Puck Podcast – December 19, 2009

On this week’s show we’ll talk about the past week in the NHL inlcuding ANOTHER milestone for Martin Brodeur, a rant from an NHL coach, more injury woes for Hockeytown, one of the most embarrassing plays you’ll see by a goalie, news involving the Winter Classic and why one NHL team needs some new hockey equipment for Christmas. All that and more on this edition of the Puck Podcast.

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  1. The way the Canucks have been playing this season, I’ll be surprised if they end up making the playoffs. They’re now 4-2 on this homestand. If they don’t beat Nashville and Edmonton, I’ll go ahead and predict that they miss the post-season. Even if they do make it 6-2 on the eight-gamer, it’s not a guarantee with the 14-game road trip coming up. I don’t know what it is, but they’re playing with absolutely no consistency. If they’re not in a playoff position by the end of December, I think there will be a change, whether it’s a new coach or a trade. Something seems very wrong with that club right now.

    Once again, as always, I love the show! It’s a great way to start my Monday in the office. Merry Christmas to you both from chilly (-20 degrees) Edmonton!

  2. Mike,
    I wholeheartedly agree. The Canucks are looking to be a dicey pick to even make the playoffs, much less win the Cup as I predicted before the season. I can’t put my finger on the problem either but they do not seem to play with a lot of urgency or desperation and, in my opinion, they should be. I think a coaching change could fix that and it is, of course, the easiest fix to make. And let’s not forget how poorly the Penguins were playing last season before making a coaching change, and two great trades, which launched them from outside of the playoffs to Stanley Cup champions in just four months. The Canucks season can be salvaged but the longer they wait to either make a change or turn things around the harder it will be.

    Thanks for supporting the show and for posting a comment. Stay warm and Happy Holidays.

  3. I am beginning to have the same fears about the Red Wings making the playoffs. Between the injuries and the strength of the conference, I am not sure they can win (or lose!) enough OT shootouts to get the job done!

  4. So the Panthers blew out the Flyers in the thier own arena tonight. Mike Richards hit ANOTHER Panther in the open ice (Stephen Weiss) and was confronted by no less than three Panthers players, one of which fought… Ian Lapierre… It was Lappy’s second fight with a Panther player in the contest. I have one question: WHY DIDN’T A SINGLE PANTHERS PLAYER GET MIKE RICHARDS TO FIGHT??!!??

    Oh, that’s right. Today’s NHL allows stars to LAY OUT anyone and then have them point to another player and say: “Hey, fight him instead!”

    This reminds me of the situation between Jack Johnson and Ryan Smyth two seasons ago. At one point, JJ slammed The Smythe into the turnbuckle and knocked him out cold. It was a perfectly legal play, but it was still ugly. Come next meeting, Ian Lapierre told JJ he had to go and Johnson agreed. He knew that it was a price he had to pay. Ian was not going to destroy him or hurt him, but let Johnson know that they were not going to stand for it. Gloves dropped and ready to go, Rob Blake comes in and breaks it up.

    Because no one in the NHL has to pay for what they have done…

  5. Kris,
    I had forgotten about that JJ hit on Smyth but not that you mention it I remember it very clearly. I wonder if the two of them have talked about it at all now that they are teammates. I’m guessing Smyth would just say “that’s hockey” but it would be interesting to ask.

  6. I don’t think Smyth was really upset, no. It was a bad place, bad time situation. I have never believed JJ had any real idea that he would be smashing The Smythe into the turnbuckle!

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