Episode 7.33

Desperate Leaftimes

Ahead this week on the program, the LA Kings are two wins from a date in the Stanley Cup Finals and are showing no signs of slowing down. How surprised should we be that this 8th seed is just mowing down the competition? We’ll touch on that in the Redline Report. Later we’ll tell you why the heat that the BS column (blocked shots column) on the score sheet is taking is just that, BS.

The NHL has served customary notice to the Players Association required to make changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Could this lead to a work stoppage? We’ll give our thoughts to wrap the Redline Report. Back Checking is next with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email as well as another Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole wraps the show with a look at Alex Semin’s future in Washington and whether the Leafs should look at acquiring him if indeed he moves on. All that and more coming up on Episode 7.33 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.32

Infringing On The Palate

Ahead this week on the program, the Montreal Canadiens new General Manager Marc Beregevin came calling on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the services of Rick Dudley but the Leafs are none too pleased about it. We’ll tell you why to kick start the Redline Report. Do you know who Leo Komarov is? You might become pretty familiar with him as soon as next year. We’ll tell you who he is in the Report Report.

The Toronto Marlies are a win away from the Western Conference Final in the American Hockey League. But do you care? Are you on the Marlies band wagon? We’ll get to that to wrap the Redline Report. Back Checking comes your way next where we’ll look at the downfall of the Nashville Predators and how this could be a franchise defining off season in music city.

A Troubling Fact of the Week wraps the segment before rigamarole wraps the show, this week looking at why just squeaking into the playoffs in 8th spot doesn’t leave you in as tough a position as it used to. All that and more coming up on Episode 7.32 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.31

The Problem With Monkeys

Ahead this week on the program, well into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and it’s as wide open as ever. We’ll go through some Mid Playoff Musings out of the gate in the Redline Report, who’s the odds on Cup favourite, and who would you give the Conn Smythe to if the playoffs ended today? A couple of Nashville Predators are misbehaving, we’ll tell you how they were punished and what it means for the Preds.

Raffi Torres and the NHLPA have appealed his 25 game suspension for his hit on Marian Hossa. We’ll tell you how this could set a precedent for the NHL depending on how the appeal is ruled upon to wrap the Redline Report. Back Checking brings an announcement about the Toronto Maple Leafs, Listener Contributions and a Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole this week looks at why the NHL should never even consider altering the current playoff overtime format.

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Episode 7.30

Goodbye Studio Three

Ahead this week on the program, the NHL came down hard on Raffi Torres for his hit on Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. We’ll tell you why 25 games was too much of a suspension for that hit. As well, this is shaping up to be one of the busiest off seasons of big name player movement in recent memory. We’ll tell you who could be on the move and if the Leafs should get in on the action.

Back Checking comes your way next with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email. Wrapping the segment is the Gong Banger as we ring in another Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole this week wraps the show with a look at who holds the edge in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Is there anything more awkward than running into somebody at a grocery store for the second time in the same visit? This is Episode 7.30 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.29

All Sorts Of Chaos

Ahead this week on the program, absolute chaos bordering on anarchy so far in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nine suspensions already and likely more to come. Has the violence turned you off or are you loving it? We’ll give our thoughts on that, the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa, the Penguins / Flyers and Kings and Canucks coming up in the Redline Report.

Back Checking comes your way next with Listener Contributions from Twitter and emails from Alan and Aaron. After that, it’s a Troubling Fact of the Week, this week featuring what we think was the most sickening act of the playoffs so far.

Rigamarole wraps the program with a look at Canada’s National netminding crisis. Tweety Bird from the Looney Toons, is it a guy or a girl? Seriously, still haven’t been able to figure that one out. This is Episode 7.29 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.28

I Guess I Am Afraid Of Bear

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally brought an end to another disappointing playoff-less season. We’ll look back on the last couple games against Tampa Bay and Montreal, look back on the season as a whole and tell you where the Leafs will draft in June.

Larry Tanenbaum wrote an open letter to Leaf fans apologizing for the season. Did his letter soften your anger toward the disappointing season? We’ll touch on that as well as some reaction from Randy Carlyle and Brian Burke’s season ending press conferences. Back Checking comes your later with Listener Contributions and a Troubling Fact of the Week.

Wrapping the program is rigamarole, this week telling you what to expect in the first round of the playoffs. If Ilya Bryzgalov is afraid of bear in forest, he should be glad he isn’t facing the Boston Bruins. This is Episode 7.28 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.27

Screwing Up The Screwing Up

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs are just about out of their misery – just two games to go before closing the book on just a dreadful season. Three games in the past week, a loss to Philadelphia, a win against Buffalo and an overtime loss to Buffalo; we’ll take you through those games in the Redline Report.

Would you be happy with a James Reimer / Ben Scrivens combo in net next year? We’ll answer that question as well as why this off season might be as good a time as ever to trade Phil Kessel. Later in Back Checking, we get a variety of Listener Contributions onto the program from Twitter and Email and wrap with a Troubling Fact of the Week. In addition, we get into a discussion about the importance of repairing the image of the Maple Leafs to players around the NHL.

Rigamarole wraps the show with a look at one of the best rivalries the NHL has seen in recent memory.

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Episode 7.26

I Think We'd Rather Forget

Ahead this week on the program, close the door, turn out the lights, no they won’t be home tonight. For the seventh straight season, Air Canada Centre will be free of playoff hockey. We’ll take you through the three games from the past week against the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes to kick start the Redline Report. Later, Tie Domi is disgusted. We’ll tell you why and let you know about the Leafs newest signing.

Back Checking comes your way next with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email. We’ll lend some context to just how far the Buffalo Sabres have come in a short period of time and wrap things with a Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole wraps the show this week as we give a tip of the hat to the…Ottawa Senators. This is Episode 7.26 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.25

Your Weekly Schedule of Torture or: If Anybody Knows Me They Know I Don't Like Socks

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued to slide their way down the Eastern Conference standings and it wasn’t pretty. Tank job? Probably not, but it was ugly. So how do you see it? This is what you want right? The draft pick! So if that’s what you want are you still angry with how poorly they played? Can’t have it both ways. We’ll debate that to kick start the Redline Report.

Do you hop on another team’s bandwagon once your team is out? Two very different schools of thought on this. We’ll give you our thoughts in the Redline Report as well as a look into the latest chapter of the Canucks and Blackhawks rivalry. Back Checking comes your way with Listener Contributions from Twitter and Email and wraps with a Troubling Fact of the Week.

Would you trade Phil Kessel straight up for Scott Hartnell? Think about that. We’ll tell you coming up in rigamarole. This is Episode 7.25 of AFITC.

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Episode 7.24

Ladies and gentlemen, start your excuses

Ahead this week on the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs season went from worse to horrid to…what’s after horrid. Three more games, three more loss and the Leafs are now well within range of the draft lottery. We’ll take you through those games in the Redline Report. Later, was this year a step on the road to further development or just a complete write off with no progress whatsoever? We’ll answer that as well as introduce you to Muskoka Five, Version II.

In Back Checking, we get to your Listener Contributions via Twitter and Emails from Trevor and Matt. The Nashville Predators are poised to add a top calibre player to the roster after the trade deadline. We’ll tell you about that before welcoming the Gong Banger back for another Troubling Fact of the Week.

Rigamarole wraps the program with a look at which team is emerging as the leading contender for the Stanley Cup.

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