126 minutes | Mar 15th 2018

THN S2 Ep28: Oh, The Places You'll Flow!

THN Season 2, Episode 28 (Episode 73) Show Notes 3/6-3/14   Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.   Opening Tease: Playoff Races!!! I attended the Huge comeback in Carolina Disturbing story coming from the KHL Eliminations have begun in the NHL We’ll have all this and more.   Break: Where we are: We are now on The Hockey Writers Podcast Channel! thehockeywriters.com @TheHockeyWriter #THW Itunes Stitcher Soundcloud iHeartRadio TuneIn Google Play Music fm Spreaker? Android/Apple apps RSS: http://thehockeynuts.libsyn.com/rss Our Web Site: http://www.thehockeynuts.com   How to get in touch with us: Twitter: Wayne: @waynehallee9 Steve: @sball504man Email: feedback@thehockeynuts.com Voicemail: 919-960-1718 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Youtube Channel: http://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube (Don’t forget to like and subscribe!) Live streaming!!! We stream the recording of our show on Youtube, but you can also get occasional streams on Facebook.  Youtube: https://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Affiliate Links: Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/   Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates Bos:   6-5 OTW vs Det on 3/6, 3-2 W vs Phi on 3/8, 7-4 W vs Chi on 3/10, 3-1 L @ Chi on 3/11, 6-4 W @Car on 3/13 Car:  6-2 L @ Min on 3/6, 3-2 W @ Chi on 3/8, 6-3 L@ NYR on 3/12, 6-4 L vs Bos on 3/13 NYR: 3-0 L vs Wpg on 3/6, 5-3 L @ TBL on 3/8, 4-3 SOL @ Fla on 3/10, 6-3 W vs Car on 3/12, 4-3 OTW vs Pit on 3/14   Other Notable games: Tuesday, 3/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180306  (9 Games) Wednesday, 3/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180307  (3 games) Thursday, 3/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180308 (12 games) Friday, 3/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games) Saturday, 3/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180310 (11 games) Sunday, 3/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180311 (4 games) Monday, 3/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180312 (8 games) Tuesday, 3/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180313 (7 Games) Wednesday, 3/14: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180314 (5 games)   NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings     NHL Transactions: Brian MacLellan has signed a contract to remain general manager of the Washington Capitals, the team confirmed Friday. MacLellan, 59, is in the final season of his contract. He was promoted to GM on May 26, 2014, after serving as assistant GM for seven seasons under George McPhee, who was fired after the Capitals failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14.  Washington has qualified for the playoffs in each of three seasons under MacLellan, winning the Presidents' Trophy in 2015-16 and 2016-17, but the Capitals have not advanced past the second round of the playoffs since making their lone Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1997-98.  Coach Barry Trotz's future remains unclear. He was hired May 26, 2014, to replace Adam Oates and his contract is due to expire after this season. Trotz, 55, is fifth in NHL history with 750 wins and 1,509 games coached. He is 750-565-134 with 60 ties in 19 NHL seasons, including 193-86-34 in four seasons with the Capitals.  Ron Francis is no longer general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. Francis will become Hurricanes president of hockey operations, and Carolina will immediately begin a search for a new GM who will report directly to Tom Dundon, who became majority owner Jan. 11. "Since I took control of the team, I've had a good chance to be around and assess the operations," Dundon said. "There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions.  "Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role."  Francis has been Hurricanes GM since 2014, when he was promoted to replace Jim Rutherford. He has been in Carolina management for 12 seasons.  Carolina has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once (2008-09) since winning the Cup in 2005-06. The Hurricanes (29-27-11) trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by four points for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining.  "We're just trying to break up the hockey stuff," he said. "We're undermanned there. We could stand to continue to evolve, in a good way, to get more throughput."  The following day, Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon fielded a host of phone calls from media in the aftermath of the announcement Wednesday that the Hurricanes will begin searching for a new general manager after shifting Ron Francis from GM into a new role as president of hockey operations.  Dundon, who became Carolina's majority owner Jan. 11, was aware before those phone calls of the outside perception he wants to be hands-on in all decisions, including those involving hockey operations, and said, "I think short term, it's probably accurate."  But he said that's not his long-term plan.  "I think it's appropriate right now that I challenge and question everything we do, so we can get a process that everyone buys into and we're comfortable with," Dundon said. "Once we do, I would be less likely to be involved with things that I think are working properly."  Less than two months after taking over, Dundon is far from satisfied with how things are working.  "This wasn't strategic that, 'Oh, we need to do something.' This was not that," Dundon said. "I really hope we start winning. I know the players care. They're trying. I'm actually happiest about that. They're frustrated. You've got to realize that they work harder than we do and they sacrifice a lot. They care. They're trying hard. I'm not upset with anybody."  But as far as the long-term structure Dundon is trying to establish, he said he didn't believe he and Francis, who was in his fourth season as GM, were on the same page.  "Over time, he and I just kind of agreed that our styles were such that [team president] would be a better role for him and the organization probably could use more throughout," Dundon said. "There's so much to do, it was just a better fit for everybody."  Francis was methodical in rebuilding the Hurricanes through the NHL Draft and smaller trades but wasn't able to get them into the playoffs. Though Dundon said he and Francis agreed on most things, they didn't agree on the approach.  "I want someone collaborative, someone aggressive, a good fit for how we're going to go about making decisions," Dundon said listing the qualities he'd like in the Hurricanes GM. "Someone comfortable with the decision-making process where we take lots of input, and, ultimately, hopefully the decisions are organizational. I think that's probably what happens in most organizations.   "Just someone who's comfortable acquiring information, whether it's from scouts and other GMs and other people in the League and their own eye, and putting together a process that we can use to continue to improve the team."  Though Dundon has talked about expanding the Hurricanes analytics staff, he said doesn't need the GM to be an "analytics guy."  "Because I don't think that works," he said. "I think you need a hockey guy that can work with the analytics people to challenge their thoughts. 'Hey, I think this. Can you show me something that proves or disproves or makes me or less comfortable with what I've done?'"  Don Waddell, president of Gale Force Sports and Entertainment and in charge of business operations for the Hurricanes and PNC Arena, will lead the GM search, Dundon said, with input from him and Francis.  Dundon said he values Francis' opinion and knowledge and will continue to utilize him as an asset.   "I know I want his opinions, and this isn't about whether I think he's smart and has good judgment," he said. "It's just about the right fit on a day-to-day basis. If you think about it, you've got a guy that's been doing it a certain way and then I show up and I've got a different way. That's harder than someone new coming in knowing, 'Here's how it's going to be. Are you comfortable with that?' It's that simple."  As for coach Bill Peters, Dundon said, "I think he's doing a fine job. We're just not getting the results." But Dundon acknowledged the new GM will have a say in whether Peters returns next season.  "I'd be lying if I said the new GM wouldn't have a vote," Dundon said. "That wouldn't be fair to bring in a new GM and not give him a vote. By the way, Bill gets a vote too. Bill gets to decide if he wants to be here. But I like him."  Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698 Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades       Injuries: Winnipeg Jets goaltender Steve Masonhad arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday and is expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks, coach Paul Maurice said.  Mason missed 21 games with an upper-body injury before returning to play against the New York Rangers on March 6. Despite injuring his knee during that game, Mason made 31 saves to post his 34th career shutout in a 3-0 victory.  Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposowill be out indefinitely because of a concussion.  Okposo was injured in a collision with Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan during the second period of the Sabres' 4-3 shootout win Thursday.  Okposo, 29, was hospitalized in March 2017 with what he later described as complications from medication used after being treated for a concussion.   Okposo, in the second season of a seven-year contract he signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent, has 38 poi
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