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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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Season Finale!

Season Finale!

2024-07-0301:40:02

Matt Marchese kicks off today's program with Jason Demers, former NHLer and current NHL Network analyst, to sift through this week's free agent deals and crown the winners and losers of the summer so far. Next up, The Athletic's Ian Mendes checks in on the Senators' off-season including Shane Pinto's recent extension, the state of the team's blue line after saying goodbye to Jakob Chychrun, and the chances of playoff hockey in Ottawa in the near future (29:10). Later, Anna Dua of NHL Network joins Matt in-studio to chat about the biggest deals of the free agent signing period, which team's have improved their roster most from last season, and top names still on the board (50:05). Finally, The Athletic's Mark Lazerus weighs in on the Blackhawks' latest additions including former Maple Leafs Tyler Bertuzzi and T.J. Brodie, before getting into Chicago's competitive window with Connor Bedard entering his sophomore season (01:19:00). Thank you for listening - see you next 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.
Matt Marchese kicks off today's show with former NHL executive and Stanley Cup champion, Mike Futa! They sift through yesterday's flurry of free agency moves with a focus on Steven Stamkos' departure from Tampa Bay, the Maple Leafs' defensive additions, and more. Next up, Emma Lingan, Predators editor at The Hockey News, adds to the conversation on Stamkos' signing in Nashville, before looking ahead to what's next for the Preds this summer (30:45). Later on, Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now stops by to discuss Jake DeBrusk's departure, what to expect from Nikita Zadorov with the Bruins, Elias Lindholm's pivotal role and Jeremy Swayman's contract situation (50:00). Then, Ryan Novozinsky offers his analysis of the Devils' July 1st signings, before forecasting what's ahead for New Jersey next season (01:07:00). Capitals analyst Tarik El-Bashir wraps up today's program weighing in on Washington's aggressive start to the off-season featuring the additions of Jakob Chychrun and Pierre-Luc Dubois (01:26:00).  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.
Matt Marchese kicks off the show with Curtis Pashelka of Bay Area News to break down the Sharks' flurry of moves over the last couple of weeks, the importance of the 2024 Draft, what the team will focus on in the draft, if there is a chance that Macklin Celebrini will return to school next season, and more. Then, Lightning Insider Erik Erlendsson stops by to chat about Brayden Point being named as one of the first six players set to take on the Four Nations Face-off, Steven Stamkos’ contract situation, the latest on Victor Hedman’s next deal, and how Tampa can create some much-needed cap space (18:00). Later on, Producer David Ciss and Matt Marchese tee up what to expect from the NHL Draft tonight, before we hear from Jeff and Elliotte on this morning’s 32 Thoughts Podcast (45:00). 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.
Matt Marchese kicks off the show with Elliotte Friedman as they recap last night’s NHL Awards. They discuss Connor Bedard winning the Calder Trophy, Brock Faber’s Rookie of the Year case, the first six players announced for each team at the Four Nations Face-off, and Steven Stamkos’ contract extension talks with the Lightning. Later, the pair get into what's next for Vancouver, the latest on Jake Guentzel, the interest in Yaroslav Askarov, the latest on the buyout market, the rumours surrounding on Mitch Marner, and much more. 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.
Matt Marchese kicks things off with Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News discussing what Jeff Skinner can bring to an NHL team, what to expect from the Sabres this off-season, Buffalo's plans with the 11th overall pick, if Martin Nečas could be a good fit, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen's next contract. Next up, Sportsnet's Luke Fox weighs in on the Maple Leafs' pending UFA’s, free agent targets, and how they will approach next season between the pipes (16:55). Later on, former NHL GM Chuck Fletcher joins the program to reflects upon his time with the Panthers at the beginning of their franchise’s history and how Bill Zito built the organization into a Stanley Cup champion (44:56). Chuck and Matt also tee up what we should expect during the draft, free agency, and the buyout window with the salary cap increasing, before taking us behind the scenes to what it's like on the draft floor.  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.
Matt Marchese kicks off the show with Elliotte Friedman as they discuss Ken Holland officially set to not return as GM of the Oilers, what he brought to Edmonton, and how the team will approach their GM search. Next, the pair get into Ryan Suter's buy-out, who the Maple Leafs could target on the blue line in free agency, and what's next for Max Domi and Tyler Bertuzzi. Later on, they try and make sense of the Mitch Marner rumours flooding the hockey world, the latest on Jacob Trouba, the Vancouver Canucks making some moves, and much more. 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.
Matt Marchese kicks off the show with The Athletic's Aaron Portzline to break down the Columbus Blue Jackets' coaching search and what the team is looking for in their next bench boss. They discuss what a potential return for Patrik Laine could look like and how tough it will be to move on from his contract, who will play alongside Johnny Gaudreau next season, Don Waddell’s comments on Elvis Merzļikins' contract, and much more. Then, ESPN’s Arda Ocal joins the show and discuss if Paul Maurice is the NHL’s Paul Heyman, as well as if the Panthers coach needed a Cup to become a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame (18:51). Later, they recap the Stanley Cup Final and the positive takeaways from the Oilers' run, the best players in NHL 94, and the timing Linus Ullmark's trade announcement. Paul Pidutti (adjustedhockey.com) wraps up the show breaking down the HHOF class of 2024, what his model says about the inductees, the biggest omission from the class, and who we could expect on next year’s ballot (50:40). 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.
Matt Marchese kicks things off with Elliotte Friedman to recap Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and how Florida was able to avoid the reverse sweep. The pair discuss Ken Holland's future in the Oilers' front office, if Edmonton will have a general manager present at the draft, the 2024 Hockey Hall of Fame class, and Glen Sather's decision to call it a career. Next, Matt and Elliotte delve into the Jake Walman trade and try and make sense of the move, before looking into the Red Wings' search for netminder and what's next for Patrick Kane. Later on, they share their expectations for the upcoming NHL buyout window, what's ahead for Steven Stamkos, and much more! 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 kicks off the show with Producer Matt Marchese to break down the Florida Panthers' Stanley Cup victory, including Paul Maurice’s postgame interview after securing his first championship. Shayna Goldman of The Athletic joins the conversation to discuss Connor McDavid winning the Conn Smythe Trophy despite his team's losing effort, Paul Maurice finally getting his ring, the goalie market, and much more (08:06). Jason York, co-host of the Coming in Hot podcast, stops by to share stories from his time playing against Maurice in the OHL, before getting into the Senators' acquisition of Linus Ullmark and the timing of the trade (35:00). Later, Panthers play-by-play voice Doug Plagens weighs in on the Cats' Stanley Cup win, the balance of power for hockey in Florida shifting, the emotions in Sunrise last night, and the big decisions looming for the team this summer (50:05). Finally, after dropping a massive bombshell last night, Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports joins to discuss Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo abandoning his plan to bring back the Coyotes, his son’s role with the team, the future of hockey in the desert, and much more (01:23:18). 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 kicks off the show with Stanley Cup Champion Mike Rupp as they tee up the “biggest game in NHL history”. They discuss what is going through the minds of both the Panthers and Oilers heading into Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, what to expect from Sergei Bobrovsky, his experience on hockey's biggest stage, and more. Then, former Edmonton Oilers forward Fernando Pisani joins the show to reflect upon the Oilers playoff run in 2006 (31:10). Later on, Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Chris Pronger joins the program (50:00). He shares his mentality heading into the biggest games of his career, his memories of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals with Edmonton, who has the most riding on tonight, and much more. 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 things off breaking down the mood in Sunrise Florida ahead of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. They discuss why tonight might be the biggest game in NHL history and reflect upon some of the other games in contention for the biggest of all time, before getting into Kyle Okposo's return to the lineup in place of Nick Cousins. The pair weigh in on the extra day between Games 6 and 7, as well as the mindset that the Panthers need to have heading into tonight's matchup. Later, Jeff and Elliotte chat about what went wrong in the relationship between the Winnipeg Jets and top prospect Rutger McGroarty, the trade talk surrounding his future, Matvei Michkov reportedly heading to North America, and when we can expect him to join the Flyers. 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 Friedman kick things off teeing up Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight in Edmonton. They discuss what we will see from the Panthers lines, if Evander Kane will suit up, and much more ahead of puck drop. Next, the pair get into the goaltender market heating up and where we can expect Linus Ullmark to end up. Later, they look back on Andrew Cogliano's career on the heels of his retirement announcement, and weigh in on what's next for Mark Giordano. To wrap up the program, Jeff and Matt Marchese say goodbye to technical director Lance Kennedy after 21 years at Sportsnet 590 The FAN. 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 kicks off the show with Sportsnet's Louie DeBrusk to tee up tonight’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton. They discuss how the Oilers need to approach the start to the contest, what to expect heading into the game, the goaltending matchup, and much more. Next up, after announcing his retirement, Andrew Cogliano stops by to discuss his decision to hang up his skates, what his role will be in the Avalanche’s front office, how he adjusted his game when he made it to the NHL, and his experience winning the Cup in Colorado (31:05). Later on, George Richards of Florida Hockey Now looks ahead to Game 6 from the Panthers perspective including the state of the powerplay, how Paul Maurice has handled the Oilers' push, and Bill Zito’s reaction to his team’s Game 5 loss (50:55). 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 kicks off the show with Jim Lang to discuss his new book My Day with the Cup: NHL Players Tell Their Stories about Hometown Celebrations with Hockey's Greatest Trophy. They chat about the most interesting tales from his book, along with his favourite encounters with former players. Later, New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald discusses the reasoning for bringing in Jacob Markström, what the Devils need to add on their blue line, what went wrong for the team this season, and more (17:22)! 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 Greg Wyshynski kick off the show breaking down the blockbuster moves from yesterday starting with Jacob Markström heading to the New Jersey Devils. They discuss the price the Devils paid for their new goaltender and what’s next for the Flames with their surplus of cap space. Next, the pair get into Pierre-Luc Dubios' move to Washington, if Quinton Byfield’s development this season helped speed up the process, how to grade the trade for Rob Blake and the Kings, why the Capitals have become a second-chance destination for former high picks, and how PLD will help Alex Ovechkin break Wayne Gretzky’s goal record. Later on, Jeff and Greg chat about Barclay Goodrow being claimed off of waivers by the Sharks, the similarities to Todd Marchant's waiver situation, the Kings' throwback branding, and much more! 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 the show breaking down a busy day of blockbusters starting with Pierre-Luc Dubois heading to the Capitals. They discuss why the Kings moved on from PLD, how much Quinton Byfield’s role was a factor in the decision, why Dubios never adjusted to the Kings, and why Washington is a good fit for the former third overall pick. Next, the pair get into the Dallas Stars' decision to send Ty Dellandrea to the Sharks and if it could be a precursor for another move, along with Barclay Goodrow move to San Jose. Later, Jeff and Elliotte chat about the trade that sent Jacob Markström to the New Jersey Devils, how the Flames and Markström approached the deal, the recent trend on goalie transactions, and what Kevin Bahl brings to the Flames. The duo wrap up today's episode with their expectations for free agent defenceman on July 1st, what the Senators are looking at adding, and much more! 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 kicks off the show with The Athletic’s Shayna Goldman as they recap Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. They discuss how Connor McDavid has emerged as the favourite for the Conn Smythe, Bill Zito’s emotional reaction to the loss, what to expect in Game 6, and much more. Next up, Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre joins the program to discuss the Canucks locking defenceman Filip Hronek up long-term (31:00). Then, Ryan Leslie of Sportsnet stops by to discuss the Flames trading goaltender Jacob Markström to the New Jersey Devils and what the move means for Calgary going forward (50:45). Finally, newly appointed GM of the Carolina Hurricanes, Eric Tulsky chats about his career journey up to this point, what he looks for from his staff, his philosophy in running the Hurricanes, and much more (01:21:00)! 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 kicks off the show with St. Louis Blues General Manager and President of Hockey Operations, Doug Armstrong. They discuss the announcement last week regarding the succession plan for the GM job in St. Louis with Alexander Steen set to take over in 2026, before getting into the need for contending teams to have a Selke-calibre player on the roster, the latest on Pavel Buchnevich’s contract talks, the vision for the team going forward, and the Blues' goaltending. Next up, E.J. Hradek of NHL Network chats about the Oilers' hopes against the Panthers in Game 5 tonight and the confidence of each team heading into the contest (17:45). Later, newly appointed Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks, Ryan Warsofsky highlights the people who helped him get to this point, his coaching philosophy, and much more (34:34). Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon wraps up the program with his thoughts on the Avs' 2023-24 season, why Jonathan Drouin fit in so well with the team, how he approaches the off-season, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the international hockey tournaments on the horizon (49:20). 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 the show teeing up Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final and what they expect ahead of the opening face-off tonight. They discuss what a Panthers win tonight would demonstrate to other NHL teams, Sergei Bobrovsky’s contract, and how a Cup would impact Aleksander Barkov's legacy. Next, the pair get into Chris Armstrong's role as Utah’s President of Hockey Operations and what's next for team's front office. Later, Jeff and Elliotte look into the NHL buyout window, which is set to open 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded, and sift through potential buyout candidates including Jeff Skinner with the Buffalo Sabres. The duo wrap up today's show with a chat about Ryan Warsofsky taking over behind the bench in San Jose, Pascal Vincent being let go by the Blue Jackets, and who could be the next bench boss in Ohio. 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 kicks off the show with Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now as they recap Edmonton's blowout win over the Panthers in Game 4. They discuss the atmosphere at Rogers Place, Kris Knoblauch’s track record in the playoffs in his junior career, and the Oilers' penalty kill overshadowing their elite powerplay. Then, Jeff and Producer Matt Marchese discuss the Oilers' record 50/50 draw, the fallout from the Blue Jackets sweeping the Lightning in 2019, the path back into the series for Edmonton, Connor McDavid’s Conn Smythe chances, and more (17:35). Finally, the ‘Goalie Whisperer' Kevin Woodley joins the program (49:51). They discuss how Edmonton attacked Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 4, the Panthers netminder’s mentality after getting pulled, Stuart Skinner’s outstanding performance, and the future for Anthony Stolarz. 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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