LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers skates past Tyler Toffoli #73 of the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in a 4-0 Kings win at Staples Center on January 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 47

Midseason Shockers and All-Stars Skip Out

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The NHL has hit the midseason mark. Brad Burud and Blake Friars talk about the biggest surprises thus far. There are some very interesting ones. Can you believe the amount of goals scored? Then it is time to talk NHL All-Star Game, and players electing to skip out. With Alexander Ovechkin and Carey Price not going, what message does this send to the other players, and fans? Solutions for this problem are discussed and some ideas on what they would do with the entire All-Star process. Then they roll though a big list of topics: Pettersson injury, World Juniors, CBA, Duchene and Hamilton on the market, Edmonton’s fate, McDavid protection and the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning. Get ready for a controversial edition of THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast.


Blake Friars brings the Canadian approach to the show. The Bienfait, Saskatchewan native grew up playing hockey for 16 years. The goalie is also a long-time Roberto Luongo fan, and claims the Vancouver Canucks as his favorite team. Blake brings the millennial approach to the show. He is candid in his approach, and creates numerous laughs

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