123 minutes | Apr 12th 2018

THN S2 Ep32: Tribute to Humboldt & NHL Playoff Preview

THN Season 2, Episode 32 (Episode 77) Show Notes 4/3-4/11   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 Previews!!! Devastated Humboldt. 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/ Referral/Affiliate Links: Our preferred mobile carrier: Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/ (Get $25 off your first purchase, and reward us at the same time!) Our preferred event ticket source: Seatgeek:  https://seatgeek.com/?aid12537  (reward us when you buy your next event tickets!)   Sad, Sad week in the hockey world… 29 On board, 15 die, 14 hospitalized. 11 still in hospital tonight.  At least one player paralyzed. I’ve been on that bus… 15 yr old team statistician connection GoFundMe – $8.6M donated so far - https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan spending Sunday with the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan that was involved in a deadly bus crash. McLellan and Gulutzan, who each have ties to the province, met with survivors and family members of the victims. They also attended a vigil for the 15 people who were killed when the team bus collided with a tractor-trailer Friday. There were 29 people on the Broncos bus; the other 14 were injured.  Tributes and fundraisers from around the NHL. Sheldon Kennedy offering support – 1986 Bus Crash (4 killed) – Put your sticks out for Humboldt!       Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates Bos:  3-2 L @ FLA on 4/5, 5-2 W vs Ott on 4/7, 4-2 L vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season Car:  4-3 L @ PHI on 4/5, 3-2 OTW vs TBL on 4/7, end of season NYR: 2-1 L @ NYI on 4/5, 5-0 L @ PHI on 4/7, end of season Other Notable games: Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games) Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games) Friday, 4/6:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180406   (4 games) Saturday, 4/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180407  (15 games) Sunday, 4/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180408   (1 game) END OF REGULAR SEASON   FINAL NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings     NHL Transactions: Alain Vigneault was fired as coach of the New York Rangers on Saturday after five seasons. The Rangers finished last in the Metropolitan Division (34-39-9) this season and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.  The Rangers were 226-147-37 under Vigneault, who is third in wins and fourth in games in New York history. They were 31-30 in the playoffs; he is third all-time in playoff wins and games coached in Rangers history.  New York reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, his first season, and got to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2015. The Rangers lost in the Eastern Conference First Round in 2016 and in the second round last season. Ken Holland has signed a two-year contract to return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Holland said he would address the future of coach Jeff Blashill on Tuesday. Blashill is 104-105-36 in his three seasons.  In 21 seasons with Holland as GM, the Red Wings have won the Stanley Cup three times (1998, 2002, 2008) and the Presidents' Trophy four times (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), with 10 division titles.  Last season, Detroit's run of 25 consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended, and this season is the first time the Red Wings have not qualified for the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1982 and 1983.    Antti Raantasigned a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. No financial terms were disclosed.  Cap Friendly:  $4.25M/yr.  The 28-year-old goaltender, in his first season with Arizona, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers with center Derek Stepan for defenseman Tony DeAngeloand the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (center Lias Andersson) on June 23, Raanta is 21-16-6 this season in 46 games; his wins and games played are personal NHL highs. He missed 22 games because of injury.  Raanta is tied for second in the NHL in save percentage (.930) and third in goals-against average (2.24) among goaltenders with at least 20 games this season. He has won six straight starts and is 9-1-0 in his past 10 games, allowing two or fewer goals in nine of them.  Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman will remain coach and general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, respectively, next season, president John McDonough said Thursday. The Blackhawks (33-37-10) are last in the Central Division and will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.  McDonough said he thinks Bowman and Quenneville are the right people to put the Blackhawks back on track after their worst season in a decade.  Quenneville has won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks since he was named coach Oct. 16, 2008. His 884 NHL wins with the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Blackhawks are second all-time behind Scotty Bowman (1,244).  Stan Bowman replaced Dale Tallon to become the ninth GM in Blackhawks history July 14, 2009. Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 10, that the team has signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year NHL contract worth an average annual value of $750,000. Kuhlman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.   College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings 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: Vladimir Tarasenkohad reconstructive surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated left shoulder.  The 26-year-old St. Louis Blues forward will be re-evaluated at training camp in September, general manager Doug Armstrong said.  Tarasenko scored 33 goals in 80 games, leading the Blues in goals for the fourth straight season, and was second with 66 points, four behind forward Brayden Schenn, who had 70 (28 goals, 42 assists).  He was injured in a collision with Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog during the first period of St. Louis' season-ending 5-2 loss on Saturday.  Marian Gaborikof the Ottawa Senators had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back Thursday.  Gaborik, who has missed the past seven games, is expected to resume training in approximately eight weeks.  Gaborik, who has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 46 games this season, has 815 points (407 goals, 408 assists) in 1,035 NHL games.     On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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