Episode 11 guest Minnesota Wild Alternate Captain Zach Parise talks Minny’s turnaround and building his backyard rink. The guys also go Between the Benches with Hockey Hall of Famer, and NHL Seattle scout Cammi Granato. Cammi talks scouting and what gets Ray annoyed around the house.
Darren and Ray get into a number of hot topics: the incredible resilience of the Penguins, while missing a number of their top players; Bobrovsky, and the Panthers goaltending situation; the Leafs, and Habs’ play of late; and the guys chat on Nathan MacKinnon and his statement of taking less in his next deal to help keep his young Avs team together, and they wrap up talking whether the Avs are the likeliest landing spot for Taylor Hall. Alternate Captain of the Minnesota Wild, Zach Parise joined the guys and talked about how the season has progressed, how he has battled his way back from injuries, where the ‘Mr. September’ shirts came from, putting a rink in his backyard, and memories of his dad. In this week’s edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates Patrick Reed for his blatant cheating as a golf professional, while Darren puts forward the Guelph Storm OHL fans that booed London Knights player Ryan Merkley during a ceremonial face-off. In ‘Between the Benches’ Hall Of Famer, Olympian, and the scout for Seattle’s NHL team Cammi Granato joins the guys with thoughts on her new scouting role, and what Ray does that annoys her. ‘Ask Ray & Dregs’ sees questions on teams having success doing a ‘one stacked line’ concept and why don’t the Leafs try it, the Isles need for an elite scorer, and what can be done to bring down the costs of minor hockey to encourage more new player sign-up. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.