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The Instigator Podcast
81 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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
The Instigator Podcast 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.
80 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.18 - Deadline Recap
The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone and it wasn't without some fireworks. We run through some of the biggest trades of the 2021 deadline and take an in-depth look at the work Kevyn Adams and the Sabres did at the trade table.
61 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.17 - NHL Trade Dealine Primer
The deadline is right around the corner and the Sabres hold perhaps the most valuable chip at the table. We break down the trade that sent Kyle Palmieri to the Islanders and how it could affect the market for the Sabres and Taylor Hall. We run down the other potential rentals the Sabres may sell ahead of Monday's deadline and add in a couple potential additions should some of these larger moves get made.The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and free shipping by using the code 2ITB at www.manscaped.com.Instigator Podcast listeners can get 2500 free coins when they download the Vig It sports app and use our promo code 2ITB when you register. Bet on the NHL, NBA, MLB and win real prizes with Vig It. The app is free to download and free to play which means you can start earning coins to win prizes today.
73 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.16 - Pipe Cleaning
This week we discuss some of the rumors swirling about Buffalo’s front office and how the various names connected to the Sabres could affect their future. We touch on the trade that sent Eric Staal to the Montreal Canadiens and the potential positive impact of the return. We wrap up the show analyzing some college free agents who could help in goal. The Hockey News link on draft lottery changes:https://www.si.com/hockey/news/which-recent-nhl-draft-lottery-outcomes-led-to-the-new-rule-changes The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and free shipping by using the code 2ITB at www.manscaped.com. Instigator Podcast listeners can get 2500 free coins when they download the Vig It sports app and use our promo code 2ITB when you register. Bet on the NHL, NBA, MLB and win real prizes with Vig It. The app is free to download and free to play which means you can start earning coins to win prizes today.
78 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.15 - Tim Peel, Lotteries and Don Granato
Some late breaking news hit the wire before we recorded this week, as Sabres interim head coach Don Granato and interim assistant coach Matt Ellis each entered COVID protocols ahead of Thursday's game in Pittsburgh. We discuss just how insanely ridiculous this season has been for the Sabres before diving into the latest NHL controversy with referee Tim Peel. We also discuss the changes to the NHL draft lottery and even touch on the trade that sent Jonas Johansson to Colorado. The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and free shipping by using the code 2ITB at www.manscaped.com.Instigator Podcast listeners can get 2500 free coins when they download the Vig It sports app and use our promo code 2ITB when you register. Bet on the NHL, NBA, MLB and win real prizes with Vig It. The app is free to download and free to play which means you can start earning coins to win prizes today.
71 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.14 - Stalled Development
Ralph Krueger's seat keeps heating up and we dive in on a host of topics as we await what seems like the inevitable decision to fire the Sabres coach. On the docket this week is a discussion over some of the notes included in 31 Thoughts on Buffalo's thin scouting staff and the potential pitfalls that brings.We also spend time discussing the young players the Sabres regularly leave in the minors without truly evaluating them at the NHL level. We touch on the likes of CJ Smith, Arttu Ruotsalainen and others who can't seem to break into the lineup for the necessary amount of time to prove whether or not they're NHL players.The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and free shipping by using the code 2ITB at www.manscaped.com.
78 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Instigator Podcast 9.13 - The NHL is Back on ESPN
The NHL's 17-year absence from ESPN will come to an end this fall as the league and The Worldwide Leader will start a new seven-year partnership. The implications of the new TV deal are huge for the league as they return to the number one sports network in the United States with an agreement that carries a huge streaming package.This week's show hits on all the key factors of the ESPN deal, including the potential on-air talent, what it means to be carried on ESPN and how the streaming aspect is a new frontier for one of North America's Big Four.We also discuss the latest dram surrounding Ralph Krueger and the Sabres' coaching position. That includes rumors hinting at Nate Leaman being a target and what exactly Bruce Boudreau said on the radio Wednesday afternoon.The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and free shipping by using the code 2ITB at www.manscaped.com.
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