Radio Appearances

During the hockey season, I am a sometimes guest on Calgary's Sportsnet960 radio as we talk about the latest goings-on with the Flames. That's where a majority of the appearances are.

However, where noted, I've also shown up on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN 1260 in Edmonton, TSN 1040 in Vancouver and Sirius-XM's NHL Network Radio. If the replay is available and this isn't always the case, I try to archive them here for anyone interested, who might have missed it.


To hear the voice behind the words, here are my latest radio appearances and/or podcasts:

Thursday, February 16 - Listen Now (duration 23:54)

  • Who is the new No. 1 top prospect in my new mid-season rankings
  • Explaining why Tyler Parsons has passed Jon Gillies
  • Debating the order of the defencemen
  • What about the Calgary kids -- Morgan Klimchuk and Hunter Shinkaruk
  • Any other less-known names to be on the look-out for

Friday, January 20 - Listen Now (duration 11:45)
  • Dissecting a lethargic effort on home ice in a 4-3 loss to Nashville.
  • Why the Flames do not meet the definition of being a good team.
  • What players should Calgary be trying to ship out at the trade deadline.
  • The deceiving standings and what it means for Calgary.
  • What's wrong with Johnny Gaudreau?
  • State of the goaltending, looking ahead to next year.

Tuesday, January 10 - Listen Now (duration 17:36)
  • Dissecting a meh effort by the Flames in Winnipeg
  • What to make of this team lately as they pile up wins versus bad teams only
  • Should the Flames be active at the trade deadline? Buyers or sellers?
  • Thoughts on the struggling Sean Monahan
  • Is it time to tweak the forward lines? How?
  • Danger awaits if Gaudreau and Monahan don't get going
  • Kulak or Wotherspoon: Is one ahead of the other?
  • 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Who will be named to represent Calgary?

Monday, January 9 - Listen Now (starts at 8:15, duration 11:15)
TSN 1290, Winnipeg
  • How have the Flames turned their season around after a poor start
  • Getting offence by committee
  • Contributions of ex-Jet Michael Frolik
  • On Matthew Tkachuk and his impactful rookie season
  • Goalie talk: What's the latest in Johnson vs. Elliott
  • Mid-season review: Is Calgary where they should be?

Tuesday, December 27 - Listen Now (duration 17:02)
  • Reflecting on Flames win over Vancouver heading into the Christmas break
  • Soft schedule coming up and realistic expectations
  • If Troy Brouwer can't play, what impact does that have
  • Brian Elliott's recent work and how to use him going forward
  • What to expect from Colorado and are they as bad they appear

Friday, December 23 - Listen Now (starts at 8:15, duration 12:00)
TSN 1040, Vancouver
  • On Glen Gulutzan's impact so far and the change from Bob Hartley
  • The improving power play, what's changed and what the secret has been
  • Assessing the goaltending usage so far and the state of the crease
  • How is Matthew Tkachuk working
  • On ex-Canucks Linden Vey and Hunter Shinkaruk and their status

Wednesday, December 21 - Listen Now (duration 16:28)
  • Thoughts on the two-game road trip
  • On Garnet Hathaway's importance (or is he important?)
  • Who should get the start in net on Friday
  • What to make of this team considering the up and down season
  • What the Flames need to do with this next e-game 'soft' stretch of the season 
  • Tyler Wotherspoon and will he ever draw into the line-up?

Tuesday, November 29 - Listen Now (duration 18:21)
  • Was the 3-2-1 road trip a good one or bad
  • Dougie Hamilton, poster child for an eye-test vs analytics debate
  • Flames usage of analytics and where does Glen Gulutzan stand
  • Mark Jankowski's debut and what in hindsight is a weak 2012 draft class

Monday, November 7 - Listen Now (starts at 17:10, duration 12:20)
  • Was the road trip actually as bad as It seems
  • How many wins was realistic going into Chi, SJ, LA, Ana
  • Overall, have the expectations been too high considering the schedule
  • How many wins, realistically, should they have right now
  • An interesting note about practices
  • Other issues to keep in mind what assessing the performance so far

Monday, October 31 - Listen Now (starts at 14:00, duration 17:55)
  • What to make of the first nine games 
  • What's ailing the Flames at home
  • Debating the D pairings and why they separated Brodie-Giordano 
  • What's wrong with the PP? Ditto the PK.
  • Stay with Chiasson or try someone else on top line?

Monday, October 17 - Listen Now (duration 10:19)
  • What to make of the miserable 0-2-1 start to the season 
  • Distinguishing a bad start from a bad weekend
  • Plenty of time to turn ship around but urgency needed
  • What have we learned so far about Glen Gulutzan
  • Silver linings
  • How I would approach Tuesday's line-up if I was the coach

Monday, September 26 - Listen Now (duration 16:05)
  • Talking all things Flames training camp so far
  • Who is on the bubble
  • Where are the battles
  • Which of the PTOs might sign 
  • Why a Russell signing would make sense
  • Gaudreau contract situation/timeline
  • Could Calgary survive no Gaudreau to start the season

Monday, August 29 - Listen Now (duration 21:19)
  • All things Johnny Gaudreau contract:
  • Why are the negotiations taking so long?
  • What can he realistically ask for?
  • Is there a possibility of a short-term deal?
  • My prediction for money and term
  • Will it get signed before the start of the World Cup

Thursday, August 17 - Listen Now (duration 30:50)
  • Thoughts on how the Olympics have gone for Canada
  • Who is the greatest Olympian -- Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt
  • Is Daniel Alfredsson a hall-of-famer
  • What's next for Patrick Roy
  • Intricacies of the Tyler Wotherspoon signing (My related story)
  • Could Kris Russell end up back in the Flames D picture
  • Gaudreau-Monahan status and is time to worry yet
  • Where does Freddie Hamilton fit in
  • Where will Jimmy Vesey land and will he live up to the hype

Monday, July 25 - Listen Now (duration 14:51)
  • Out this Wednesday, my latest Flames top 20 prospect rankings
  • History of the bi-annual (January, July) prospect rankings
  • Refresher on my criteria for what defines a "prospect"
  • Thought process in building the list, balancing impact versus ETA
  • In hindsight, nny regrettable ranking decisions in the past
  • What circumstances makes for the toughest decisions
  • Guarding against a recency bias from the latest draft

Monday, July 4 - Listen Now (duration 17:07)
  • Takeaways from a busy free agent weekend for the Flames
  • Troy Brouwer and what he brings  (My related story - Part 1)
  • Chad Johnson's quest to shed label (My related story - Part 2)
  • What are the Flames other positional needs as free agency continues
  • Players to watch at development camp (My related story)
  • Straight talk on if Mark Jankowski can make the team

Monday, June 27 - Listen Now (duration 22:43)
  • Examining the unexpected way the top five picks unfolded
  • Tkachuk and why he was the near-perfect pick (My related story)
  • Debating if second pairing D is next shopping priority for the GM
  • Contemplating the short and long-term future for Joni Ortio
  • What makes Brian Elliott an ideal fit (My related story)
  • Of Flames 13 RFAs, debating who gets qualified and who will not

Monday, June 20 - Listen Now (duration 19:08)
  • Thoughts on the Glen Gulutzan hiring and his refreshing approach
  • What makes Calder Cup-winning Jared Bednar an intriguing asst coach candidate
  • Other assistant/associate coach possibilities
  • Will the Flames pick at No. 6, or might they move up or down
  • Expansion draft rules and will Jon Gillies will be exempt or not 
  • Revisiting the Flames buyout candidates and will they or won't they

Monday, June 13 - Listen Now (duration 20:10)
  • Observations from Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup victory
  • What made Penguins successful and can it be a blueprint to follow
  • What David Rattich signing might mean for Joni Ortio? (My related story)
  • The appeal of a swap of MA Fleury for Wideman + 2nd rounder
  • Hockey season is over but activity in Calgary just getting going

Monday, June 6 - Listen Now (duration 15:15)

Monday, May 30 - Listen Now (duration 20:40)
  • Latest piece: Beyond the stats for Klimchuk, Shinkaruk, Poirier
  • Last NHL team to trade up into the top five in the draft
  • Why Kirk Muller would be a worthy head coach candidate
  • Who was the biggest Flames World Cup snub
  • Is the World Cup a legit international event or a gimmick
  • Come World Cup time, hotly debating who Flames fans will support

Tuesday, May 24 - Listen Now (duration 19:45)
  • Thoughts on the two conference finals
  • What to make of St. Louis/Pittsburgh goalie situations
  • Discussing my look at five Flames vets in risk of being bought out
  • Could Raymond re-start his career with a different coach?
  • Why trading Wideman is preferred versus a buyout
  • Risks of saddling your team with buyout penalties in future seasons

Monday, May 16 - Listen Now (duration 23:58)
  • Thoughts/numbers on game-stealing play of Elliott
  • What to expect from Vasilevskiy
  • Is Pittsburgh close to switching to Fleury
  • Pressure building on Crosby and Malkin
  • Stamkos' short and long-term future 
  • Thoughts on the Blues-Sharks match-up
  • More on my San Jose-Calgary comparison piece
  • Impact adding a new coach and No. 1 goalie can have
  • What is Treliving's biggest priority right now

Monday, May 9 - Listen Now (duration 25:20)
  • Would Marc-Andre Fleury or Frederik Andersen cost more?
  • Why three years remaining for Fleury is the ideal term
  • What other teams need goalies?
  • Are Elliott and Bishop off the market now?
  • Three categories of coaches available
  • More on Dineen, Muller and Gulutzan
  • Is a younger, fresher coach a better fit for Calgary

Tuesday, May 3 - Listen Now (duration 12:42)
(Guest spot with Rick Ralph on TSN1290 in Winnipeg, talking Bob Hartley)
  • Initial reaction to the firing of coach Bob Hartley
  • Summing up what went wrong
  • Could a new coach turn around the Flames quickly
  • What kind of coach would Calgary be looking for
  • Was more expected from Dougie Hamilton
  • What else is on Brad Treliving's summer to-do list
  • How might Calgary address its goaltending situation

Monday, May 2 - Listen Now (duration 24:25)
  • Revisiting Saturday night's draft lottery
  • What calibre of player can the Flames get at No. 6
  • More on Tkachuk, Dubois, Nylander
  • Odds of Calgary taking a defenceman
  • Risks in drafting a defenceman
  • Latest learnings about Daniel Pribyl

Tuesday, April 19 - Listen Now (duration 18:42)
(On a different day this week due to Monday's Blue Jays game in Boston)
  • About the expected Daniel Pribyl signing
  • Comparing Pribyl's situation to Nakladal last year
  • Comparing Pribyl's situation to the Cervenka experiment 
  • Thoughts on Jonas Hiller signing in Switzerland
  • Reppin' the 2015 draft, Calgary's Barrie Colts kids still rolling
  • About Rasmus Andersson and his bright future
  • On the 2016 playoffs -- Stars and Predators in particular

Monday, April 11 - Listen Now (duration 15:25)
  • Impressions of Oliver Kylington's debut
  • What we want to learn at locker clean-out day
  • What to make of team/player success in meaningless games
  • Digging deeper into the Joe Colborne conundrum
  • RFAs that may not be returning
  • What goes on at locker clean-out day

Monday, April 4 - Listen Now (duration 21:11)
  • Debriefing the Flames 5-0 win in Edmonton
  • What exactly is wrong with the Oilers
  • The sad state of the Battle of Alberta
  • What to make of Calgary's better play lately
  • Can they Flames shed any of their bad contracts
  • Any chance Calgary can lose their final three games?
  • Draft lottery, what could happen, and trying out the lottery simulator

Wednesday, March 30 - Listen Now (begins at 7:25, duration 15:55)
(Guest spot on Hockey Central at Noon with Pat Steinberg)
  • Talking about the Mark Jankowski signing
  • Will they/won't they sign John Gilmour
  • Thoughts on Brandon Hickey

Monday, March 28 - Listen Now (duration 19:06)
  • Recapping Brad Treliving's work at the trade deadline
  • Can the draft picks acquired be leveraged to acquire a goalie
  • First impressions of Jyrki Jokipakka and Garnet Hathaway
  • What to do now and in the future with RW on the top line
  • Talking all things Mark Jankowski
  • Contemplating the future and time line for John Gilmour and Brandon Hickey

Monday, March 21 - Listen Now (duration: 16:18)
  • Dissecting the Flames recent improved play and why now
  • What to make of Niklas Backstrom
  • Contemplating Calgary's goalie usage this road trip
  • The play of the new guys on the blueline
  • What are we learning about Joe Colborne
  • My new Sean Monahan piece and the impressive start to his career. 

Monday, March 14 - Listen Now (duration: 18:05)
  • Kenny Agostino's opportunity
  • Jakub Nakladal's adjustment to North America
  • Wideman's return
  • Wotherspoon's NHL body of work
  • Backlund thriving
  • What to expect from the Blues
  • Can this version of St. Louis get in done in the playoffs

Monday, March 7 - Listen Now (duration: 17:36)
  • Recapping Flames win over Pittsburgh
  • Joni Ortio and his future
  • Mikael Backlund's hot streak
  • Lance Bouma's tough season
  • What to watch for over the remainder of the season
  • Discussing potential AHL call-ups

Tuesday, March 1 - Listen Now (duration: 14:24) *Post-Trade Deadline
  • Analyzing the Kris Russell trade
  • What to expect from Jyrki Jokipakka
  • What Garnet Hathaway might bring to the line-up
  • Talking about Josh Jooris
  • Who has something to prove over the final 20 games

Monday, February 22 - Listen Now (duration: 19:07)
  • Why the struggles in Anaheim and how to rectify
  • Talking about Micheal Ferland 
  • Why won't they play Joni Ortio?
  • Discussing part 1 of my two-part series on the state of the Flames goaltending
  • Early reviews on Jakub Nakladal and where he could fit in the future
  • Prospects in the minors I'm interested to see get a chance

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