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The Instigator Podcast
66 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 10.2 - The Jack Eichel Saga Takes Another Turn
Joe Yerdon joins the show for another guest appearance as we discuss all of the drama from the first day of practice at Sabres training camp. We run through Kevyn Adams' comments to open camp and the decision to remove the captaincy from Eichel. How the Sabres move forward in their effort to trade Eichel and how they're being perceived nationally were big topics for the podcast before eventually moving on to discuss the camp roster and the players we're most excited to see in camp and preseason action.
58 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 10.1 - Previewing the Sabres at the Prospects Challenge
There will be actual hockey games played in Sabres uniforms this week as the 2021 Prospects Challenge kicks off on Friday night. This episode runs down the Sabres roster for the tournament and hits on the key players we're looking forward to seeing on Friday and Saturday. Not only do we dive in on some of the bigger names like JJ Peterka and Jack Quinn but we touch on some of the invites on the roster and what's intriguing about them for the weekend. We also touch briefly on the new COVID mandates put in place for Bills and Sabres games this week.
44 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Episode 9.36 - The NHL is Returning to the Olympics
The NHL will be returning to the Olympics and the 2022 Beijing games. We discuss the implications of the NHL's return and the pros and cons of the deal that was struck. Additionally, we talk through the end of the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet and Montreal's acquisition of Chrisitan Dvorak while also running through the new contracts for Casey Mittelstadt and Henri Jokiharju.
63 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Episode 9.35 - Agents of Change
We are back for another episode and we're discussing Jack Eichel's decision to take on new representation with NHL power agent Pat Brisson. We run down what it means for his current surgery stalemate with the Sabres and the trade rumors that have followed both him and the team since the spring. We also touch on the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet from the Hurricanes and wrap up the show with some thoughts on the current stadium discourse with the Buffalo Bills.
64 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Episode 9.34 - Bills Stadium Negotiations with Tim Graham of The Athletic
Tim Graham of The Athletic joins the show to run through everything that's been happening with the Bills stadium negotiations. From the public posturing to how and where the money will be spent we touch on just about everything that's been discussed publicly and lend some opinions on what the stadium could or should look like once shovels are in the ground.
68 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Episode 9.33 - Waiting on an Eichel Deal
In the wake of free agency we discuss the latest drama surrounding Jack Eichel, the Sabres and Eichel's agents. We touch on the new information learned about the surgery he's seeking, the statement made by his representatives and where trade talks appear to stand at this point. Later in the show we go over Buffalo's free agency activity and crown the teams we feel have improved (and those who haven't) in the offseason.
81 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Episode 9.32 - Breaking Down a Wild Draft Weekend
The NHL Draft offered up plenty of drama as there were a handful of blockbuster trades and a few draft picks in between. We break down the Buffalo Sabres trades of Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart, the Chicago Blackhawks addition of Seth Jones and offer an update on the Jack Eichel situation. We also dive in on Buffalo's draft picks and provide a brief primer for free agency as it is set to open on Wednesday.
67 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Episode 9.31 - Expansion Draft and NHL Draft Breakdown
It's the busiest week of the offseason in the NHL as Seattle has selected their roster via expansion and the NHL Draft kicks off on Friday. We offer a breakdown on Seattle's expansion draft selections along with a discussion on what Buffalo will be looking at with their first two selections of the draft. There's also a quick chat on the trades made on Thursday and a brief Jack Eichel update.
74 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Episode 9.30 - Expansion Considerations
The offseason is officially in full swing as two big stories dropped this week in the NHL. We break down the trade that sent Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers and the decision by the Minnesota Wild to buy out the contracts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Our main topic for the week is discussing Buffalo's expansion outlook and the players they're likely to leave exposed as Seattle prepares for the expansion draft next week.
64 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Episode 9.29 - Stanley Cup Final Recap
We're back on the heels of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, breaking down what helped power the Tampa Bay Lightning to their second-straight title and what went wrong for the Montreal Canadiens. We discuss what's next for the Habs as whether or not they can capitalize on their unexpected run. We also touch on the Lightning's cap overage and whether or not the outrage over it is deserved.
67 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 9.28 - Dropping the Puck on the 2021 Stanley Cup Final
The Cup Final is rolling and we offer up our views on the series between Tampa Bay and Montreal. We discuss the matchup issues Montreal may encounter, how Carey Price can be the x-factor and offer up our prediction for how the series will go. We also discuss the NHL's officiating issues and touch briefly on the Sabres coaching search.
59 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Episode 9.27 - Remembering Rene Robert
Sabres great Rene Robert passed away on Tuesday and we discuss how his loss will leave such a huge hole in the organization and with the Sabres alumni group. We also touch briefly on JJ Peterka and some of the signs for cautious optimism with regard to Buffalo's pipeline and upcoming draft capital.
72 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Episode 9.26 - A Busy Summer Awaits featuring Lance Lysowski
Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News joined this week's show to discuss the laundry list of topics happening in the Sabres orbit. We talk about the mounting rumors regarding Jack Eichel's future and what sort of return Sabres fans should expect (or hope) to see the team fetch for their captain. We also discuss the top of the draft and the expectation that the Sabres just might be picking twice in the top 10 come July and the prospects they'll have to choose from should that come to fruition.
66 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Episode 9.25 - Draft Lottery Rewind
The Sabres retained the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft after winning the draft lottery last week. We discuss last week's lottery and some of the top prospects in this year's draft including Owen Power, Matthew Beniers, William Eklund and others. We also hit on the second round of the NHL playoffs and some of the top storylines of what's been a solid year of postseason series for the NHL.
88 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 9.24 - Cooking Up Eichel Packages
This is a little outside the norm for the podcast but knowing what this summer is bound to hold, it seemed wise to discuss potential landing spots and packages in a potential Jack Eichel trade. We also discuss Wayne Gretzky joining the TNT NHL broadcast and some of the current playoff results. Tyler's DealsDET: Joe Veleno, Evgeny Svechnikov, Danny DeKeyser, 2021 1st, 2 2021 2nds, 2022 2ndANA: Sam Steel, Alex Volkov, Rickard Rakell, 2021 1st, Benoit-Oliver Groulx, Max ComtoisNYR: Kappo Kaako, K'Andre Miller, Alexandar Georgiev, Ryan Strome, 2021 1stChris:LA: Alex Turcotte, Akil Thomas, 2021 1st, Jonathan QuickSTL: Jordan Kyrou, Robert Thomas, 2021 1stCGY: Matthew Tkachuk, Connor Zary, 2021 2nd
80 minutes | May 19, 2021
Episode 9.23 - Assessing the Sabres Coaching Search
With the Sabres fully in offseason mode, we felt it was time to go deep on Don Granato and the Sabres coaching search. We determine whether Granato is the right choice to be the Sabres next head coach or if another hire is the better option. Along the way we laugh about reports of the Sabres other interviews and even offer up a playoff preview.
60 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 9.22 - Locker Cleanout Meltdown featuring Joe Yerdon
The Sabres kicked off locker clean out interviews with bang as Rasmus Ristolainen, Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel each made huge statements with regard to the 2020-21 season and their respective future in Buffalo. We discuss Eichel's availability and his transparency regarding his desire to get surgery on his neck so that he'd be ready for next season. We talk about his comments and just how damning they are along with the comments made by Ristolainen and Reinhart.
69 minutes | May 5, 2021
Episode 9.21 - Miller Time
Ryan Miller announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season and we discussed his impact on and off the ice during his time in Buffalo. It was a great conversation remembering just what he meant as a goalie and as a person during his career with the Sabres.We also touch on the Tom Wilson incident and the reaction surrounding it.
81 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Episode 9.20 - The Eichel Episode
While most of the trade rumors have seemed to be nonsense, there has been more than enough chatter about Jack Eichel to trigger a conversation about the Sabres' star. Not only do we touch on the idea that the Sabres might trade him but a number of other topics related to the player. Also on the docket is a chat about Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.
85 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.19 - The Kids Are Alright
Buffalo's youngsters are getting a serious look in key roles down the stretch of the 2021 season. We discuss the impact some of the key prospects and young players have had in Buffalo this spring and the potential that exists for that group to have a significant impact in the future as well. We also place focus on Don Granato and whether or not he should be the first choice as the long-term head coach of the team. There's also bonus conversation on the European Super League and the fallout of the apparent failure of some of soccer's biggest clubs to break off and make their own competition.
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