One Puck Short Podcast – Play-Off Time!

Sportsnet and New York Times writer Pat Pickens is my guest, as the Stanley Cup play-offs get underway!

Pat and I looked at each series, and some of the sub stories within them; including:

  • Why can’t Philadelphia win at Madison Square Garden?
  • Mike Babcock for the Jack Adams
  • Marc Andre Fleury and the ghosts of play-offs past
  • Dan Bylsma’s future in Pittsburgh
  • A Bishop-less Tampa Bay
  • Paul Stastny’s re-emergence as a star
  • Ducks Cup chances
  • Dodgy defence
  • Martin Brodeur’s future

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker; or you can find The One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!

Thanks to Pat for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @Pat_Pickens.

As always; any questions, comments or thoughts on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related can be fired across to me on Twitter, @RobMcGregor35, or you can email onepuckshort@gmail.com.

You can also ‘like’ One Puck Short on Facebook

Play-Off Predictions – Round 1

With the Stanley Cup play-offs set to being tonight, it seemed only fitting to throw my two pence in to the ring and make some predictions for the first round.

There’s no question the new format has led to some mouth watering ties, with at least a couple of serious contenders for the Cup set to fall at the first hurdle. Here’s how I see things shaping up:

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Wylde About The Leafs

On the latest One Puck Short Podcast I’m joined by Adam Wylde, co-host of The Steve Dangle Podcast and one half of Blake and Wylde In the Afternoon on Kiss 92.5 in Toronto.

Naturally the main topic of conversation was the Maple Leafs roller coaster season; including:

  • What went wrong?
  • Randy Carlyle’s future
  • Is Pete DeBoer the man for the Leafs?
  • Tim Leiweke as the man to fix the Maple Leafs (the interview with George Stroumboulopoulos that Adam referred to can be found below)
  • James Reimer’s future
  • Personality in hockey

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker; or you can find The One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes!

Thanks to Adam for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamWylde – and as promised, here’s Tim Leiweke’s interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:

As always, any questions, comments or thoughts on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related; you can email onepuckshort@gmail.com.

Size and Style Changed Goaltending; Not Gear

Two photographs of former Chicago Blackhawks netminder Darren Pang and current Tampa Bay #1 Ben Bishop have sent the hockey world in to a spin.

The sight of the diminutive Pang stood next to 6’7″ Bishop proved to be both amusing and enlightening – bringing in to sharp focus just how much those acting as the last line of defence have changed over the past 30 years.

The Colorado native is just the latest in an increasingly long line of tall netminders to establish themselves in the NHL. And whilst goaltending equipment is under constant scrutiny, you can’t change the inalienable truth that modern goaltenders size, and style, prove the position has changed forever.

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One Puck Short Podcast – Play-Off Push

After a two week ‘vacation’, the One Puck Short Podcast returns!

AM590 reporter and InGoal Magazine writer Greg Balloch joins me on this weeks podcast to look at the current play-off picture, as the regular season draws to a close.

Greg and I talked about:

  • Detroit’s Great Form
  • New Jersey’s Failing
  • Martin Brodeur’s struggles this year (Here is the article Greg referenced on GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average)
  • Western wild cards
  • Is it Dallas spot to lose?
  • Cup contenders
  • Thoughts on the new play-off and league format
  • Vezina Trophy favourites
  • Isles ownership news
  • Canucks management ‘troubles’ and ownership situation
  • The idea of a Seattle vs Vancouver rivalry

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker; or you can find The One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!

Thanks to Greg for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @GregBallochST.

As always; any questions, comments or thoughts on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related can be fired across to me on Twitter, @RobMcGregor35, or you can email onepuckshort@gmail.com. You can also ‘like’ One Puck Short on Facebook

Isles Fully Focussed on Future

With the move to Brooklyn a little over 12 months away, and Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Barroway rumoured to be in talks to buy the team, the New York Islanders gaze is fixed firmly on the future.

After making the play-offs last year, hopes were high heading in to this season. But one disaster after another seemed to befall the club. Poor form and injuries to key players, combined with the controversial Thomas Vanek trade(s), made for a rough ride for a fan base already weary of years in the basement.

Despite having 8 games remaining in the 2013/14 campaign, many have already switched off and the only question now left on many supporters lips is simply ‘what happens next?’

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The Joy of Depth

Team GB Head Coach Doug Christiansen is enjoying a rare headache, as he whittles down his squad ahead of the IIHF World Championship (Division 1B) in Lithuania next month – depth of talent.

Whilst GB don’t possess the might of Canada, Sweden or even Switzerland; in previous years options have been thin and the squad has essentially picked itself. Now the former Edinburgh, Belfast and Sheffield Coach has genuine options, as Team GB looks to bounce back following last years relegation.

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