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Two Man ForeCheck: Top RFAs, Cap Mismanagement, Hlinka Gretzky, John Gibson’s new deal, Twitter Poll, Bottom Six Value and more

This week; What does William Karlsson’s deal mean? Which California team has the best chane of winning a up in the next five years? Why were the resignings of Sean Kuraly and Matt Grzelyck important to the Boston Bruins? The new Dead Wings era is here, and Dylan Larkin’s contract is the tip of the iceberg. The top RFA’s left unsigned, and of course Canada “wins” the Hlinka Gretzky tournement at home, over Lucas Raymond and team Sweden, over the time clock and Team USA. This week with...


Two Man ForeCheck Episode 0079 Bruins Summer Moves, Jeff Skinner

With Chris on a much earned vacation Boston Herald rising star and WATD cornerstone Brendan Connelly cozies up to the mic to discuss Jeff Skinner, John Tavares, Rick Middleton’s number retirement, and the rest of the Boston Bruins off season moves. You can find Brendan on Twitter @BConn63


Episode 0078: Iginla Retires, Trouba Signs, Skjei and Vesey Avoid Arbitration, Wilson Signs with Caps, Crawford Still Out, Linden Leaves Canucks, Hughes Back to Michigan, D-Men Top 12 and More!!

Another fun filled week in the summer of 2018! The NHL is still moving along, albeit at a snail’s pace at times. The Forecheckers have another episode ready to go. We start with some less than exciting news that Jarome Iginla is calling it a career. 1300 points in 1500 games is nothing to snicker at, and he should be in the hall of fame by both our accounts. What do you think? On to arbitration…Jacob Trouba has signed his 1 year 5.5-million-dollar settlement, and it would appear that his...


Episode 0077: Matt Dumba Contract, Arbitration Hearings Start, Vegas Trademark Resolved, Henrique Extension with Ducks, Panarin to Boston, Wings Prospect Outlook and Much More!

Truly a quiet week in the NHL, this week’s show reflects as much. The topics range from arbitration to trades to the future location of Lord Stanley’s cup. We start this trip in Minnesota with the signing of Matt Dumba. Avoiding arbitration, he has inked a 5 year 30-million-dollar contract. We agree that this is good for both parties going forward. We move to Winnipeg, where the first arbitration hearing has been held for defenseman Jacob Trouba. The feeling here is that he will get...


Episode 0076: Top 25 Players Of The Last 3 Years, Where Should Karlsson Go, 44 Arbitration Eligible Players, Blackhawks/Coyotes Salary Trade and Bjorkstrand Extends With Columbus!

With only one mention-worthy transaction this past week, we are truly in the dog days of the NHL off-season. We at the Two Man Forecheck, however, are still attacking each week with playoff vigor. We start this week with our Top 25 players of the past 3 seasons. With no guidelines as to selection, the lists are truly unique. There is only 48% crossover. Players such as Patrice Bergeron, Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman and Alex Ovechkin obviously made both lists, but the differences stand out....


Episode 0075: 13 Troublesome Free Agent Contracts, Nail Yakupov To The KHL, Listener Question, Overused Goaltenders Rinne and Lundqvist, Kucherov Extension and More!

We are now into the dry portion of the year…no hockey until September! So, we at the Two Man Forecheck are going to forge on and talk about everything available. We start with a list of 13 contracts that are “iffy”. This list is published by David Staples on the Edmonton Journal. Both Mike and Chris have issues with most of the contracts listed with the exception of two. Moving on, we discuss the move of Nail Yakupov to the KHL and whether he was ruined by the Oilers or was it something of...


Episode 0074: NHL Free Agency 2018! The Silly Season Has Begun, Tavares and the Leafs, O’Reilly and the Blues, David Perron, Bruins Development Camp and So Much More!

The Free Agent silly season has begun. John Tavares has gone home, Paul Stastny has gone to Vegas, and quality, top line defensemen are hard to come by. We start with the big signing…Tavares to Toronto. But was this the best move or the move that Toronto should have made? The Forecheckers have an opinion on this, and Maple Leaf fans might not agree with us. We talk about the signings for the Boston Bruins…John Moore and Jaroslav Halak. Halak can be good, really good, but can also be really...


Episode 0073: NHL Awards and Draft, Ilya Kovalchuk, Darryl Sutter, Marc Bergevin Trades, Craig Button Speaks, Flames/’Canes Trade, and Much More!

Welcome everyone! The Awards and the NHL Draft have taken place and we at the Two Man Forecheck are ready to give you an opinion. We will start the show with a 35-year-old heading back to the NHL, that’s right, Kovi’s back! Ilya Kovalchuk has signed with the L.A. Kings for 3 years, 6.25 million per year. Is he a good fit there? We believe it is. The NHL Awards were fairly predictable, and if Mike is to be believed, not at all exciting to watch. The Norris Trophy was somewhat exciting as...


Episode 0072: Domi/Galchenyuk, Mike Hoffman Trades, Grzelcyk Signs, O.E.L. Verbally Signs, Trotz Resigns, We Talk Draft Prospects, Ovi and the Kids, Panarin and Power Rankings

This week in hockey brings us the awards and the NHL draft. We delve into the latter later in the show, but we open with the Max Domi for Alex Galchenyuk trade. For Chris, the trade doesn’t make much sense, but Mike takes a more open approach to the deal. Mike Hoffman and his fiancée made a splash this week, Mike with two trades in a matter of hours and his fiancée with her pending cyber bullying allegations. But could this be a win for the Panthers, the final stop on the Hoffman ride…we...


Episode 0071: Pie McKenzie Passed Away, Maple Leafs Cap Issues, E.C. Teams In Need of Improvement, Barry Trotz, Islanders Moves, Habs Center Issues and More!

Before we get started with the show, the Two Man Forecheck want to send our prayers and heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of Johnny “Pie” McKenzie. He passed away last night (June 8, 2018) after being confined to his bed for some time. Johnny was a much liked and respected member of the Big, Bad Bruins teams of the 1970’s. We tackle the upcoming cap issues for the Toronto Maple Leafs and some possible player moves that could take place there. Will Connor Carrick accept a...


Episode 0070PS: The Final is Over, The Season is Over, Washington are Stanley Cup Champions, Ovi Hoists the Conn Smythe!

The Finals are over! Washington has won the Stanley Cup and Alexander Ovechkin has hoisted the Conn Smythe. Now it all comes down to the talking and we at Two Man Forecheck are willing to do so. For your listening pleasure we identify our 3 Stars of the series, as well as a little commentary and counterpoint on the enjoyment and officiating of the Stanley Cup Final. Enjoy this supplemental and be sure to come back on Sunday when we get back to the business of talking everything hockey! So...


Episode 0070: Stanley Cup Final Update, Conn Smythe Possibilities, Rick Nash Contract, Torey Krug Tweeting, Seattle Name Game, Ryan Bennett and Much More!

The Stanley Cup Final is in full swing! Three games played with 2 more guaranteed and a possible 2 after that (we should be so lucky) mean that someone is getting close to hoisting the hardware. The Forecheckers start the show with a quick discussion/recap of games one through three, with the Caps currently having a 1game lead. The discussion moves to the Conn Smythe trophy with many possible winners emerging. At this point we focus on the Boston Bruins and their possibility of re-signing...


Episode 0069: The Stanley Cup Final Washington and Vegas a Full Breakdown and Picks, Oilers Go Shopping, Flyers’ Net Future, CHLers To Watch and Tim Sulock GoFundMe!

The Forecheck is back again! We are on the eve of the Stanley Cup final, about 32 hours away and its anyone’s guess who will carry the trophy around the ice. We’re here to break it all down and give our opinions so don’t be shy and share yours with us. We start out with an in-depth breakdown of the teams by position…Who has the advantage at each spot. The goalies will play a big part (no surprise there) as they are both Vezina winners and have playoff experience. Washington may have an...


Episode 0068: IIHF World Championship, Vegas Wins the West, ‘Canes May Have a Sale, Voynov Returning, Joel Bouchard Named Head Coach, Camp Dates Announced, Mudbugs and Force are Champions!

IIHF World Championships are over. No North American Team has won gold. The Americans finished in 3, with the Swedes and Swiss taking the top two spots respectively. What happened to the North Americans? Do the Europeans have a winning game plan or is it just the size of the rink? We discuss at length. Bob McKenzie has tweeted out that everyone on the ‘Canes is available except Sebastian Aho, but are any players worth looking at right now? The Forecheckers bandy about a few names that...


Episode 0067: Vegas’ No. 1 D-Man, Kyle Dubas Hired in Toronto, Brind’Amour hired in Carolina, Kempny Fined, Jim Matheson Tweeting, Brad Marchand and How Great Teams are Built!

The Two Man Forecheck are back at it after a Mothers’ day off. Tonight we stretched our legs a bit and discussed topics to get you thinking. For starters…who is the number one defenseman for the Vegas Golden Knights? We posit a theory. The Maple Leafs have themselves a new, young GM, Kyle Dubas. An in-house hire of sorts, but is he going to have the power necessary to do the job or will he be a sock puppet for Shanahan and Babcock? The Hurricanes hired a new head coach…someone they know,...


Episode 0066PS: The Conference Finals Are Upon Us! Caps vs. Bolts and Jets vs. Golden Knights, Brad Tells His Story, Predictions!

Another Playoff Supplemental show coming your way! On the night of the Eastern Conference Finals, Mike and Chris get together to discuss the semi-finals and other topics. We start with a mailbag question from Mark Brooks regarding the officiating in the NHL and how to fix it. He offers a suggestion of another official in the press box or above, we offer our fixes. We briefly discuss the ouster of the Nashville Predators from the playoffs before diving into the meat of the show…the...


Episode 0066: The Fate of the Bruins, Bill Peters, Jim Montgomery and Rick Dudley Get Jobs, Guentzel for Conn Smythe, Best Defensemen of the Playoffs and the Mailbag!

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the Two Man Forecheck! With the playoffs entertaining us every night of the week this is a glorious time to be a hockey fan but sleep may be hard to come by, especially for those of us who are fans of the Golden Knights. We start out with a rather in-depth discussion of our hometown team, the Boston Bruins. Nothing is off limits. Is coach Cassidy making the right moves or has he missed the boat? Same for the front office, who appear to have...


Episode 0065: Surprising Golden Knights, Wild Fire Their GM, Flames President Burke Retires, Playoff Drama, Rask and Marchand, Kane Suspended, More Award Nominees, and Predictions

Avengers Infinity War is the reason for the late start this morning but there is plenty to discuss on this week’s Two Man Forecheck! We start this show off talking about everyone’s favorite subject…The Vegas Golden Knights. Surprising first loss after 5 straight playoff wins and it took double overtime and an overturned Vegas goal. Chuck Fletcher was fired (he was told his contract would not be renewed) as GM of the Minnesota Wild. Is there a valid replacement out there? The VP of hockey...


Episode 0064: The Mailbag, Playoff Roundup, The Caps Forge On, Vegas Advances, Nashville Flounders, NHL Award Nominees, Flames Fire Gulutzan, Torts Makes a Guarantee, Hickey Writes a Letter!

The Playoffs are in full swing! There have been teams eliminated and teams that have surprised us to this point. The Forecheckers start the show with a mailbag question regarding Rick Nash and why he is played ahead of Ryan Donato. Unsurprisingly we still don’t feel the love for this player, but Cassidy may have no choice. We begin the playoff roundup with The Caps/Blue Jackets. Discussing what is wrong with a Capitals team that hasn’t been to a Conference final since 1998. Josh Morrissey...


Episode 0063: Ken Hitchcock Retires, The Dallas Stars Flounder, Suspension in the Playoffs, Playoff Series Roundup, Pastrnak Makes History, Centers Being Dismissed and Vegas Golden Knights Odds!

The playoffs have begun, and there have been a few surprises. Ken Hitchcock has retired from the NHL. We here at the Two Man Forecheck wish him the best in his future endeavors, as he will be staying on wth the Stars in a front office capacity. The Stars have much work to do depth-wise and Ken will be able to help in that area. There have been suspensions in the playoffs. Kadri’s was deserved, Doughty’s could have gone either way. The physical level has stepped up this season and the...