March 26th, 2014
He may not be a household
name just yet, but San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin may work his way into
your mental NHL player directory yet. Now in his second NHL season, the 26 year
old British Columbian is continuing a trend from his amateur career that has
seen his point totals, ice-time, and contributions to his team’s success
dynamically increase every year.
Irwin spoke with me at
length about his long road to the NHL and what he’ll have to do to stay there,
the tough decisions he was required to make and small window of opportunity he
had to live out his dream, past teammates that helped get him where he is now,
current ones that help make him better, what the San Jose Sharks will have to
do to win their first Stanley Cup, what it takes to be consistently inserted
into a lineup full of Olympians, All-Stars, and Stanley Cup champions, and
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March 7th, 2014
Larry Fisher from the Kelowna Daily Courier called in for episode 13 to debrief all the action from the 2014 NHL trade deadline. We talked Martin St. Louis for Ryan Callahan, Roberto Luongo to Florida, Gaborik to LA, Ryan Miller to Buffalo, Jaroslav Halak all over the place, Vanek's path to Montreal, Edmonton's moves of Hemsky and Bryzgalov, the non-moves of Brodeur and Kesler, and we both pick our winners of the day.
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March 1st, 2014
Justin Bourne from The Score dropped by for episode 12 to debrief the Sochi 2014 Olympic hockey tournament with host Dave Cunning, and discuss it's implications on the NHL moving forward. We talked about Canada's route to gold, USA's fall from grace, Backstrom's Olympic suspension, how it affected Sweden's outcome and why team doctors weren't regulating his intake better, whether Canada's win justifies all the heavily critcised roster adjustments the coaching staff made, who steps into Steve Yzerman's role next Olympics, who Canada would send if the NHL chose not to participate in the 2018 Olympics, what the alternative to the Olympics as a best-on-best tournament would be, how John Tavares' Olympic injury affects the decision for the NHL to return or not, how it affects the Islanders going forward this season, how Olympic performances affect NHL players finishing their NHL season, and more.
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February 13th, 2014
19 year NHL veteran Bernie Nicholls joined host Dave Cunning on the phone to talk all things LA Kings, their current slump and how he'd cure it, where he keeps his Stanley Cup ring, why he declines his invites to the New Jersey Devils' alumni game every year, who should be allowed to touch the Stanley Cup, and a whole bunch more.
January 24th, 2014
Sachin and Harold return in episode 11 and join Dave in casting their Superbowl predictions, discussing how to choose a team to cheer for if you don't have one in your hometown and whether geography or national pride should play into your decision; Harold says the CFL isn't real football and discusses why he turned down an opportunity to play in the league; Sachin plays the race card concerning the Richard Sherman issue and rips Erin Andrews; and we all decide whether we'd let our kids play hockey or football knowing how what we now do about injuries, and how prevalent the risks of concussions and other injuries now are in sports.
January 15th, 2014
In episode 10, host Dave Cunning goes one-on-one with Toronto Maple Leafs/Marlies forward, Troy Bodie. A veteran of 4 NHL seasons, Bodie spoke at length about playing for Randy Carlyle, the HBO 24/7 series, fighting in hockey, being a bubble guy, outdoor games, Miley Cyrus tunes, and more.
January 2nd, 2014
In episode 9, host Dave Cunning goes one on one with Cody Almond of Geneve Servette of Switzerland's top pro hockey league, the NLA. GSHC won the 2013 Spengler Cup, and the former Minnesota Wild forward spoke about how it felt to win, where the tournament lines up with other international tournaments, GSHC's upcoming outdoor Winter Classic, and a whole bunch more.
November 4th, 2013
Panel: Dave Cunning, Harold Dale
Guest: April Whitzman
2013 MLB Fan Cave Dweller April Whitzman drops by to talk about her experience as Toronto's ultimate fan, her experience seeing the World Series played out, the continuing plight of the Toronto Blue Jays, and more. Harold chimes in to teach everyone how to pronounce "Z", and Zorro finds his way into the conversation somehow too.
October 18th, 2013
Panel: Dave Cunning, Harold Dale, Ryan Brown, Dan Nabben
In this episode, we discuss:
-Ilya Bryzgalov's free agent woes, and getting cut - whether to stick with it or pack it in.
-Tim Thomas, taking a year off and expecting to pick up where he left off; who can actually do that.
-The guy in every sport on every team that's a little off.
-Hertl's goal, "The Code", and what it means in different sports.
-The place of fighting in hockey and all sports.
-Whether the opinion of former players or analysts who didn't play holds more weight than the other.
July 26th, 2013
In our fifth episode, we discuss:
Chicago's Stanley Cup win, and winning on the road.
Sachin loses his mind and contends that the Spurs won the NBA finals.
The Luongo/Schneider debacle, Kovalchuk's NHL retirement, Bryzgalov's buyout, and the pressure of media in a big market.
Sachin and Harold hate on Dwight Howard.
Evaluating whether playing hurt is heroic or insane.
Pro players in the Olympics, and collegiate athletes making money.
Drugs in baseball.
And plenty more.