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November 30, 2011, 10:14 AM ET

Hockey Prospectus Radio, Episode 8 (”Dirty Little Secret”)

by Timo Seppa

Matthew Coller and Timo Seppa discuss the recent coaching changes in Washington and Carolina and other league happenings, and guest Matt Wagner of The Cannon joins us to discuss the improving play of the Blue Jackets.

Click here to listen to the podcast. Here’s the ground we’re covering this week:

0:00 Intro, and the recent Washington coaching change. Did Bruce Boudreau lose the locker room? Matthew’s recollections from his illustrious athletic career, and coaches that got under his skin. Marty Schottenheimer reference. 5-1 loss to a depleted Buffalo the straw that broke the camel’s back? Is Dale Hunter the answer? Vokoun’s shortcomings. Ovechkin’s effort level. Should a team’s style match the talent, or the talent match the style?

11:35 Kirk Muller in for Paul Maurice in Carolina. Why did management think a mediocre team would improve without offseason changes? Timo likes Maurice as a potential hire for another team.

16:10 Who’s next to go?

17:35 What’s it mean when Ryan Miller says that “wouldn’t mind being traded”? This week’s Enroth or Miller trade discussion.

25:15 What’s up with all of the home shutouts for the Islanders? What’s up with the Nino Niederreiter scratches?

29:05 Crosby’s return, picking up where he left off. Is Pittsburgh the best team in the NHL now?

31:10 Is Chicago “back”? Is Minnesota for real? The Wild’s wildly improving farm system. Checking in on Mike Smith. Given the success of Smith, Elliott, and Khabibulin, do teams really need a franchise goalie? This week’s Cory Schneider check. Ken Hitchcock, miracle worker? Brian Elliott, Vezina Trophy winner.

38:30 Matt Wagner joins us to talk Columbus Blue Jackets hockey. What’s up with that cannon they fire after every goal, and things you might not have known about Ken Hitchcock. Improving play with improving health. When Mason, Sanford, and Dekanich all get healthy, who plays? Why didn’t Columbus hire Hitchcock? Is Arniel helping develop the young talent? Matt discusses tracking the Blue Jackets scoring chance differential, and whether it’s reflective of which team is getting the better of the play. Ryan Johansen. Strategic direction, and the potential importance of realignment. Hypothetical Rick Nash for Ryan Miller trade: who says no? Reflections on Monday’s Sabres-Jackets game. Matt handicaps the Blue Jackets’ chances down the stretch. Props to GM Scott Howson for answering questions from season ticket holders. Trying to explain the healthy scratching of Derick Brassard. The numbers say that Huselius should improve the power play.

1:10:50 Thanksgiving, and Matthew’s dirty little secret. With the Lehtonen injury, does Dallas have any reason to pick up a goaltender? Bachman Turner Overdrive, and a brief Skype jam reference. Fantasy hockey update: picking up David Clarkson and Matt Moulson. Carrying four goaltenders. Importance of veterans on an AHL roster.

1:24:30 Wrapping it up.

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