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Episode 0089: Expansion and Failed NHL Franchises, The Injury Blotter, Taylor Hall and the Hart, the Bruins Schedule, Twitter Polls and Halak vs. Rask...oh yeah...and More!

Here we are…Auston Matthews has taken the NHL by storm and all teams are in full swing. Or are they? The open questions how odd the schedule is that some teams have played 6 games while others have played 3. William Nylander is still unsigned. What are the Maple Leafs to do? That was the last Twitter Poll and the results bear out that the Leafs should trade him for a defenseman. Agreed we say, but it should have been done at the draft. The Leafs are surviving without him and the longer it...


Episode 0088: Nylander Still Not Signed, Simmonds Is Healthy Again, B's Netminder Situation, Toews Off To Smashing Start, Are Habs For Real, Twitter Polls And Much More!

Here we go! The new season has begun and there are absolutely no ways of telling who is going to be the next Stanley Cup Champion…but we are going to try and figure it out here at the Two Man Forecheck. We open the show talking about patterns present and non-existent in the stats and the haves and have nots and where they are in the standings. This leads us into Toronto, where William Nylander still has not signed and reportedly is asking for 8.5 million dollars. Should they sign him…trade...


Episode 0087: Theodore Signs, Twitter Poll Results, Goaltender Pad Rules, Top 4 Metro And Pacific Teams, Mike's Predictions, Bruins Moves And So Much More!

The NHL Season is less than 48 hours away. We at the Forecheck are celebrating vividly with another rendition of the Two Man Forecheck. Shea Theodore has come back to the fold, signing a 7 year, 36.4-million-dollar contract with Vegas. Is he really happy with this deal or did he just want to play hockey? Either way, the Golden Knights are thrilled he is back. The Twitter Polls are out and completed. Last week we asked which rookie would have the best second season. With 63% of the vote,...


Episode 0086: Top 4 Atlantic and Central Divisions, Twitter Poll Results, Nurse, Reinhart and Morrissey Sign, Melnyk Makes A Movie, Dotchin Waived, The Bruins Moves And Much More!

We are another week closer to the start of the new NHL season, which means another exciting episode of Two Man Forecheck. In the open we talk about the Vancouver Canucks and how they will fare with the no longer present Sedin Twins. The future may be bright, but how far out is that future? The Top 4 discussion doesn’t bring us any surprises. The Atlantic and Central divisions should stay the same at the top, with positions possibly switching for Nashville and Winnipeg. The Atlantic is a...


Episode 0085: Karlsson, Pacioretty and McQuaid On The Move, Crawford Skating, Suter Healthy, Zetterberg Done, Yzerman Steps Aside, Twitter Poll and More!

Training camps have started. Players have reported. Games are being played. Hockey has returned! We begin with good news out of Chicago. Corey Crawford is skating again. There is no timetable, and he hasn’t been seen at any camps however he is moving again, and that has to be a good thing. To temper that, Brent Seabrook and two other players are not at camp yet with injuries of their own. More good news…Ryan Suter is 100% healthy. The man who has led the league in average time on ice for...


Episode 0084: Wheeler Extension, Schmidt Suspended, Twitter Poll Results, Quick/Varlamov, Jones/Talbot, Chara/Letang,Tyler Seguin, Ellis/Krug and More!

Rookie camps have started! The rookie games have begun in Buffalo! There are hockey highlights on your favorite networks! Hockey is back! Three weeks from now it will be official. With all this in mind, the Forecheckers bring you another fun-filled episode to bridge the quickly closing gap to puck drop. Blake Wheeler has signed a 5-year extension with Winnipeg. The 41.25-million-dollar contract has an AAV of 8.25 million per year. It’s about time that he has been brought to the level of...


Episode 0083: Karlsson Trade, Last Week's Poll, Hanifin Signs, Krug Trolls Marchand, Increase Fines?, Buffalo Improved?, EA Rankings, Subban Comes Home, And Much More!

Hello all, It’s September! What’s that mean? Hockey is on the horizon. With only two weeks or less until rookie camps and captain’s practices getting ready to begin, our beloved sport is back. So, with that in mind, the Two Man Forecheck is getting ready with another week of excitement. Starting out, we tease this week’s poll question, when will Erik Karlsson be traded. Be sure to let us know what you think. We briefly break down last week’s question, where the results were to be expected...


Episode 0082: Worst Summer Contracts, Theodore Still Unsigned, Etem Is Back, Youth Hockey in Arizona, Rangers Playoffs, Cassidy on Chara and More!

Hello again! Can you sense it? The NHL season is fast approaching and soon we will have our beloved sport back for our enjoyment. In the meantime, we at the Two Man Forecheck will keep you informed of the goings on around the league. We start off with a frank discussion of the worst NHL contracts handed out this summer, a question posited by Mike on Facebook. We had some interesting responses, the most intriguing being Brady Tkachuk signing with Ottawa. Mike believes it may just be Dylan...


Episode 0081: NHL Network Top 20 Defensemen, Roenick's Top 10 Centers, Tokarski is Back, Kronwall May Be Done, Devils Sign No. 17, Our Twitter Poll and Much More!

With NHL Rookie camps and Training camps on the horizon, hockey is suddenly in our foreseeable future! Hold on everyone…the finish line is almost upon us. This week’s show is chock full of tidbits, but actual storylines are still hard to come by so here we present the best of what is available. Niklas Kronwall at age 37 has stated that this season could very well be his last in the NHL. My concern is that when a player makes a statement like this he or she may already be retired in their...


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...