Kittelberger, Kustron, Rubeo, and Schwartz are back with a vengeance for the second season of the Hockey Players Club podcast. Not only polluting the internet with their own hockey opinions but this time including a candid interview with Hal Gill.
A veteran of 16 NHL seasons and over 1,100 games, Gill currently works as the color commentator of the Nashville Predators radio broadcast team in addition to being one hell of a “bag chucker,” which he breaks down in the interview. Plus, he talks about his transition from college to pro hockey, matching up against Jagr, dropping the mitts with Chara, and partying at Lemieux’s house after winning the Stanley Cup. All before being hit with a rapid-fire round of this-or-that before the final question we’re all dying to know:
If you were currently playing in the NHL and had one night off in one NHL city with any two past teammates of your career, what city and which teammates would you choose?
The Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, and Boston Bruins are the only undefeated NHL teams through Tuesday, October 8th.
Not be outdone by Anthony Mantha’s 4-goal effort against the Stars Saturday night, James Neal scored 4 goals in an Oilers victory Tuesday… but a little too late to be named to the NHL’s 3 stars of the week:
- Mika Zibanejad: 2 games played, 4 goals, 4 assists
- Anthony Mantha: 2 games played, 5 goals, 2 assists
- Auston Matthews: 3 games played, 5 goals, 0 assists
With RFA contracts the big talk of the NHL offseason, the HPC podcast crew breakdown their favorite and least favorite RFA deals…
Long term extensions:
Mitch Marner contract extension: 6 years, $65.358 million, $10.892M AAV
Mikko Rantanen contract extension: 6 years, $55.5 million, $9.25M AAV
Kyle Connor contract extension: 7 years, $50 million, $7.14M AAV
Jacob Trouba contract extension: 7 years, $56 million, $8M AAV
Travis Konecny contract extension: 6 years, $33 million, $5.5M AAV
Ivan Provorov contract extension: 6 years, $40.5 million, $6.75M AAV
Thomas Chabot contract extension: 8 years, $64 million, $8M AAV
Clayton Keller contract extension: 8 years, $57.2 million, $7.15M AAV
Andrei Vasilevskiy contract extension: 8 years, $76 million, $9.5M AAV
Timo Meier contract extension: 4 years, $24 million, $6M AAV
Matthew Tkachuk contract extension: 3 years, $21 million, $7M AAV
Brayden Point contract extension: 3 years, $20.25 million, $6.75M AAV
Patrik Laine contract extension: 2 years, $13.5 million, $6.75M AAV
Zach Werenski contract extension: 3 years, $15 million, $5M AAV
Brock Boeser contract extension: 3 years, $17.625 million, $5.875M AAV
Charlie McAvoy contract extension: 3 years, $14.7 million, $4.9M AAV
And every first episode of a new NHL season requires the boys to predict this year’s Calder, Richard, Art Ross, Vezina, Norris, Hart, and President’s Trophy winners, before boldly predicting the Cup Finalists.
Of course, the boys make 3 selections for their Weekly Picks.
Don’t forget to play as weekly winners take home a $20 HPC gift card (Congrats Matt Morris for beating Josh Rubin in the tie-breaker last week!) and monthly winners win a top-of-the-line HPC X1X hockey stick.
Plus, everyone that registers one point in the month of October is entered to win a free autographed Jack Eichel jersey, compliments of the home of the best memorabilia on the planet, AJ Sports World.
And since no episode would be complete without some trivia, the boys played a round of “Win Kyle’s Money” after the Hall Gill interview.