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(Photo by Bill Zarras)

(Photo by Bill Zarras)

Podcast time! As you may or may not have heard (you’ve heard), the Flyers fired head coach Peter Laviolette on Monday, and replaced him with assistant coach Craig Berube. Gotta be among the toughest coach/GM combo in the league, no?

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News and I had a good chat about the drama that’s going on in Flyer-land (you can check out the home of a lot of his work, Frequent Flyers, here).

Specifically we discussed:

* Was the Laviolette firing actually a surprise?Frank Seravalli

* Did the players want him gone?

* Will it even make a difference?

* How much is the lack of success in Philly is based around the fact that basically nobody needs a new contract for 100 years?

* Is ex-brute Berube bright?

* Will Craig Berube make changes to the Flyers systems?

* What’s Holmgren’s hot-seat status?

* Is the goaltending good enough?

* Will there be trades ahead?

You can listen here:


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We’re back!

The new format Backhand Shelf Podcast has received a ton of great reviews, so we thank you for that. The most common request, however, has been to bring back Noon and Goldsbie for shows, which we will most certainly be doing often. Today seemed like the right time, since it’s day one of the NHL season, and time to make predictions:

* We made calls on:

* Who will win

- the Divisions

- the Conferences

- the Cup

- the individual awards

- who will surprise

- who will disappoint

* And more

You can listen to it here:


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We’re back! It’s Guest Tuesday, and in the wake of the John Scott/Phil Kessel/David Clarkson mayhem we figured it would be the perfect day to talk to James Mirtle, Toronto Maple Leafs’ beat writer for the Globe & Mail. James is consistently a source of reasoned thinking in a chaotic media market, which makes two weeks in a row we’ve had a guest like that.

I tried to avoid talking about the actual incident directly (right or wrong, YOUR CALL?!?) because that’s horse is both dead and well-beaten.

* Mirtle’s article “Leafs’ goon culture comes back to bite themjames mirtle

* The Leafs’ infatuation with truculence

* Is Carlyle to blame for sending out Phil Kessel?

* A heavy going after a skill guy

* Being in the room after writing something that could be perceived as negative

* Public reaction to any writing that isn’t pro-fighting

* And much more

You can listen to it here:


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Note Crawford's pad, and Bertuzzi's sleeves. Both talked about on the show.

Note Crawford’s pad height and Bertuzzi’s rolled-up sleeves. Both talked about on the show.

We’re back! This is sort of how the podcast is going to work this year – every week guaranteed (usually Tuesdays), but we’ll add additional ones when the right topics and guests come up. Today, we were pleased to be joined by Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman puts together the excellent “30 Thoughts” column for CBC, does the Hotstove, and is a panelist on Hockey Night in Canada.

Today we went through his last 30 Thoughts and talked about:

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* The NHL’s on-ice “dress code”

* Limits on goalie gear

* Dion Phaneuf and Darren Helm (Olympic Orientation camp comments)

* Will hybrid icing stick?

* John Tortorella’s tough ways in Vancouver

* The process of building 30 Thoughts

* And more

You can listen to it here:


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Once again, we’re still getting used to the new format of the show. Constructive feedback is welcome!

Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin

Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin

The majority of hockey fans, whether they root for a great or terrible team, believe they have great prospects in their farm system. They know the name of the guy or two they took highest in the past couple drafts, so for them, help is always on the way. …The only problem is, every team is in the same situation or better.

So with the season on the horizon it seemed like the right time to call upon Corey Pronman, prospect analyst for ESPN and Hockey Prospectus, to find out just what to expect from some of the best young players on the fringe of the NHL.

I asked him everything I wanted to know those up-and-comers, including:

* The process of evaluation

* Which teams will have the strongest and weakest “under 23″ cores

* What he expects of:

- Valeri Nichushkin
- Ryan Murray
- Morgan Reilly
- Mark Scheifele
- Mikhail Grigorenko

* What he thinks of the systems of teams like:

- Toronto
- Calgary
- Tampa Bay
- The Islanders

* And who looks good for the Calder

* I also answered a few tweets and emails (Oilers/Eakins, Tim Thomas)

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Ahhh, it’s podcast season again. Good to be back.

Things are going to be a little bit different with the podcast this year – there’s some good news and some bad (depending on your undying adoration of the old show). Here’s what you need to know:

The Good

We’re going to be having far more guests. There will be a show every Tuesday from now until next summer where we bring on other media members and the occasional player to discuss the bigger NHL topics of the day. You’ll get to know a lot of names you’re likely already familiar with a bit better.

There will be a lot more podcasts than just the Tuesday show. We have a new studio built at theScore that’s about 20 feet behind my desk. Every time something is newsworthy, I will be grabbing some hockey person from the office to discuss it with. Scott Lewis, Jake Goldsbie, John Noon, Thomas Drance and many more work here, so…there’s no shortage of hockey people.

The Bad

We’re not guaranteed to be daily, and Jake and John will only be on sporadically (but they’ll still be on at times).


All-in-all, we think the new format takes us from being a recap show, and recap shows are generally dishonest because one person can only watch so many hockey games each night. It opens the show up to new voices, and allows us to not force it on days there isn’t news, and embrace news as it breaks. I may be adding 10 minute conversations to the bottom of written posts here and there too, just for kicks.

So here we are. The first Backhand Shelf Podcast of the 2013-14 NHL season. Go easy on me in the role of host.


Our first guest is Mike Halford of NBC’sro Hockey Talk (one of my personal favorite hockey sites on the interwebz). I’m also a big fan of Mike’s for this sort of wonderful writing in the cutline:

Halford writing


Too good.

Today we discussed:

* The below segment on trading Tyler Seguin in “Behind The B’s.” It’s roughly from the 5:20 mark until 12:00 or so, but we include an audio clip in the podcast that sums it up: this kid doesn’t fit the culture, it’s time to move on.

* Is 3-on-3 overtime a good idea, or no?

* What do you expect from Tim Thomas this season (performance-wise)

* The NHL wants to add a billion in revenue over the next three years?

* John Tortorella doesn’t want the Canucks tweeting

You can listen to it here:


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Hi there! Your weekly podcast is coming on a Thursday today, due to a company golf tournament tomorrow. Fun.

We discussed:

* Athletes role in politics

* Russians treatment in the NHL

* The Heritage Classic underselling

* Kadri hasn’t signed yet

* Nor has Pietrangelo

* Our long weekend barbecue preferences

You can listen to it here:


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