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Getting Ready for Christmas Hockey Style

INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS – RADIO SHOW | EPISODE 14 Getting Ready for Christmas Hockey Style   Brad Burud takes a break from the day in and day out hockey talk of the National Hockey League.  It's time to talk Christmas gifts.  Hockey fans love hockey related Christmas gifts.  Gift ideas of all price ranges are discussed, and then hockey author Howard Shapiro joins the show to discuss his new book Kates Really Good at Hockey.  An interesting take on youth hockey and what it teaches kids away from the ice.  A great read for the young hockey fan, and a great Christmas gift idea.  Then it is time for a listener poll.  What is the greatest hockey related Christmas gift that you have received?   PODCAST

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Seattle Joins the Party

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 44 Seattle Joins the Party   The National Hockey League has officially announced the expansion of teams to thirty-two.  Seattle will join the party for the 2021-2022 season.  Brad Burud and Blake Friars give their thoughts on Seattle and talk about their odds of success and the hurdles that they will face.  They then move topics to teams in jeopardy of possible relocation and what cities would be successful homes to teams on the move.  It looks like Arizona will be moving to the Central Division when Seattle arrives.  Is this fair and the correct solution, or is this a sign that the NHL just might have thoughts they may be moving to Houston.  Dirty hits rounds out the topics for this episode.   PODCAST

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Reaves Night of Revenge

The Instigator |Episode 20 Reaves Night of Revenge   Vegas Golden Knights tough guy Ryan Reaves got his revenge on Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson. It came with a vicious blind sided hit. Was it revenge for beating them in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals or was it revenge for all of the dirty hits and players he has injured over the past few years. I am guessing the latter of the two. Wilson has a reputation of being a predator. Well on this night of revenge, he became the victim. It delighted many, now I don’t want any player hurt, but I think we all chuckled when the controversial player got a bit of his own medicine.   PODCAST

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Nylander Saga Finally Ends and Wilson Antics

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 43 Nylander Saga Finally Ends and Wilson Antics   The William Nylander saga is now over in Toronto. What does this mean for the Leafs. What does it mean for their salary cap future, and what does it mean for pending RFA players. Brad Burud and Blake Friars are breaking it all down, and they are full of opinions. Then Tom Wilson is back to his dirty antics. Has he learned anything from his recent suspension? It was a busy week in the NHL. The Islanders are back home, the intensity level boils over in numerous games this week. An almost goalie fight and a goalie outburst. It is all up for debate on this episode.   PODCAST

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Who is the NHL’s Top Sniper?

INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS – RADIO SHOW | EPISODE 13 Who is the NHL’s Top Sniper?     Every hockey fan loves watching the sniper blast a slapper over the top shoulder of the goalie. Brad Burud of Inside Edge Hockey News breaks down all the best snipers currently playing in the National Hockey League. Then Blake Friars of The Debate Hockey Podcast joins the show to give his take on who is the top snipers currently playing and who are the snipers of the future. Then it is time to break out the Facebook poll and answer the question “Who is the greatest sniper all-time?” An action packed episode of the Inside Edge Hockey News Radio Show.  
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NHL Playoff Marker Thanksgiving

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 42 NHL Playoff Marker Thanksgiving   It is NHL Playoff marker number one. American Thanksgiving has become a marker point for who is in and out of the playoffs. Brad Burud and Blake Friars discuss and debate who they think will fall out of the playoffs and who they think will push up into a playoff spot. Some of the predictions are very interesting. Then it is time to discuss a variety of topics in the NHL. Is Luongo done? Is the Roussel fine appropriate? Coaches get fired, trades happen, the breakdown on all of them, and is there a hotter player than Patrik Laine?? I think not!   PODCAST

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31 Thankfuls

It is American Thanksgiving weekend and the NHL season is now in full swing.  The divisional races are already heating up.  Some teams are playing themselves into playoff spots and other teams are doing the opposite and really making things hard on themselves.  In this time of thankfulness every team does have one thing to be thankful for:   Florida Panthers – Roberto Luongo, he is playing great (even at his age) and is even a better ambassador for hockey in Florida. Amended --- injured as this was written,,,the luck could not be worse in Florida… Carolina Hurricanes – The Celebration --- WOW! Ottawa Senators – GOALS, GOALS, GOALS – lead the entire league with 3.57 goals per game.  Amazing for a team predicted to finish last. Arizona Coyotes – The best penalty kill in the NHL at 91.7%. Calgary Flames – A solid back-up goalie in David Rittich.  With Mike Smith having horrible struggles the play of Rittich has been a welcome surprise. Columbus Blue Jackets – They have to be thankful for their 2ndplace in the Metro Division.  They don’t have great team stats, so this is great news to be in a playoff spot. Dallas Stars – The defense has been strong, 6thin goals against at 2.57.  Now come on offense. New York Islanders – The end of Barclays is coming closer every day. Vancouver Canucks – Elias Petterson – the young star is giving the fans hope for the future. Anaheim Ducks – Goaltending is great.  Gibson and Miller have been saviors. Winnipeg Jets – A general manager that stayed the course.  Their cupboards are stocked with great players and prospects. Colorado Avalanche – The hottest line in hockey – Landeskog/MacKinnon/Rantanen Buffalo Sabres – Jeff Skinner 23 Points.  He has elevated the play of Eichel and revitalized Jason Pominville. Los Angeles Kings – Quick returning from injury sooner than expected. New Jersey Devils – They have $13+ million dollars in cap space.  They made need some reinforcement to get back to last years levels. Minnesota Wild – Consistency – This team finds a way to make the playoffs and each and every year and this year looks like more of the same. Tampa Bay Lightning – Scoring Depth – with Kucherov, Point, Gourde and Stamkos collecting points at a point a game pace what more could you ask for. St. Louis Blues – There is only 60 games left in the season…… Detroit Red Wings – The opportunity to draft high for once.  Stock the cupboards with young talent. San Jose Sharks – Erik Karlsson scoring his first goal and getting that over with.  Time to focus on winning. Montreal Canadiens – Hard work ethic – the only way they are winning.  Outwork opponents. Edmonton Oilers – The new savior Ken Hitchcock (is this the sixth one???) Nashville Predators – Pekka Rinne and Jusse Saros. The top goalie tandem in the league. Philadelphia Flyers – Gritty!  What the hell am I kidding... New York Rangers – Honesty. They told their fans times would be difficult.   Now they are exceeding everyone’s expectations. Toronto Maple Leafs – John Tavares – He is living up to all the crazy hype. Vegas Golden Knights – A strong franchise start last year.  What a great kickstart. Pittsburgh Penguins – Scoring. This team can score.  Rated 7thin the NHL, but they are in last place.  That will not last long. Washington Capitals – Ovie is still scoring after his summer party.   Boston Bruins – The most complete line in hockey – Pastrnak/Bergeron/Marchand Chicago Blackhawks – A healthy Corey Crawford.   Be Thankful!    

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Panic in Pittsburgh and Players Under the Radar

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 41 Panic in Pittsburgh and Players Under the Radar   Brad Burud and Blake Friars talk Pittsburgh Penguins. Should there be panic in the “Steel City” or is all the panic premature. The Penguins find themselves in last place and the hockey world is so not used to seeing that. Then its time to breakdown all the players off to hot starts that were not expected to be doing this well. What players are flying under the radar? Then it’s time to go around the horn and talk injuries, Buffalo Sabres, the “Battle of Alberta”, playoff projections, and a very heated and frustrating listener question. Yes, he is a rat!   PODCAST  

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Inside Edge Hockey News Radio Show - Episode 12 - Goaltending Disaster

Inside Edge Hockey News Radio Show - Episode 12 - Goaltending Disaster   The NHL season is one month old and one of the most surprising stories of this young season is the struggles that goaltenders are having thus far.  The numbers are disastrous.  Brad Burud discusses what goalies are struggling, and gives insight into why these struggles are taking place.  He talks about how long this will continue, and if the NHL is changing to a two goalie team system rather than a system where a team lives and dies on the #1 starter.  Then Mark Paul from Overtime Hockey Talk joins the show to give a very interesting perspective on why he thinks goalies are off to a terrible start this season.  Then it is time to dive into a fan poll - Who is the best goaltender in the NHL from the 1980's to present?  The results are interesting and controversial.   PODCAST

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Nylander Sign or Trade and the Inconsistent Oilers

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 40 Nylander Sign or Trade and the Inconsistent Oilers     Are you sick and tired of thinking and speculating what will happen with William Nylander. Brad Burud and Blake Friars are too. For the last time they break down possible trade scenarios for Nylander, and discuss the possibility that he still may sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Would the real Edmonton Oilers please stand up….are you good or are you terrible again? Joel Quenneville is out in Chicago. This is crazy. Questionable hits, player suspensions, and the Hall of Fame welcomes six new members. It was a crazy week in the NHL and did we mention the UBER fiasco in Ottawa.
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Malkin Hit on Oshie | Overreaction?

The Instigator - Episode 19 - Malkin Hit on Oshie | Overreaction?   When Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin drove his shoulder in to the head of Washington Capitals forward TJ Oshie the hockey world went crazy.  Half of the people were screaming for a suspension and half thought the match penalty was outrageous.  It was an interesting play and call.  Brad Burud breaks down the hit and discusses his opinion on what the penalties or suspensions should have been.   PODCAST

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THE DEBATE - Hockey Podcast - Episode 39 - Canadian Success and the Best Line in Hockey

THE DEBATE - Hockey Podcast - Episode 39 - Canadian Success and the Best Line in Hockey   One month into the NHL season Canadian teams are off to a historically strong start.  Brad Burud and Blake Friars talk about each of the Canadian teams.  What their strengths and weaknesses are and the most important question.  How many of the Canadian teams will make the playoffs.  Then it is time to talk about NHL power lines.  What is the best line in hockey?  What is the most powerful young line in hockey?  Then on to the weekly wrap.  Pekka Rinne resigns, Kings clean house on coaching staff, and the rat is back at it, Brad Marchand is making a fool of himself once again.   PODCAST  

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THE DEBATE - Hockey Podcast - Episode 38 - Memorable Goals, Coaching Turnstile, and the Soft NHL

THE DEBATE - Hockey Podcast - Episode 38 - Memorable Goals, Coaching Turnstile, and the Soft NHL   Brad Burud and Blake Friars are back at it with another jammed packed episode of THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast.  Every hockey fan has a list of memorable goals.  They reminisce what goals they really remember as WOW Goals!  Then the conversation amps up as they discuss the state of the NHL.  Is the league becoming soft or is the entire world becoming soft?  NHL coaches have been changing faster and faster.  Are they taking the heat for inconsistent play of their players?  Injuries are again on the docket for conversation, and they wrap it up with a debate on what division is the strongest in the NHL, and who can forget three questions.   PODCAST  

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The Instigator |Episode 18 Stop the Childish Celebration

The Instigator |Episode 18 Stop the Childish Celebration     I am all for having fun when you play hockey. That is why we play the game..but what the Carolina Hurricanes have been doing after wins at home has me shaking my head. What is happening to this league. This is the most childish celebrations I have ever seen. Just when you thought that was the extent of the celebration. Dougie Hamilton took it to a new level by “flossing”…. What is next from the Carolina Hurricanes?
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THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 37 Legal Pot and Pulling the Goalie

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 37 Legal Pot and Pulling the Goalie     The NHL regular season is in full swing. Brad Burud and Blake Friars discuss the legalization of marijuana in Canada, and how it will effect hockey. Then they dive into when is the proper time to pull your goalie. Analytics is changing when coaches are choosing to do this, and more goals are the result this season. Then its time to talk about a barrage of topics – Leafs fall, Move over Rinne, Point streaks and a Kings coach in trouble. THE DEBATE is packed with NHL entertainment.   PODCAST  

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The Instigator |Episode 17 Death Threats…C’mon People

The Instigator |Episode 17 Death Threats…C’mon People     Well the Elias Pettersson hit from Florida Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson was one thing, but death threats is way out of line. The suspension was handed down from the NHL and it was two games. Was it a little much, yes maybe, but then in the week following Matheson has now received death threats from Vancouver fans. That is not hockey, and those fans should be embarrassed of their behavior.  
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Matthews$, Offer Sheets, Pettersson Slam and Teams in Trouble

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 36 Matthews$, Offer Sheets, Pettersson Slam and Teams in Trouble     Brad Burud and Blake Friars are fired up to talk Austin Matthews money. Is his future in Toronto? How much will he get paid? Can the Leafs afford him? What is the chance of an offer sheet on him or William Nylander? Then they dive (or slam) into the Elias Pettersson injury and what should happen. Suspension or not? Well its not a secret that they disagree on this one… Actually they totally disagree. Then to wrap things up they discuss what teams have played themselves into trouble this early in the season.
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INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS – RADIO SHOW | EPISODE 10 Player Survey, Calgary Flames Outlook, and Dirtiest Player

INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS – RADIO SHOW | EPISODE 10 Player Survey, Calgary Flames Outlook, and Dirtiest Player Brad Burud talks about a NHL player survey done by Kevin Allen of USA Today. What do players think about concussions, surprise teams, expansion, and the potential lockout. The answers may just surprise you. Then Auddie James joins the show to breakdown the Calgary Flames. The positives and negatives and expectations for this season. Other NHL news such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary arena problems, and sports collectables. Then in this episodes poll we breakdown the dirtiest players in the league.   PODCAST    

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The Instigator - 1,260,162 Thank You's to the NHL

The Instigator |Episode 16 1,260,162 Thank You’s to the NHL   Well the wildly overpaid goon for the Washington Capitals is back at it again, but this time the National Hockey League makes him pay for it. In the Capitals final preseason game, forward Tom Wilson landed a vicious head shot on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. The was needless and extremely dangerous. This time the NHL got the suspension right.   PODCAST  

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THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast - Hot Starts and Controversy

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 35 Hot Starts and Controversy   The NHL season is one week old and its time for Brad Burud and Blake Friars to discuss what went down in week one of the season. Who is off to a hot start and who is struggling. Injuries are taking their toll on numerous teams. I think we are all in agreement when we say we are tired about hearing how great the Toronto Maple Leafs are…. we discuss. And, don’t forget the controversy. Gudbranson, Marchand and Byfuglien all walking a thin line. Check out THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast.   PODCAST

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Lock for Rookie of the Year

My Lock for Rookie of the Year   Elias Pettersson has taken the NHL by storm. Three goals and two assists in his first two games in the NHL. Canucks fans haven’t had a dynamic player like this since Pavel Bure dawned the skate logo. Still some work ahead of them in this rebuild. But, with the likes of Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Quintin Hughes,  Bo Horvat, and Thatcher Demko in the organization the light is at the end of the tunnel for a franchise who was one win away from the Stanley Cup in 2011.    Surprising Habs   I know it is only two weeks into the season for the Montreal Canadiens… that being said they took the Toronto Maple Leafs into overtime… (and deserved to win too). Saturday night they handled the Pittsburgh Penguins with ease in a dominating 5-1 win. They look a lot faster this year with some injected youth (Kotkaniemi, Armia, Domi,). Carey Price has looked like vintage Carey Price early in this season and that is great news for Habs fans. Can they keep this up? Probably not. But at the end of the day the Canadiens will go as far as Price takes them.    Marchand the Rat   The RAT was back at it again. This time I don’t have a problem with what Brad Marchand did. In a 6-0 game against the Washington Capitals, and the Boston Bruins. Lars Eller skated by the Bruins bench and taunted the team during a fly by on the 7thgoal. The next shift Brad Marchand took matters into his own hands and went after Eller and got some punches in. Could he have handled it in a different way? 100%. But… growing up you are taught to never show up the opposing team doesn’t matter what the score is. After this incident Lars Eller for sure will think twice before taunting the bench.   Toews is Back   Jonathan Toews is RED HOT to start the season 5 goals, 1 assist in 3 games to start the season. Last year he scored a respectable 20 goals (his lowest total in his career). Toews returning to high 60- mid 70-point total this year would go a long way for a Black Hawks team. The Hawks are off to a surprising 2-0-1 start to the season. Also getting Corey Crawford back soon. Many have them in the basement of the powerful Central division. Including myself.   Tom Wilson enough said…   Tom Wilson was suspended 20 games by the NHL earlier this week. This this the 4thtime Wilson has been disciplined. So as a repeat offended I have no problem with a 20 gamer. Obviously, he hasn’t learned his lesson. With the suspension Wilson will forfeit over a million dollars in salary. He has appealed the suspension. What are your guys’ thoughts on the hit? Yes, Oskar Sundqvist shouldn’t have cut into the middle…. but Wilson didn’t need to drill him in the head. I’m glad the NHL finally sent a message to the rest of the teams that stuff like this is going to warrant a lengthy suspension.  

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THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 34 The Hot Seat, Injuries, and Young Roster Breakers

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 34 The Hot Seat, Injuries, and Young Roster Breakers   Brad Burud and Blake Friars prep for the start of the NHL regular season. What coaches and general managers are on the hot seat. There are definitely a few that better be looking over their shoulder. Injuries have already plagued some teams heading in to night one of the regular season. Well preseason hockey is done and it was better than expected. The reason, the abundance of young talent. Blake and Brad talk young rookie roster breakers. Who makes it and who dose not.   PODCAST

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THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 33 Suckerpunch, Unsigned RFA’s, and Preseason Standouts

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 33  Suckerpunch, Unsigned RFA’s, and Preseason Standouts   Brad Burud and Blake Friars prep for the start of the NHL season by discussing preseason standouts. Lots of great young talented showcased in the preseason, and some will be taking roster spots. Domi suckerpunched Ekblad – the reaction and the results of this stupid hockey play. With 10 days until the start of the season Toronto Maple Leafs forward and RFA is still unsigned. Will he be signed? We will give you our opinions.   PODCAST

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Vancouver Young Talent Shines

Vancouver Young Talent Shines The preseason could not be going any better if you are a Canucks fan.  Preseason is a showcase for young prospects, and in Vancouver the young prospects look amazing………Olli Juolevi is staking claim that he will be a solid NHL player, but then there is the man…Elias Pettersson!  Wow is this guy impressive.  He is doing everything…  He is flashy, he is exciting, and more importantly he is making players around him look like superstars – right Sven Baertschi.   Leafs Tire Pumping The Maple Leafs will be good, but back the wagons up Leafs fans.  The season has not started.  I know..I know… Tavares has two goal in his first game…  I think there is a lot more ahead for this team.  They will be good, but relax Leafs fans… You’re not cup contenders… and honestly, I hope you prove me wrong.   Domi Disgrace The first preseason game that new Montreal Canadiens center was in turned out to be a disaster.  Domi tried baiting Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad into a fight. Ekblad would not give Domi the satisfaction of the fight – in return Domi sucker punched him in the face.  Not the showing the Habs fans expected or wanted. Well maybe it was not too bad. Below is a press release from the NHL: NHL PRESS RELEASE Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason for roughing Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during NHL Preseason Game No. 29 in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 0:56 of the third period. Domi was assessed a match penalty as well as a minor penalty for roughing. For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277440360/c-61189703. The suspension shocked me and frustrates me.  I ask the NHL, is it really a penalty to punish a guy with preseason games.  No regular season games, none.  So Domi gets to practice and relax and prepare for the regular season without having to worry about in significant pre-season games. Look out NHL, you quickly set the suspension bar for the season, and it is low.

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THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast - 20 Preseason Questions

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 32 20 Preseason Questions   Brad Burud and Blake Friars discuss the monster Erik Karlsson trade, Robin Lehner Mental Health struggles, and Humboldt closure. Then they dive into 20 preseason quesions. Who is this years biggest bust? Who is the biggest rivalry? How many Canadian teams will make the playoffs? The questions keep coming…   PODCAST

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