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‘National Hockey Now’ Debut Podcast Discusses Trade Rumors, Draft News And Free Agency



National Hockey Now’s new podcast is up and running … and there is plenty to talk about.

Host Jimmy Murphy and producer Blake Thorne bring on Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek and National Hockey Now President Dan Kingerski to discuss all that’s news in the NHL, including trade rumors, draft scenarios and free agency.

The rundown:

4:50 — Jimmy and Jeff discuss the NHL trade buzz generated from ESPN NHL analyst John Buccigross’ tweet, saying, “I hear something insane is going on with the Boston Bruins before July 1st.”

5:30 — Jimmy and Jeff touch on the gold mine of goalies on the NHL trade market and the Bruins’ goalie situation.

9:00 — Jimmy and Jeff talk about the current state of the Calgary Flames and why they are enduring tough times. Will there be a mass exodus of players on the NHL trade market?

11:30 — Jeff addresses the Winnipeg Jets’ turmoil, with so many core players seemingly on their way out.

17:00-20:23 — In talking about the draft, Jeff predicts that Matthew Wood, a UConn product who resembles former Huskies hockey star Tage Thompson, will slide deeper into the Top 10.

22:20 — Jimmy and Blake speak on the dreaded “News Dump” by NHL teams, specifically the Bruins’ news dumps. Jimmy gives insight into a few career moments when the “News Dump” hit him in some unique and comical situations.

26:40 — Jimmy and Blake welcome National Hockey Now President Dan Kingerski to the show to talk NHL trade rumblings and the future of NHN.

28:00 — Dan speaks on potential moves and the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

30:00 — Dan gives his opinion on the goalie market and addresses the current situation surrounding Boston’s Linus Ullmark.

37:00 — Jimmy and Dan speak on turning the page on veteran players.

38:00 — Dan speaks on the rapid growth of NHN and the markets where our Hockey Now writers are prospering.

Jimmy and Blake plan to put out multiple episodes next week — so stay up to date with them on Twitter at @NatHockeyNow, @MurphysLaw74, and @_BlakeThorne to see when Episode 2 drops.


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Around The National Hockey Network:

Boston Hockey Now: Check out Episode 1 of the National Hockey Now’s new podcast, with plenty of Bruins talk.

Buffalo Hockey Now: Could Bruins trade former Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark?

Calgary Hockey Now: Flames fill out coaching staff amid player turmoil.

Chicago Hockey Now: Options for Blackhawks to move up in draft.

Detroit Hockey Now: Henrik Zetterberg gets the call from another Hall of Fame.

Florida Hockey Now: A year ago, the Panthers made a good move by hiring coach Paul Maurice.

Los Angeles Hockey Now: Could Kings make a Tyler Toffoli return work?

Montreal Hockey Now: Looking at consensus rankings for Canadiens’ No. 5 overall pick.

Nashville Hockey Now: Deadline fast approaching for Predators’ restricted free agents.

New Jersey Hockey Now: Forward Eric Haula signs three-year deal with Devils.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Some Penguins are facing uncertain futures.

San Jose Hockey Now: Patrick Marleau will be Sharks’ player development coach and hockey operations advisor.

Vegas Hockey Now: Captains elsewhere, Jack Eichel, Alex Pietrangelo fueled Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup run.

Washington Hockey Now: Capitals, Wizards ownership talk to Virginia officials about relocation: report.

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