Episode 0193: B’s Signings, Winter Classic Cancelled, Reinhart Signs, Sweeney’s Future?, Retro Sweaters, All Canadian Division and More!

October 25th, 2020

Now a few weeks into the "offseason", the stories begin to get thin.  The B's have signed a few more personnel but still have Chara and DeBrusk to deal with.  Has Don Sweeney run his course in Boston?  Sam Reinhart has signed a 1 year contract with the Sabres...for 5.2 million dollars!  Doc Emrick has called it a career broadcasting hockey...we wish him all the best!  The NHL appears to be bringing back alternate sweaters this upcoming season...we break down how good (or bad) they will be.  With the issues facing the NHL and everyone, the Winter Classic has been cancelled, and there could possibly be an all Canadian Division in the NHL.  What would that look like?  Could a team like the Jets make the playoffs in this alignment?  The link to the story is below.  All this and so much more!  Give us a listen, send us your thoughts and Enjoy the Show

https://leaderpost.com/sports/hockey/nhl/winnipeg-jets/imagining-an-all-canadian-division-and-how-the-winnipeg-jets-would-fare

 

 

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Episode 0192: Defense Carousel Continues, Grzelcyk Re-signs with B’s, Mail Bag Question, Dunn A Possibility for B’s, Alzner & Vatanen Available, Ceci Signs w/Pens, Krug’s Parting Shot and More!

October 18th, 2020

A week after free agency has started and two weeks into the "offseason" have left us with a rejiggered landscape as to who the best teams are in the NHL.  We at the Two Man Forecheck are still figuring it out and this week we talk about the defenseman carousel that has begun with the move of Troy Stetcher to Detroit.  In order to make space for their new acquisition, the Golden Knights have sent Nate Schmidt to Vancouver for a 3rd round pick in 2022.  All three teams filling voids on their teams.  We also talk about Matt Grzelcyk re-signing with the Bruins.  Also on the table are many other d-men who could have been acquired by the Boston franchise.  Sami Vatanen, Karl Alzner and even Vince Dunn are potential targets. We break down the work of the L.A. Kings, a franchise that, we believe, recognizes their situation and where they are going.  We discuss the issue facing the Penguins, bringing in Cody Ceci after parting ways with Jack Johnson and Justin Schultz.  We answer a mailbag question regarding the signing of Grzelcyk and close with a parting shot from Torey Krug to Brad Marchand.  A fun show to be sure, so give us a listen, send us your questions and Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0191: B’s Miss Out on O.E.L. and Lose Krug, Proposed Twitter Trade, Marleau to Sharks, Johnson Clears Waivers, This Week’s Winners, Goaltending Carousel and More!

October 11th, 2020

We are into the off-season, have slogged through the NHL draft and are 2 plus days deep into free agency.  We start out with the failings of our hometown team, the Bruins, who have missed out on Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Larsson, lost Torey Krug to the Blues and signed Craig Smith.  We break down (for lack of a better term) a proposed deal Mike found on Twitter and briefly touch on the start of next season.  It looks like Patrick Marleau could return to the Sharks and Tyler Johnson has cleared waivers.  Finally, we pick our winners of the week and dissect the goaltending carousel and where that leaves the Chicago Blackhawks.  Lots of fun discussion to be had, so listen, give us your opinions, and Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0190: Playoff Recap, Tampa Bay’s Off Season, Lehner Gets His Deal, Lundqvist’s Future, Potential B’s Moves, Mike’s Schedule Plan for 2020-21 and Much More!

October 4th, 2020

Well, the season has come to an end.  Congrats to the Lightning for the Cup win, and to Victor Hedman for the Conn Smythe.  Now we must move on as there is always another new season to look for to for hockey fans.  We start this week with a recap of the playoffs and final along with some talk of what the two SCF teams may do this off-season.  Robin Lehner has signed a 5 year deal worth 25 million dollars.   He finally has a home in Vegas.  What does this mean for Marc-Andre Fleury and other goalies around the league?  We discuss potential landing spots for Henrik Lundqvist and other net minders.  Mike breaks down his plan for the new season schedule and it is worth a listen.  Finally, we delve into the possibility of Oliver Ekman-Larsson coming to Boston and other potential Sweeney moves.  Give us a listen and watch the NHL draft on the 6th.  Enjoy the Show!!

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Episode 0189: Life in the Bubble, Stanley Cup Final Reactions, Krug May Be Moving and Other B’s Who May Play Elsewhere, Chris Stewart Retires and More!!

September 28th, 2020

A rare Monday night recording for the Two Man Forecheck, we dive right in with a brief analysis of the Stanley Cup Final round up to this point.  The meat of the show revolves around an ESPN article (the link is below) in which many players and staff were interviewed under the veil of anonymity regarding their time in the bubbles.  The insights are eye opening and informative.  Torey Krug is one of the most desired potential free agents this off season.  It is possible that his negotiating rights could be traded before the period starts.  We break down the top four spots he could land.  We also discuss other Boston Bruin players who may have played their last game in the Garden.  Also, Chris Stewart has retired after 11 seasons in the NHL.  All this to discuss and so much more, so give us a listen and Enjoy the Show!

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29939605/nhl-bubble-confidential-go-toronto-edmonton-playoff-hubs

 

 

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Episode 0188: Isles Are Out, Kraken Should Hire Gallant, Seattle Pushes AHL Franchise One Year, Bettman Announces Schedule Change, 3 Top RFAs to Sign, B’s Should Look at O.E.L. and More!

September 20th, 2020

The Stanley Cup Final has begun which means that we will be without hockey soon but the Two Man Forecheck will be here to keep you company.  With that being said, we venture into another week with some topics to keep you talking.  We start with reasons the Isles lost the Eastern Conference Final rather than the Lightning winning it.  We also briefly touch on some of the Blue Jackets issues for the next season.  Seattle still hasn't played a game, but we talk about the franchise needing a head coach and who they should hire...Gerard Gallant.  They have also pushed the launch of their AHL affiliate out to the 2022-23 season.  Gary Bettman originally announced that the new season would start around December 1, but is now saying that it may not start until late December or early January but he still wants an 82 game schedule.  We break down three top RFAs who should be offered deals (but probably won't receive them) and we have a frank discussion around the Bruins making an offer to acquire Oliver Ekman-Larsson from Arizona.  Should the Bruins make that deal or go after Taylor Hall, assuming that you can only do one of those deals?  Lots to think about and digest so give us a listen and tell us your opinions.  Mostly...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0187: Kobe Mohr Files Suit Against Multiple Hockey Leagues, Dobby For Conn Smythe, GM Hires, Koivu Out in Minnesota, Krug Moving On, NHL Awards and More!

September 16th, 2020

With the conference finals almost done, the Stanley Cup looms closer on the horizon.  The Two Man Forecheck presses on with another action packed episode.  We start with Kobe Mohr's lawsuit against multiple hockey leagues in Canada, alleging that their practices are limiting the opportunities of the players.  We open with Anton Khudobin of the Dallas Stars being the front runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy at this point in the playoffs.  We break down both GM hires and the hiring of Peter Laviolette by the Capitals for head coach.  Mikku Koivu has announced that he will not be returning to the Minnesota Wild, the only team he has played for in his career.  Where will he land?  The Torey Krug saga continues in Boston, with the parties not finding a landing spot to quote Don Sweeney.  Where will he go?  Finally we talk about the NHL Awards that have been announced and the way they are being handed out.  All this and Peter DeBoer stating that its all Thatcher Demko's fault that they have been eliminated.  Lots to discuss, so give us a listen and tell us what you think.  Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0186: Conference Semis Revisited, Bruins Recap, Playoff Surprises, Conference Final Predictions, Kiviranta Shines, Year of the ‘Tender and More!

September 6th, 2020

The Semifinals have ended and all but one series went the full seven games.  We start with a breakdown of all the Semis and delve a little deeper into the ousting of the Boston Bruins.  After some free form surprises and general information sharing we dig into the Conference Finals and we also make our predictions for how things will turn out.  We talk about coaches and players who shined and wax poetic about the emergence of Joel Kiviranta for the Dallas Stars.  Finally, we talk about the year of the goaltender and how important the position has been during these playoffs.  Lots of content to listen to and comment on so please share your opinions, thoughts and predictions with us.  Finally, enjoy the conference finals and...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0185: B’s Are Terrible, Halak At Fault?, Kapanen To Pens, Conn Smythe Predictions At This Moment, Fire Jeremy Colliton? And Much More!

August 30th, 2020

We are well into the second round of the playoffs and the cream is starting to rise to the top.  As we start out with this week's show, the Bruins are not playing their best hockey by any measurement.  Breaking it down further we delve into the blame game being played when it comes to the net minder, Jaroslav Halak.  Is it his fault?  We say no.  We touch on the trade completed between the Pens and Leafs bringing Kapanen back to the team that drafted him, but was it the right move?  Again, we say no.  With so many other issues on the team, acquiring a goal scorer was not the first thing that should have been done.  At this point in the playoffs it would seem acceptable to talk about the Conn Smythe and we do, listing our top candidates for the award.  Mostly we agree but there are some other names that creep up.  Finally, we quickly discuss a Fansided post that indicates the Blackhawks should fire Jeremy Colliton.  Our take is that this is not the time to replace one with another and we talk about why.  So give us a listen and tell us who the Conn Smythe should go to or if Colliton should be replaced.  But most of all...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0184: Fleury Backstabbed in Vegas, First Round Reactions, Second Round Predictions, Reirden & Tallon Out, Vladar Starting, Milbury’s Comments $ Avery Wants In and More!

August 23rd, 2020

The tradtional first round of the playoffs has come to an end and the second round has started without missing a beat.  We talk about our first round reactions and surprises as well as give a couple predictions regarding the remainder of the playoffs but first we talk about Marc Andre-Fleury and how he feels about his situation in Vegas.  In all fairness, Fleury has not stated that he has an issue with this, it appears to be driven by his agent, Allan Walsh.  We talk about possible landing spots if he is out of Vegas in the future.  Todd Reirden was relieved of duties while the show was being recorded and we talk about Dale Tallon not being offered a new deal as GM of the Panthers.  Dan Vladar could possibly get a start in the second round for the Bruins against Tampa Bay.  Mike Milbury is out as a commentator for NBC due to his comment a few days ago.  We talk about this and his other comments prior.  Finally, Sean Avery has decided to throw his name into the ring to replace Milbury in the "booth" for the remainder of the playoffs.  All this and so much more is here for your listening entertainment so let us know what you think and Enjoy the Show!

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