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Sportsnet insider Jeff Marek goes around the league in Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s national NHL show, airing live across the country daily from 12pm-2pm ET. Opinion, news and analysis featuring daily segments from insider Elliotte Friedman.
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Jeff chats with Kings analyst Daryl Evans about how L.A. matches up with their two potential playoff opponents, Quinton Byfield’s game heading into the playoffs and Jim Hiller providing a different voice for the team. Producer Matt joins Jeff to look at the potential for an early goalie pull for the Flyers in a big game with the Capitals, which coaching vacancy is the most intriguing and clinching scenarios in the Eastern Conference (16:00). Later on, Mike Augello of The Hockey News gives his take on the firing of Don Granato, the team's inability to add during this past off-season and who might be the next captain of the Sabres (47:33). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte react to the news of the Sabres dismissing Don Granato of his head coaching duties, if Kevyn Adams is going to go with another first time head coach and where 100 assists in a season ranks among greatest feats in the sport. Next, they talk about how individual skills coaches have changed the game, Lucas Raymond’s impressive run and the Islanders getting into the playoffs. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff chats with Dallas Star General Manager Jim Nill about the expectations for his club coming into this season, how Pete DeBoer rotates his lines, and scouting Wyatt Johnston. Next up, Olympic and World Champion Gold Medalist Erin Ambrose looks back on another World Championship after defeating the United States, how Marie-Philip Poulin took the game over and how physical the tournament was compared to PWHL games (18:22). Later on, Jesse Granger of The Athletic weighs in on the timeline for Alex Pietrangelo’s return, what made Noah Hanifin want to stay in Vegas and how the Golden Knights operate with their salary cap in-season (50:22). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte look at the potential aftermath from Alex Meruelo’s sale of the Coyotes, if the sale could be wrapped up in the coming week and how aggressive Ryan Smith will be this coming off-season. Next, they discuss why the NHL would want Smith as an owner, Auston Matthews’ pursuit of 70 goals and how complicated the Hart Trophy race gets if he accomplishes the feat.   The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff chats with college hockey insider Mike McMahon about Montreal draft pick Jacob Fowler’s play this season, the future of both Boston University and Michigan and the potential agreement between the NCAA and CHL. Later on, former NHL defenceman and author of “Thundermouth: Memoirs of a Broad Street Bully", Joe Watson talks about his relationship with his younger brother, the start of the "Broad Street Bullies" and playing for Fred Shero (17:15). Producer Matt wraps up the week with a look back on Joel Quenneville’s appearance on the Cam & Strick Podcast (51:17). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte kick off Friday's show reacting to a faceoff play by the Penguins in overtime, before discussing if the temperature is hotter in Pittsburgh or Detroit and the Islanders continuing their winning streak. They finish up by talking about if Auston Matthews will play the remaining games, the turmoil in Arizona and memories of the "Broad Street Bullies". The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Producer Matt react to Elliotte Friedman’s appearance on the PHNX Coyotes Podcast and look back on a chat with prospective NHL owner, Ryan Smith. Former NHLer Thomas Hickey chats about the Islanders’ recent run of success, how Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat have grown playing together and what he’s learned about Patrick Roy (31:50). Next up, Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune looks at the viability of an NHL franchise in Salt Lake City, how Ryan Smith is viewed in the market and the potential for the growth of hockey at the youth level in the community (50:10). Later on, Anton Thun of Quartexx Management offers an agent’s perspective on the Coyotes potentially moving to Salt Lake City, his experience with a player on a team that was relocating and Coyotes' long-term outlook (01:03:51). The Athletic's Charlie O’Connor wraps up today's show discussing Philadelphia's attempt to stop the bleeding, if the Sean Couturier's scratching has negatively affected the team and the John Tortorella effect (01:23:04). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Producer Matt react to Peter Laviolette’s comments about the collision between Mika Zibanejad and Adam Pelech, Patrick Roy’s retort and John Tortorella’s measured post-game approach. Later on, Nashville Predators Head Coach Andrew Brunette talks about clinching a playoff spot, his relationship with Barry Trotz and what it’s like to coach Roman Josi (17:37).   The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Greg react to John Tortorella’s post-game comments, if there is a path for Joel Quenneville to get back to coaching in the NHL and if the Sabres might be looking for a new head coach. Next, they discuss the value of having familiarity for younger players with new coaches and Auston Matthews not getting on the ice for the chance at an empty net goal. To wrap, they look at the results of the NHLPA Player Poll highlighting their biggest surprises and takeaways. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the possibility of the NHL having two different schedules for the Coyotes next season and the patience level among other owners. Next, they look at the future of Joel Quenneville with the NHL, the never-ending story that is the Philadelphia Flyers and what went wrong in Buffalo. To wrap up, Jeff and Elliotte chat about the upcoming Edmonton-Vegas game, Auston Matthews not getting on the ice with an empty net and Alex Ovechkin reaching the 30-goal plateau for an 18th season. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff Marek and Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff kick things off reflecting on his long-term interest in Gabe Vilardi, Cole Perfetti’s development and his team's trade deadline acquisitions. Next up, Producer Matt stops by to chat about the clinching scenarios in the NHL, Andrew Brunette’s Jack Adams case, and if we could see three different winners for the Hart, Art Ross and Lindsay awards this season (18:22). Later on, Scott Burnside, former president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, weighs in on the interest in bringing an NHL team back to Atlanta and why it could work this time (50:21). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte start off looking at Conor Garland's resurgence, the superb individual performances by some Canucks players this year, and why Elliotte is stationed in Vancouver for a couple of days. Next, the guys discuss Toronto’s win over Pittsburgh, the latest with the Coyotes' arena situation and how the NHL could factor in. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Producer Matt react to the weekend that was in the NHL, before getting into the potential for a Dallas-Vegas first round matchup and why the West looks like the much more difficult path to the Stanley Cup Final. Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports joins the show to look at the proposed arena district plan for the Coyotes, what’s next in this franchise's saga, and how the product on the ice has performed based on expectations (32:02). Later on, former NHLer Brian Boyle chats about the Flyers looking like a tired group and how the Penguins have turned things around, before sharing his favourite Sidney Crosby story (49:52). Penguins play-by-play voice Josh Getzoff wraps up today's show with his own favourite Crosby story, along with his thoughts on Alex Nedeljkovic's play and Michael Bunting’s fit with the lineup (01:20:45). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff is joined by Sportsnet's Sean Reynolds for a look at if Cole Perfetti’s recent performance has changed the perception of him in the Jets' organization, the importance of Winnipeg's checking line and Josh Morrissey’s Norris Trophy candidacy. Former NHL player and coach Craig Berube weighs in on fight night at Madison Square Garden, his own experiences in a line brawl and which players took him under their wing when he started in the league (17:30). Later on, Producer Matt gives his thoughts on the goings on between the Rangers and Devils, plus a conversation about the game’s greatest rivalries (49:23).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte look back on fight night at Madison Square Garden, why no one should be surprised at what happened and if this brouhaha rekindles the rivalry between the Rangers and Devils. Next, they chat about John Tortorella’s post-practice comments from the previous day, if Sidney Crosby has inserted himself in the MVP race and their takeaways last night's Leafs-Lightning matchup. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff is joined by The Athletic's Shayna Goldman to discuss Ted Leonsis’ comments about investing in women’s sports, Washington faltering in the playoff chase and if we could see a Matt Rempe fight against the Devils. Carolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell chats about the current state of his team, Seth Jarvis’ improved season and if hockey could work in Atlanta again (30:05). Later on, Jeff and Producer Matt react to John Tortorella’s post-practice availability and a look ahead to the Stars' matchup with the Oilers (49:58). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Greg kick off this week talking team mascots, why the Rangers don’t have one and if we'll see some fireworks between the Devils and Rangers tonight. Next, the pair look at what’s gone on with New Jersey this season and the similarities between the Devils and Sabres. To wrap up, Jeff and Greg chat about Connor McDavid approaching the century mark for assists and being witness to one of the best seasons we’ve seen from a playmaking perspective. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff is joined by Seth Cooper, host of On Center Ice, to talk about how things turned for the worse for both the Newfoundland Growlers and Trois-Rivières Lions in the ECHL. Kevin Woodley of InGoal Magazine weighs in on the debut of Ivan Fedotov, the issue of goalies “deliberately” knocking nets off and who should be considered for the Vezina Trophy (17:31). Producer Matt jumps on with Jeff to discuss the new Russian goalie factory, Jeff Skinner playing in game 1,000 without making the playoffs and Sidney Crosby tying one of Wayne Gretzky's records (45:15). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Elliotte react to John Tortorella's post-game press conference, how he chooses his words when discussing the team and how the Leafs “out-Panthered” the Panthers. To wrap up, the guys chat about Winnipeg snapping their losing streak, where the conversation about EBUGs is at and Jeff Skinner playing in game 1,000 without a playoff game. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
Jeff and Producer Matt kick off this week discussing Auston Matthews reaching the 60-goal mark for the second time in his career, if we could see some goalie-pull fireworks in the Islanders-Flyers matchup and if the NHL needs to have an award for the most improved player. Next, the guys react to the situation regarding two Canadian ECHL teams, Winnipeg’s slump and Shane Wright finally getting recalled from Coachella Valley (33:33). Later on, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News weighs in on the Leaf fans infiltrating Key Bank Center on Saturday, the big decision awaiting the Sabres this off-season and what the team's goaltending might look like next year (49:48). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
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Comments (36)

Eric Thompson

Jeff Marek should be waived or bought out. He isn't bad in small doses but a full show drives me to drink

Mar 16th
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Eric Thompson

hated this episode... we get it you don't like fighting. left annoyed after this episode

Jan 29th
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Craig Pearce

same stories on 32 thoughts

Jan 7th
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Jeremy Bider

guys this is a baseball show

Oct 20th
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D Dawson

Merrick drives me nuts. Always repeating himself, saying bagel instead of zero and thinking that makes him "sick," interrupting co-hosts because he thinks his ridiculous takes need to be said immediately.

Jul 9th
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R Lutes

This was an attempt to injure. A hit to the head guys. This is hard to listen to.

Jun 3rd
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Warren White

Well, I'm happy I don't have to hear the Toronto bias for the rest of the playoffs.

Jun 1st
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Warren White

Man awesome playoff games and we're listening to Toronto talk about Kap trades and social/political issues. I understand the importance of the issue but, this week the headlines im interested in have been buried.

Aug 27th
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Kain Kenny

Curious what people think of Marek as host, especially Canadian listeners?

Feb 18th
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Kain Kenny

The day the Staley cup gets a sponsor is the day I walk away from NHL hockey

Jan 31st
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Vicky Beauregard

Wish this podcast could ALWAYS be led by Jeff Marek! Love the fun all three guys have together! When Jeff is replaced with David Amber, it's way less pleasant to listen to. It feels like he belittles Justin and Anthony's comment or he's above everyone else... It does not feel like they're "a team" just like when Jeff is there..

Jan 23rd
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Antonius

wassup

Jan 7th
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Moe Oro

Not specific to this episode, but just feedback overall from a Calgary fan living in Denver... I really enjoy the perspectives from guys that have played at the top level. I've also gained an appreciation for Burke's take on subjects. I don't always agree, but respect him explaining his positions and his candidness. Despite your appease to the Toronto audience, this has become a staple for my afternoon commute, which is typically only 35-45 minutes. The only reason I've ever wished to have a longer commute is so I could get through all 90 minutes of each episode before getting home. Keep the quality going in 2020!

Dec 28th
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Eric Lauzon

Is this a NHL podcast or a Maple Leafs podcast?

Nov 9th
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Kain Kenny

Seattle will win a cup before Toronto

Oct 2nd
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Warren White

so since everyone got fired is the show cancelled?

Sep 10th
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Nic

The whole show is great I'm sure but i came to listen to Lindros. Starts at 28:05 if that's you too

Jun 12th
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Stephen Leoffler

may be a sound quality issue. I'm hearing little laggy glitches. could be the app, could be my phone, pretty sure it's this episodes audio.

Jun 10th
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Mike C

why do the care so much about "Canadian teams" 1/2 the guys on every NHL team are from Canada anyway. You didn't see us whining about the Blue Jay's winning the WS 2 years in a row.

Apr 23rd
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Ryan Hanson

you guys never talk about vegas... im sick of it. done listening

Apr 17th
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