May 18, 2023

Conference FINALS Preview & Picks + Arizona Coyotes Turmoil

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Dregs was up bright and early putting in work for a top-shelf Father’s Day present, while Ray is getting set to cover the Western Conference Final for ESPN. The guys combine forces for another instalment of the pod!

In Headlines, the guys get you set for the FINAL FOUR in the NHL! A battle between ‘familiar foes’ takes place as the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers have a number of weird hockey connections, including that Panthers Head Coach Paul Maurice has coached the entire Canes coaching staff! Defence is a focal point as Ray stresses the importance for Brandon Montour to be a factor, and the towering Canes blue line which includes ageless vet Brett Burns.

In the Western Conference Final, Season 4 podcast guest Pete DeBoer is facing his former Vegas Golden Knights squad. DeBoer left no doubt that he has extra motivation for his Dallas Stars to beat the team that fired him. Another former Golden Knight, Evgeni Dadonov, is also discussed, and the guys marvel at ‘minute-muncher’ Miro Heiskanen; Ray compares the Finnish defender to a smooth-skating Hockey Hall of Famer. 

Another blow to the Arizona Coyotes has the guys discussing the state of the franchise, possible destinations for re-location, and current Coyotes ownership. Ray draws a comparison to the MLB’s struggling Oakland A’s, and their move to Las Vegas. 

GM situations in Edmonton and Toronto round-out Headlines as the guys discuss the emotion displayed by Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, and Ken Holland’s ‘green banana’ comments. 

While Kris Abbott is away, the guys still play! Ray & Dregs make their picks for the 2023 Stanley Cup Final. Ray emphasizes the impact the top-4 should have for the Canes, and agrees with oddsmakers on a lengthy battle on both sides of the bracket. 

This week, in Ask R&D, the guys answer listener questions on if the NHL should adopt the IIHF shootout rules, the worst Stanley Cup playoff injuries players endured, a challenging New York golf course, and how the Leafs should handle Matt Murray’s contract.

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