a time to injury.  The Rangers skated with the Hurricanes but ultimately lost their first game.  The Canadiens won the first overtime game of the re-start, proving that being better on paper is not a guarantee on the ice.  Jonathan Drouin was being lambasted on Twitter after the game for his performance.  The Blackhawks Kubalik is the first rookie in NHL history to get five points in their first playoff game in a win against the Oilers.  Finally, we discuss the ongoing story in Arizona where John Chayka, the General Manager has left the team.  All this and so much more to digest, so give us a listen, tell us what you think and...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0180: Seattle Announces a Name, NHLAward Nominees, Stories From the 24 Finalists and More!

July 26th, 2020

We are one week away from a return to hockey!  Let's celebrate this for a moment.  We do it with a show discussing stories from the twenty-four teams that are in the Stanley Cup tournament.  We start the show with a frank discussion about the new name for the Seattle franchise...the Kraken.  We break up the show talking about the NHL Award nominees and finish with more stories circling the tournament.  Give us a listen and share your opinions with us and Enjoy the show!

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Episode 0179: Training Camp Notes, Ghost Still Has a Role, Pasta and Kase Not In Camp, Jack Adams Finalists, Rask Sees Timeshare in Boston, Chayka Talks Experience, Boeser Not Happy and More!

July 19th, 2020

Two weeks from today starts NHL games again.  We can't wait but for now we talk about it and salivate.  The show starts with training camp notes and players for each team that are considered "unable to participate".  We also re-visit Stamkos' injury and the fact that he has returned.  We segue into Shayne Gostisbehere, who has had surgeries this season as potentially still playing a role for the Flyers this season.  We also touch on Pastrnak and Kase not being in Bruins camp.  Reluctantly we delve into the Jack Adams award finalists, Bruce Cassidy, John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault.  We discuss who should be left out and other candidates that should get consideration.  Tuukka has stated that he can see a timeshare in the Boston net once the NHL restarts.  We break down why this is a good idea and also the potential for next season and beyond if Rask does retire.  John Chayka has expounded on the playoff experience on his squad in Arizona, with four players and the head coach having Stanley Cup winning experience and finally we re-visit last week's story about Brock Boeser being bandied about in trades.  He isn't happy with all the trade talk and he should be as his team is heading in the right direction.  So give us a listen while you wait for the games, tell us what's on your mind and...Enjoy the show!!

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Episode 0178: Boeser on the Block, Stamkos Injured, Coyotes and O.E.L. Getting Healthy, Landing Spots for Byfuglien, Stanley Cup Odds, Lindy Ruff is Back and More!

July 12th, 2020

Weeks away from the start of the post-season, we continue to push on.  This show starts with a recap of the key dates for the upcoming post season and off season for 2020.  The top story is the possibility of Vancouver moving Brock Boeser.  We delve into possible landing spots, who has the capital to pull off the move, and what the return should be for his services.  We talk about Steven Stamkos getting injured during a pre-season workout.  The dreaded L.B.I. (lower body injury) has been a problem for Stammer for some time throughout his career.  How much longer will he play?  We discuss.  The Coyotes are getting healthy at the right time, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson is feeling 100%, so how far can Arizona go in the playoffs?  A great discussion ensues.  We found an article describing three landing spots for Dustin Byfuglien, and one of them is not a franchise.  We talk about the Stanley Cup odds and give our feelings on their accuracy.  Finally, Lindy Ruff is back behind the bench as boss.  How will he fare with the New Jersey Devils?  Lots of content so give us a listen and tell us what you think.  Enjoy the Show!!

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Episode 0177: Hub Cities Undecided, CBA Discussions and the Current Climate, If Eichel Leaves Buffalo, Sabres Organizational Needs, Kotkaniemi Returning, Wild About the Expansion Draft and More!

July 5th, 2020

As we close in on the start of the next level for the NHL, the Two Man Forecheck continues to talk hockey without pauses.  This week we start with the Hub Cities and where they might be located.  It would now appear that they will both be in Canada and there appears to be a level of certainty now that could spell Edmonton and Toronto.  The Athletic has an article dispensing information regarding the current framework for the NHL's CBA agreement.  There were some surprising nuances in the document regarding 35+ contracts and players with NMC/NTC in their contracts.  So we dive into the deep end and break down what it all means.  Jimmy Murphy has written an interesting article regarding if Eichel leaves Buffalo it will start a bidding war, but we go deeper and talk about the troubling issues with the franchise itself.  Jesperi Kotkaniemi is returning to the Canadiens, which should help the team, but in what way and will Julien use him at all?  Finally, we talk about the Wild and their skittishness with the expansion draft.  Having lost Tuch the last time around, who are they willing to expose when Seattle comes calling?  All this and much more so grab a beverage, give us a listen, tell us what you think and...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0176: Wingels Retires, Hub City Quandary, Tuukka Plans to Return, NHL Prospects Galore, Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees and so much More!

June 28th, 2020

Hi all and welcome to another week at the Two Man Forecheck!  We have a long show this week, packed with information and fun so delve in!  Tommy Wingels retired a couple weeks ago but we missed it so now we say a proper goodbye.  We dive into the Hub City quandary and try to discern where the two will end up.  We also discuss other potential spots the NHL won't consider.  Even further down the rabbit hole we talk about other ways to deal with the ice issues that may creep up.  Tuukka has a plan to return to the Bruins for practice while the other goaltender never left town.  Now we have fun with our prospects galore, with more to come next week, but for now we talk about guys that we feel will go in the second or third round.  We close out the show with a discussion about the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and those that should have or have not been voted in.  A lot to digest here so sit down with your favorite beverage, or whatever you do to listen to podcasts, prepare your comments and Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0175: Sabres Making Changes, Eichel Availability, Luke Kunin Ready to Play, Matthews Tests Positive, Hockey Diversity Alliance is Formed, Ryan Reaves Family Tree and much More!

June 21st, 2020

The excitement builds as the NHL targets the end of July for a return to live games.  Here at the the Forecheck, we are live every week.  Starters consist of Luke Kunin, forward for the Wild, expressing his desire to start playing again.  The concern here is that he has diabetes and is of a higher risk to contract the virus than others, but he has been presented with the information he needs from professionals around him to make an informed decision regarding playing.  Auston Matthews has tested positive for the virus, and appears to be the only named player around the league to have tested as such.  Why is he named?  There has been no answer so we discuss.  Only about 5 percent of the players tested have received a positive result.  For the mains, we delve into the dumpster fire that is the Buffalo Sabres.  They have eliminated 23 administrative and scouting employees, including the GM and assistant GMs.  The replacement is the senior VP of business administration, Kevyn Adams.  There is a long road ahead for this man, and one of those tasks is convincing Jack Eichel to stay with the team that drafted him.  We talk about the possibility of the Bruins acquiring his talents.   Finally, we discuss the formation of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, formed by a handful of players and headed up by Akim Aliu and Evander Kane.  Although not an NHL created alliance, the NHL is hoping to work with them on the topic of diversity and inclusion.  Oh yeah, and Ryan Reaves and Kane appear to be working towards burying the hatchet.  His great, great, great granddad is Bass Reeves.  Give us a listen to find out who he is and...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0174: NHL Hub Cities, Vegas Leaked, Best To Wear the Number, the Chicago Way, Danny Wirtz Named ‘Hawks President, Bruin Tests Positive, Miller for Masterton and More!

June 14th, 2020

Phase 3 is the next step in the return, as July 10 is the next date to remember, but the Two Man Forecheck presses on.  This week we talk about the security in the NHL with regard to its hub cities, as Las Vegas is speculated to be one of the two.  We break down scenarios and locations of where the other one (or both) should be held.  The NHL has released a list of the best to wear the number, and Chicago claims that 12 of those numbers belong to Blackhawks.  But is that the truth?  Reality tells us that maybe not, and we discuss who and how many are actually 'Hawks players.  Danny Wirtz, son of chairman Rocky Wirtz has been named interim president of Chicago, but how does this affect the team.  We give ample time to the discussion of how this will work out for them and other young execs around the league.  A Boston Bruin has tested positive (and then twice negative) for that which shall not be named, so how does this affect the team going forward.  Finally, Kevan Miller has been nominated for the Masterton Award for perseverance.  We talk about how it affects him and the team.  Lots to talk about, so give us a listen and share your opinions with us.  Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0173: Kellerman Rant, Western Conference Preview, Round Robin Issues, Golden Knights Return, Eichel Frustrated2003 Redraft Vindication and More!

June 7th, 2020

The light in the tunnel is getting brighter.  Phase 2 brings with it practices for the teams with a limit of 6 players.  But we at the Two Man Forecheck are still in playoff form.  We start out with a rant from Max Kellerman from First Take where he stated that the NHL is not one of the 4 major sports.  This, amazingly, brought with it some backlash especially from Mike Milbury.   We delve into the playoffs with a Western Conference preview.  Some of the matchups should make for entertaining hockey.  Spinning off of this topic we discuss why the Round Robin games should not be happening.  We also pay a short visit to Las Vegas and talk about their start of practice tomorrow (Monday the 8th).  Buffalo has had its share of failure the past few seasons and one player in particular is frustrated over the whole ordeal.  We talk about Jack Eichel and his current tenure with the Sabres and what they should do to make his remaining time there successful.  Finally, we talk about the 2003 draft again, and give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.  Mike is especially proud of the fact that he has the same number one pick as NHL.com.  Give us a listen, tell us what you think and, as always...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0172: 2020 Supplemental Draft (Not What You Think), Cehlarik Leaves Boston, NHL Return to Play Plan, Replacement C’s for Chara, Nash Playoff Woes, Kakko’s Return, Wheeler’s Tweet and More!

May 31st, 2020

Hockey is back!!  And that is the best thing about the NHL's Return to Play plan.  Mike and I break down what we like and do not like about this plan...here's a hint...the draft lottery is a mess!  But we start with a story from the Athletic where each of the 24 playoff teams are allowed to draft a player from one of the seven non-playoff teams.  Its clearly not going to happen, not real, but extremely entertaining and leads to a lot of discussion...especially with regard to snubs.  We talk about Peter Cehlarik leaving Boston and signing with Lugano.  He played 40 games in the NHL with 11 points, but felt that he was always waiting for the mistake that got him sent down.  We break down possible captains for the Bruins when Chara retires.  We respond to Larry Brooks' response to a question regarding Rick Nash's playoff woes in 2014 and discuss a current Ranger, Kaapo Kakko and his return to the Rangers.  Based on what John Davidson says, we have no idea what he is saying.  Finally, we present a tweet from Blake Wheeler regarding his home state of Minnesota and his feelings on what is happening to his home.  Give us a listen, its a little longer show than usual but full of opinion makers.  Thank you and Enjoy the Show!

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