The Jeff Marek Show

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Sportsnet insider Jeff Marek goes around the league in Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s national NHL show, airing live across the country daily from 12pm-2pm ET. Opinion, news and analysis featuring daily segments from insider Elliotte Friedman.

Auston Matthews Hits the Shelf
Last Friday at 7:20 PM

Jeff is joined by Sportsnet play-by-play voice Chris Cuthbert to talk about Auston Matthews’ injury, the evolution of his game, and if the Leafs should push their chips in this season. Producer Matt Marchese brings us today's "Random Player of the Day" – Terry Harper (16:59)! PHF Commissioner Reagan Carey chats about the upcoming All-Star weekend festivities and the PHF’s ability to attract players, before discussing the league's potential expansion (32:59). To finish off the show, Producer Matt checks back in with his "Week in Review" (47:10)!

 

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Marek & Friedman: Licking Glass? At a Hockey Game?
Last Friday at 5:44 PM

Jeff and Elliotte react to the news of Auston Matthews’ injury, his All Star replacement, and if it will impact the Maple Leafs’ deadline plans. Next, they chat about the lack of news surrounding an Alex DeBrincat extension, Dan Vladar taking over the Flames’ starting job, and fight night between the Wild and Flyers (11:49). To finish up, the guys look ahead to the slate of games ahead, the glass licker in Tampa, and the most disgusting thing that they’ve seen at a hockey game (23:43). 

 

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Who Might Be a Good Fit for Timo Meier?
Last Thursday at 7:05 PM

Jeff talks with Sabres play-by-play voice Dan Dunleavy about the vibes in Buffalo, if we might see GM Kevyn Adams stray away from his plan, and how the goalie situation could play out for the rest of the season. Producer Matt Marchese checks in with today's "Random Player of the Day" – Craig Janney (17:46)! The Athletic's Shayna Goldman weighs in with her standouts from around the league, why Matt Boldy’s freshly minted contract already looks good, and which teams would be good fits for Timo Meier (27:13). We wrap up with Sportsnet's Louie DeBrusk, who looks back on his time play...


Marek & Friedman: Tocchet Plays the “Soft” Card
Last Thursday at 5:43 PM

Jeff and Elliotte look at the minor trade between the Avalanche and Sharks, what it means for youngsters Martin Kaut and Ryan Merkley, and if this is the start of the sell-off for San Jose. Next, discuss Vancouver coming back down to earth against Seattle, Rick Tocchet playing the “soft” card early in his tenure, and the coaching philosophies of some older coaches (12:17). To wrap up, Jeff and Elliotte chat about some of the young players for the Rangers starting to step up, the impact of Tristan Jarry’s injury, and if Buffalo might look to make a move to app...


Tanking? What Tanking? Nobody Tanks in the NHL!
Last Wednesday at 7:02 PM

Jeff opens the show looking at the headlines from the day including Kris Letang’s big return and Gary Bettman’s comments about tanking, before hearing from Connor Hellebuyck’s appearance on the 32 Thoughts Podcast. Later on, Rangers reporter Vince Mercogliano looks back on Igor Shesterkin’s “almost goal” against the Panthers, what to make of the development of some of New York's young forwards, and K’Andre Miller’s next deal (33:32). We wrap things up with Producer Matt, who shares today's "Random Player of the Day" – Ivan Boldirev (49:52)!

 

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MvsW: Bruce Boudreau – The Ambassador of Fun
Last Wednesday at 6:52 PM

Jeff and Greg look at Dougie Hamilton’s honesty in a post-game interview, how much players actually remember about the game they just played in, and Jack Hughes’ great pass on last night’s OT winner. Next, they examine Gary Bettman’s comments suggesting team's do not participate in tanking, and discuss the idea that some coaches might contribute. To finish up, Jeff and Greg wonder about the Islanders’ ability to play "king-maker" at the trade deadline, the potential moves ahead for the Sharks, and take a look back on the Canucks' swap behind the bench.

 

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What Else Can You Say About Sidney Crosby?
Last Tuesday at 7:05 PM

Jeff chats with play-by-play announcer for the Penguins Josh Getzoff (0:45) about the impending return of Kris Letang, reflections on the Winter Classic and what else there is to be said about Sidney Crosby. Then, on to the Random Player of the Day – Al MacAdam (20:32). Producer Matt weighs in on Zach Hyman’s offensive resurgence and goalies who use black tape on their blade (38:36). Finally, The Athletic's Kevin Kurz talks about what has been ailing the Islanders, the team not having adjusted to the newer offensive style of the game and what the club might do ahead of the trade dead...


Marek & Friedman: Will the Isles and Blues Be Busy?
Last Tuesday at 5:44 PM

Jeff and Elliotte discuss the Islanders’ need for goal scoring, if they decide to continue with this group through the trade deadline and William Nylander’s season to this point. The guys send their well wishes to Senators Assistant Bob Jones before talking about Josh Norris’ season-ending injury and the where the Blues stand with their roster (18:40). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte look back on Johnny Gaudreau’s return to Calgary, the need for the Flames to grab a win and what to expect in Rick Tocchet’s debut behind the Canucks’ bench (25:46).

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Boudreau Departs and Tocchet Lands in Vancouver
Last Monday at 7:03 PM

Jeff opens the show discussing the news of the weekend – Bruce Boudreau being fired in Vancouver and being replaced by Rick Tocchet. Iain MacIntyre looks back on the treatment of Boudreau throughout this season, the damage done in this process, and the challenge ahead for Rick Tocchet (09:00). Later on, Eric Francis reacts to Darryl Sutter’s comments post-game on Saturday following Jakob Pelletier's debut, Sutter's declining stock in Calgary, and Johnny Gaudreau’s return to the city (35:44). Producer Matt Marchese wraps things up with today's "Random Player of the Day" – Elmer “Moose” Vasko (50:07)!

 

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Marek & Friedman: What’s Next in Vancouver?
Last Monday at 6:59 PM

Jeff and Elliotte look back on Bruce Boudreau's firing, before getting into the public perception of the Canucks organization and how players might play under Rick Tocchet. Next, the guys discuss the Islanders’ recent struggles, the club’s inability to score, and the Maple Leafs making calls on defensemen (11:00). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte chat about San Jose in the trade market, Johnny Gaudreau’s return to Calgary, and why the Stars and Rangers could be looking to make a big splash (20:00).

 

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Hockey Day in Owen Sound with Ron MacLean
01/20/2023

Sportsnet's Luke Fox joins Matt Marchese to chat about the Maple Leafs' play of late, Michael Bunting's next deal, the conundrum trying to manage Toronto's goalie tandem, and Kyle Dubas' trade deadline strategy. Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean stops by to preview this year's Hockey Day in Canada taking place in Owen Sound, Ontario, before discussing the Oilers' Stanley Cup chances and fostering individual expression in the NHL (17:24). Next up, Sportsnet's Eric Engels shares his mixed feelings after the Canadiens' win last night, thoughts on Juraj Slafkovsky's rookie season, and expectations for Cole Caufield's next contract (42:30). We wrap...


Marchese & Friedman: The Art of Tanking
01/20/2023

Elliotte Friedman joins host Matt Marchese to chat about the delicate balance of tanking in the NHL, especially in the 2023 draft class featuring Connor Bedard. Later, the pair discuss the Sabres' potential trade deadline strategy, the ceremony honouring Ryan Miller in Buffalo last night, and the Canadiens' blueprint for the future (09:00). To wrap up, Matt and Elliotte weigh in the driving forces in Minnesota, Max Pacioretty's injury setback last night, and the NHL's retro take on this year's All-Star jerseys (22:00)

 

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What's Your MO? with Arda Ocal
01/19/2023

Matt Marchese welcomes in The Athletic's Ian Mendes to chat about Brady Tkachuk's playoff transferable game, how big Josh Norris' return is for the Senators, and the mentality behind Mathieu Joseph's healthy scratch. Random Player of the Day - Gilbert Perreault! ESPN's Arda Ocal shares a unique stat about Perreault, before discussing Tage Thompson's electrifying play, the Buffalo Sabres' rebuild, the Leafs and Lightning's playoff trajectory, and if the "Vegas Flu" still exists for visiting teams in Sin City (17:15). Finally, Sportsnet's Ken Wiebe highlights Connor Hellebuyck's resurgent season in goal for the Jets, Rick Bowness' positive impact on Josh...


Marchese & Friedman: Steven Stamkos Joins the 500 Club
01/19/2023

Elliotte Friedman joins host Matt Marchese to chat about the nightmare that is driving in downtown Toronto and their most dangerous road trips. Later, the pair discuss Steven Stamkos' milestone moment to notch his 500th goal, how greatly injuries have impacted his career trajectory, and Connor Hellebuyck's mental health advocacy (10:00). To wrap, Matt and Elliotte weigh in on how volatile the goalie position has become, the impact Rick Bowness has made in Winnipeg, and what it could take to make a trade for Jonathan Toews (21:00).

 

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Reflections on the Life of Gino Odjick
01/18/2023

Jeff is joined by CAA NHL Agent Bayne Pettinger to talk about the situation involving Ivan Provorov and "Pride Night" in Philadelphia last night, people using their platform for speaking against what happened, and the decision to play him in the game. Sportsnet 650's Joey Kenward stops in to reflect on the life of Gino Odjick, his fan favourite status, and his relationship with Pavel Bure (20:26).

 

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MvsW: Making Sense of the Flyers’ Conundrum
01/18/2023

Jeff and Greg discuss the Flyers' decision to play Ivan Provorov following his refusal to wear the "Pride Night" warmups, the tricky nature of what happened, and the social media response. Next, they talk about Evander Kane’s impact since joining the Oilers, Edmonton's Stanley Cup drought during the McDavid-Draisaitl era, and where Seattle fits into the Western Conference playoff picture (20:00). To finish up, Jeff and Greg weigh in on Jim Rutherford’s press conference and how tough a job the Canucks have ahead of them, before sharing their thoughts on the passing of Gino Odjick (27:00)

 

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Marek & Friedman: Provorov Headlines for the Wrong Reasons
01/18/2023

Jeff is joined by Elliotte in-studio to discuss Ivan Provorov's boycott during Flyers Pride Night, the potential legal ramifications if Philly chose to bench Provorov, and how this situation might impact his trade value. Next, they weigh in on the comments made by Paul Maurice after a loss to Toronto, Matt Murray’s tendencies in net, and Evander Kane’s return to the ice (15:00). To wrap, Jeff and Elliotte chat about the idea of scratching players instead of trading them in today’s market, before sorting through Bo Horvat's potential landing spots (22:00).

 

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The State of the Wild with Bill Guerin
01/17/2023

Jeff chats with Wild GM Bill Guerin about Matt Boldy’s extension, the impact of Ryan Reaves on the roster and how the team can beat you in multiple ways (00:34). Then it's time for the Random Player of the Day – Ralph Backstrom (18:59). Former NHL pro, agent and GM Brian Lawton reflects on his time playing for our Random Player of the Day before looking at the situation in Vancouver and a little tour around the league (28:20). Play-by-play voice of the Lightning Dave Randorf gives his first impression of calling a game in Seattle, how Tampa was able to snap the...


Marek & Friedman: Rutherford Fallout
01/17/2023

Jeff and Elliotte look back on Jim Rutherford’s press conference, the comments about tanking and Bo Horvat’s immediate future (5:43). To finish up, the guys look at the impending return of Evander Kane, the success of the Stars organization top to bottom and David Krejci playing in his 1,000th game (19:24).

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Jim Rutherford Speaks
01/16/2023

Jeff chats with former NHLer Mike Murphy about his memories of Gino Odjick, and looks back on his own career which spanned 50 years in the NHL. We hear from the Vancouver Canucks' front office in regards to their review surrounding Tanner Pearson’s injury, before Jeff reacts to comments made by Jim Rutherford (18:47).

 

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Marek & Friedman: A Bold(y) Extension in Minny
01/16/2023

Jeff and Elliotte reflect on the life and legacy of Gino Odjick, before focusing in on the turmoil in Vancouver (05:00). Next, the guys react to Matt Boldy's extension in Minnesota, how it impacts the rest of the roster going forward, and if the Wild might move Matt Dumba before the trade deadline (16:00). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte weigh in on Seattle’s incredible winning streak, if we might get any clarity on Mark Stone’s injury status, and the NHL's need for a most improved player award (22:00).

 

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Tough Schedule Doesn’t Break the Kraken
01/13/2023

Jeff chats with ROOT Sports' Alison Lukan about Seattle’s lengthy winning streak, Vince Dunn’s impressive run of late, and Eeli Tolvanen's scoring surge. Next up, today's "Random Player of the Day" – Harry Cameron (17:00)! Later on, Sportsnet's Kyle Bukauskas weighs in on the Kraken’s run, Boston's strength with Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm on the back line, and what both the Leafs and Bruins might be looking for ahead of the deadline (24:00). Producer Matt wraps things up with a recap of this week’s "Random Players of the Day", and sends us into the weekend with the "Week in Re...


Marek & Friedman: More Drama in Vancouver
01/13/2023

Jeff and Elliotte look back on the “controversy” surrounding the P.K. Subban-Carey Price triple-low five and how ridiculous it was (06:00). They move on to talk about the disappointment for Bobby McMann following a disallowed goal, Quinn Hughes’ comments about the handling of Tanner Pearson’s injury, and how many of Vancouver’s problems can fix themselves (09:00). Finishing up, Jeff and Elliotte check in on the Western Conference playoff race, who would Calgary start in a big win game right now, and the Coyotes getting the memo on losing games more often (22:00).

 

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Shane Wright’s New Home with Marc Savard
01/12/2023

Jeff is joined by Marc Savard to talk about the Windsor Spitfires acquiring Shane Wright, his tenure as a player with the Oshawa Generals and what he wants Wright to learn from him. Next up, it's time for the "Random Player of the Day" – Harold Snepsts (15:40). To finish up, Producer Matt talks about former soccer goalkeeper Petr Cech practicing with the Blackhawks and Patrick Kane hitting the IR (25:12).

 

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MvsW: CBA Violations, Conspiracy Theories & More
01/12/2023

Jeff and Greg start off discussing the latter’s interview with John Scott about his All-Star experience, a conspiracy theory about Scott’s trade to Montreal, and why everyone was so angry surrounding the event. The guys then reminisce about their thoughts during the voting process for Scott, how one executive wasn’t happy about discussing it, and how we’re slowly getting back to giving the game back to the fans (11:00). To wrap, Jeff and Greg chat about the idea of having players who weren't voted in still compete in the skills competition, who would play each of them in...


Marek & Friedman: Rick Tocchet Next Up in Vancouver?
01/12/2023

Jeff and Elliotte start things off discussing Rick Tocchet rumours and the Canucks’ interest in him as their potential next hire, the Montreal Canadiens honouring P.K. Subban, and the surprise that he decided to retire this off-season (06:00). They move on to discuss the idea of “retirement tours” in the NHL, the biggest difference with this year’s edition of the Boston Bruins, and why Seattle should get more respect (15:00).

 

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Were the Avs Hard Done by Against the Panthers?
01/11/2023

Jeff and Producer Matt weigh in on a questionable penalty called in the Avs-Panthers game, sort through listener replies for today's "Question of the Day", and hear Ryan McDonagh's comments from his appearance on "32 Thoughts". Later, The Athletic's Peter Baugh focuses in on Artturi Lehkonen’s penalty against Aaron Ekblad, any concern regarding Colorado’s playoff chances, and how much the team misses Gabriel Landeskog (35:32). Producer Matt wraps things up with some more entries for today's "Question of the Day" (50:00)!

 

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Marek & Friedman: Time to Worry About Markstrom?
01/11/2023

Jeff and Producer Matt kick off the segment with today’s "Random Player of the Day" – Peter McNab! Elliotte Friedman then checks in to discuss how much the game has changed, what younger fans might think of players from yesteryear, and shares a story about Al Arbour’s grandkids watching old videos of him (07:00). Next, the guys touch on the Oilers search for a defenseman, Auston Matthews’ nagging injury, and why Nashville doesn’t ever tear things down fully (14:00). To wrap, Jeff and Elliotte react to another Calgary loss, the growing concerns surrounding Jacob Markstrom, and how the Kraken continue t...


GM Day with Kevyn Adams and Ron Francis
01/10/2023

Jeff chats with Buffalo Sabres GM Kevyn Adams about the breakout season for Tage Thompson, where the club is in their development, and Rasmus Dahlin taking the next step forward. After the break, it's time for the Random Player of the Day – Gilles Bilodeau. Later on, Jeff and Producer Matt go down the rabbit hole of WHA history, names from hockey’s past and present hockey personalities, and coaches who “never played” (17:47). Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis wraps things up discussing Shane Wright’s season, how Daniel Sprong has fit into the lineup, and the early returns on Eeli Tolvanen...


Marek & Friedman: Turning Up the Heat in Edmonton?
01/10/2023

Jeff and Elliotte reflect on a conversation with Ryan McDonagh on "32 Thoughts" and discuss his shot blocking prowess and what to make of the Nashville Predators of late (06:00). Next, the pair chat about Klim Kostin’s play for the Oilers, why Monday night's win for Los Angeles looked “easy”, and Kevin Fiala’s big night for the Kings (16:00). To wrap up, Jeff and Elliotte look at the improved play by the Sabres, Seattle’s impressive season, and the impact of adding Eeli Tolvanen (23:00).

 

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What’s on Ken Holland’s Shopping List?
01/09/2023

Jeff chats with former Oiler and current Sportsnet analyst Luke Gazdic about Connor McDavid’s incredible season, Edmonton's need for a left shot defenseman and forward depth, as well as the understated rivalry between the Oilers and Kings. The maiden voyage of our "Random Player of the Day" segment features Braden Holtby (18:30). Later on, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic and "Hockey Central" weighs in on her favourite reverse retro jerseys, Jonathan Huberdeau’s tenure with the Flames, and Adam Ruzicka making the most of his opportunity (25:07). Finally, The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir reflects on Nicklas Backstrom’s return to the lineup...


Marek & Friedman: The Caps Welcome Back Old Faces
01/09/2023

Jeff and Elliotte start the week looking back on Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson's returns to Washington, the former’s Hall of Fame case, and Anthony Mantha being a healthy scratch (07:00). Next, the guys discuss Vancouver’s latest loss, Winnipeg’s potential trade deadline plans, and if Chicago could be a long-term home for Max Domi (17:00). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte wonder about Patrick Kane’s future, the Flames calling up Jakob Pelletier, and the Bruins’ California trip (22:00).

 

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How High is the Level of Concern in Colorado?
01/06/2023

Jeff looks ahead to Rick Bowness' 2600th game behind the bench with TNT's Keith Jones, before discussing if Nashville’s season should be viewed as disappointing and if there is cause for concern surrounding Colorado's playoff chances (10:00). Next up, prospect analyst Cam Robinson looks at Connor Bedard’s incredible tournament, the progress made by some of the draft eligible players, and how the top four of this year’s draft may shake out (33:00). Later on, The Athletic's Shayna Goldman weighs in on Connor Bedard’s position in his early NHL career, the 'concern metre' for the Penguins, and if the Aval...


No Lead is Safe Anymore, But Why?
01/05/2023

Jeff is joined by The Athletic's Jesse Granger to discuss the most recent surge in comebacks around the NHL, why it’s happening and how much roster construction has to do with it. Later on, Daily Faceoff analyst Mike McKenna looks at the different ways goalies train, why game sense is such a hard thing to teach and why developing goaltenders in certain areas has become more difficult (13:32). We wrap up with Sportsnet's Eric Engels, who talks about the decision to not send Juraj Slafkovsky to the World Junior tournament, the challenge ahead for Martin St. Louis, and what th...


Marek & Friedman: Pacioretty Nears His Return
01/05/2023

Jeff and Elliotte start off looking at the potential NHL interest in World Junior goaltender Thomas Milic, the imminent return of Max Pacioretty and how it could impact to the rest of the Hurricanes' lineup (06:00). Moving on, they react to the recent scoring surge by Mason McTavish, John Gibson’s season in goal, and Jakub Vrana clearing waivers (12:00). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte discuss All Star voting, the former’s advocacy for Ryan Pulock in the skills competition, and a look ahead to tonight's Toronto-Seattle matchup (23:00).

 

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Reflections on 1,000 Games with Sam Gagner
01/04/2023

Jeff is joined by Sam Gagner to talk about reaching the 1,000 game milestone, the challenges along the way and what he might want to do once his career is over (1:40). To finish, we hear from Phil Bourque in his appearance on 32 Thoughts, talking about his relationship with Jaromir Jagr and what the future holds for him with the Penguins (17:35).

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MvsW: Thompson or Eichel, Who Do You Take?
01/04/2023

Jeff and Greg reflect on their times at Fenway Park for the Winter Classic and how the players have actually embraced it (1:27). Next, they discuss different ideas for outdoor games that don’t fall under the Winter Classic or Heritage Classic brands, Steve Mayer’s impact on the outdoor games and Jim Montgomery’s coach of the year candidacy (7:47). To wrap, Jeff and Greg look at who you would rather have on your team between Tage Thompson and Jack Eichel, the Sabres as playoff contenders and Peter Laviolette’s work with the Capitals this year (22:25). 

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Marek & Friedman: Is the Bedard Dream Done For Vancouver?
01/04/2023

Jeff and Elliotte weigh in on Pheonix Copley’s impressive early tenure with the Kings, Jakub Vrana on waivers and Jimmy Vesey’s extension with the Rangers (6:14). Next, they look at the Rangers big win over the Hurricanes, Bruce Boudreau’s comments following another Canucks loss and if it’s too late for them to enter the “Connor Bedard Sweepstakes” (15:35). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte discuss the ramifications of a new Canadian law as it pertains to teams being able to lure free agents and if the Oilers search for a defenseman is already underway (25:19).

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The (Storm) Surging Hurricanes with Don Waddell
01/03/2023

Jeff opens up the show discussing the scenes in Cincinnati following Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin's injury, and reflects on the similar situations we’ve seen in the NHL. Soon after, Sportsnet's David Amber looks at the possibility of Alex Ovechkin breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record in an outdoor game with the "Great One" present, Connor Bedard giving teams a reason to tank for him, and which team could offer up the best package to trade for the first overall pick (10:00). Next up, Carolina Hurricanes President and GM Don Waddell weighs in on his team's winning streak, the improved play...


Marek & Friedman: The NHL’s Fenway Homerun
01/03/2023

Jeff and Elliotte start off the new year tinkering with the idea of any team even considering to trade up for the first overall pick in this year’s draft, Winter Classic games working better in baseball stadiums, and what next year’s edition may look like. Next, the guys look at Jake DeBrusk’s comeback player of the year candidacy, Ryan Merkley’s future in San Jose, and how many teams are taking a harder look at tanking for Connor Bedard (12:00). To finish up, Jeff and Elliotte discuss the Blues potentially moving out some pending free agents, what the Leaf...