MnM Hockey Podcast
Montreal Canadiens New GM and Edmonton Media Frenzy

Montreal Canadiens New GM and Edmonton Media Frenzy

January 21, 2022

The guys are back and for a second week in a row, the Edmonton Oilers are dominating the news cycle. However, they first take a look at some news from around the league. The biggest being the new Montreal Canadiens General Manager being announced. Alex and Chace discuss what is in the future for the team and ask should they hit the reset button fully? Exploring at some of the contracts and why this offseason might be the better time to make some moves.

After that, they shift to the Oilers and the storm they caused this week. Giving their opinion on reporter Jim Matheson asking Leon Draisaitl "why are you being so pissy?". Alex goes off on the media in general and the fact that they are asking the wrong people the wrong questions. From there, they discuss just what it would take for either of Draisaitl or Connor McDavid to request a trade and what would that package even look like?

Edmonton Oilers Record, Returning Players, and More

Edmonton Oilers Record, Returning Players, and More

January 16, 2022

Alex and Chace are back for another week of content in the NHL. This week, the big focus in on the return of some players, including Evgeni Malkin for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The guys discuss what it means to get him back and what it could mean for the playoff picture. Another return is goaltender Tuukka Rask who is back in the net for the Boston Bruins. Again, the guys discuss how this could affect a very close playoff race in the East.

Next, they look at the Edmonton Oilers record and how bad things are going. Alex loses it on the organization and highlights how predictable this was to see plus where it went wrong from day one. They also discuss Ken Holland and should he be considered a "good" general manager given his last decade of work. After Alex calms down, the guys look at some other relevant NHL news.

What Would Make 2022 a Successful Year for Each Team

What Would Make 2022 a Successful Year for Each Team

January 4, 2022

Alex and Chace are back for their first episode of 2022! After taking some time off over the Holidays, the guys are back and ready for a new and exciting year. Instead of looking at the many cancellations, the league has had so far, Alex and Chace decide to look forward to the 2022 NHL season. This means the entire calendar year.

Today, the guys go through each team and list one item or thing that has to happen for that team to consider 2022 a successful year. For some, the ambitions may be very high. As high as winning the Stanley Cup as their only way this is a success. For others, it could be just having a single-player develop or winning the lottery. Join them and see what they think needs to happen, big or small for every team. What do you agree with? Are there any that you disagree with? Let the guys know here or on Twitter as we head into 2022.

Montreal/Vancouver GM Firings, Waivers, Hughes, and More

Montreal/Vancouver GM Firings, Waivers, Hughes, and More

December 8, 2021

Alex and Chace return for another week of content. Because of their guest podcast last week, they have plenty of news to discuss this week. Starting with some firings that have happened around the NHL. Marc Bergevin is out as General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Jeff Gorton steps in to take his place. As well, Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning was let go, along with Travis Green. The guys give their reaction to each replacement and where all the teams go from here.

They also take a look at a pair of waivers in Evander Kane and Matt Murray. Two very different situations as they wonder what is in store next. Finally, they break down the Jack Hughes contract. Alex thinks there is some risk, however, Chace also likes the gamble the New Jersey Devils are taking. What is the long-term look of this franchise? Are they a team on the cusp of taking the next step? Find out what the guys think on the MnM Hockey Podcast.

Analytics, Positional Factors, and Draft Pick Value with Chris Watkins

Analytics, Positional Factors, and Draft Pick Value with Chris Watkins

November 29, 2021

Alex and Chace have returned for another week of NHL discussion. This week, at the time of recording there wasn't too much news to talk about. So they had Chris Watkins join the podcast. Better known to some by Yolo Pinyato on Twitter, Chris is a writer for Hockey Graphs who likes to think about the game in a different way. The guys have a discussion about the idea of a fourth forward playing defence instead of a bad third pair defenceman that coaches love these days. As well, how does that fit with the idea of positionless hockey?

Chris dives into some of the data with supporting NHL analytics as to why four forwards may actually be more beneficial from what we've already seen. Another discussion they dive into is the idea of draft pick value and why teams who are good should be much more willing to trade picks for any type of roster player. Tune in for all of that and more, with the MnM Hockey Podcast.

Jerseys, Vancouver Canucks, and Where Do They Play Now?

Jerseys, Vancouver Canucks, and Where Do They Play Now?

November 25, 2021

Alex and Chace are back for another week of content. There isn't much news going on in the NHL this week, however, there have been a handful of jerseys that have been revealed. Including both Canada and USA's Olympic jerseys. The guys give their opinions on them and discuss what they like and dislike about them. After that, they switch their focus to some NHL Trends. Including what is going on with the Vancouver Canucks? Is there a quick solution and what is the long-term outlook there?

They move on to look at a couple of teams that are starting off hot including the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, and Florida Panthers. Discussing just how loaded the Atlantic division is if Sergei Bobrovsky is back and the Panthers are legit. Finally, they play a game of "Where Do They Play Now?". Where Alex names a player for Chace and he needs to guess their current NHL team.

Bob Murray, Chicago Blackhawks, Coyotes Suck, and More

Bob Murray, Chicago Blackhawks, Coyotes Suck, and More

November 15, 2021

lex and Chace are back after a partial week off and they have a few large stories to discuss. They start with some news that is tough to talk about. That being Bob Murray stepping down as the Anaheim Ducks General Manager and entering the NHL's Alcohol Abuse Program. The guys talk about why it is an unfortunate situation that like all bad situations, is a good thing it has come to light but a bad thing it ever happened. They also look at the Ducks on the ice and discuss their future. Next, they look at the updates with John Doe two and the Chicago Blackhawks case. Before switching to the actual team that fired head coach Jermy Colliton last week. Discussing his future and the teams future as a whole.

The guys also look at just how bad the Arizona Coyotes are. Astonished that their record can be so poor this far into a season. They are currently sitting at 1-13-1 and the guys place over/under on their final points. Finally, Alex and Chace look at the Ottawa Senators COVID situation and how that may affect things heading forward. 

 

Jack Eichel Trade and Morgan Rielly Extension

Jack Eichel Trade and Morgan Rielly Extension

November 6, 2021

Alex and Chace are back and have a few news items to discuss this week. However, those few items are quite large topics. To start, they take a look at the biggest news of the week. That being that Jack Eichel trade. After months of talks and speculation, Eichel is finally on his way to the Vegas Golden Knights. However, what do the guys think of the return? Let's just say, it was pretty underwhelming to one of them.

After that, they switch their focus to a couple of signings that happened between last week and now. First, they look at defending Norris winner Adam Fox getting paid. Both guys agree that there isn't too much to discuss here as Fox is one of the elite players in the NHL. However, there is some more interesting thoughts when it comes to Morgan Rielly and his deal. Chace specifically isn't too sure what to make of it or if it makes sense for Toronto. Alex wonders how to properly balance now vs the future and what Toronto believes their cup window is. 

Chicago Blackhawks Investigation

Chicago Blackhawks Investigation

October 29, 2021

Alex and Chace are back for another episode. This week, they have a very serious topic to discuss. Kyle Beach and the Chicago Blackhawks Investigation following sexual assault allegations. Alex and Chace discuss the impact this has on the league and why it is so important that it is talked about. A very delicate situation, the important thing to remember is that because of the lack of an action at the time, more victims were created.

After this heavy topic, the guys switch their focus to some news on the ice. First, they look at the Zach Whitecloud signing. Alex likes the process and Chace can agree with that. However, Chace is nowhere near as sold on the contract itself or the player that got it. Next, they look at some hot and cold starts to the season. This includes Alex Ovechkin who is casually a favourite for the Rocket Richard once again despite injury questions heading into the year. The guys discuss how you can't even call it a resurgence because he never really left. 

Early Season Signings and On-Ice Trends

Early Season Signings and On-Ice Trends

October 23, 2021

Alex and Chace are back with regular-season hockey to discuss! However, there were also a handful of signings to take a look at as the season gets going. Namely, the Brady Tkachuk deal with the Ottawa Senators. Alex gives his thoughts and why the high AAV is nothing to worry about for Sens fans. From there, they look at the Ryan Pulock and Charlie McAvoy deals. Both signings the guys feel are really easy to analyze and that's because they are slam dunk wins.

After, they briefly discuss Evander Kane and his suspension. Discussing whether or not he plays again, and if it is for the San Jose Sharks or not. Finally, they look at some on-ice discussion! Teams that have been hot out of the gate and a few teams that have really started to struggle. As well as a discussion about whether or not the two teams people considered juggernauts should be worried about their depth scoring?

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