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On Point - November 10 - 3pm
Originally aired November 10 2017
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Feb. 22: Edler too comfortable?
February 22 2018
Shane O'Brien joins Randip Janda and Dave Sheldon and gives his take on Alex Edler refusing to waive his NTC (00:56). Also on the show Sean Reynolds fills us in on the Jets biggest needs at the deadline (00:29).
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Brad May on veterans who taught him to lead, most skilled Canuck teammate
February 22 2018
The former Canuck joins Randip Janda and Dave Sheldon for #TBT to talk about his rookie year in Buffalo and being in a room among legends. "I was able to have some big brothers to show me the ropes." His 19 years in the NHL were representative of what he was taught that first season. He was thrilled to become a Canuck during 1997-98 and play alongside with Pavel Bure and Mark Messier. But his most talented Canucks teammates? Todd Bertuzzi. Also Markus Naslund.
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Shane O'Brien to Alex Edler: Consider a change, especially if it's to Tampa
February 22 2018
Shane O'Brien calls in from Austria to talk On Point with Randip Janda and Dave Sheldon about the Linz Black Wings pushing for the playoffs. On Alex Edler, he says as a friend and former teammate, "he should at least look into it and see who they're calling." Change can be good, especially if it's to the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I'd like to see him maybe go play somewhere else and get a new experience." He talks Chris Tanev, Erik Gudbranson's "win-win contract" and Jim Benning's extension.
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Feb. 21: Thatcher Demko isn't ready
February 21 2018
Utica Comets head coach Trent Cull joins Randip and Dan, he doesn't feel Demko is ready for the NHL just yet (00:28). Also on the show Sportsnet's Daren Millard chimes in ahead of the NHL trade deadline (1:39).
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Millard talks Canucks and what to expect at the trade deadline
February 21 2018
Sportsnet's Daren Millard joins Randip Janda and Dan Riccio to preview the NHL trade deadline. Jim Benning deserved a contract extension because of his ability to pick Brock Boeser late in the first round. The deal with Erik Gudbranson brings flexibility, which is another plus for Benning. Tampa Bay is exploring every option to bolster their blue-line, even Alex Edler out of Vancouver.
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Russia still in 'propaganda fog' over their own doping scandal
February 21 2018
Slava Malamud of SovSport calls in from Pyeongchang to talk about the Winter Games and the revelation an athlete from Russia -- a curler -- was using PEDs. No one in his home country will accept a systemic doping scheme had taken over. "The entire narrative circles around the frame job. No one can conceive for one second anyone in Russia could dope. It's inconceivable," he says with a chuckle, describing a "propaganda fog." the IOC has been beyond accommodating since stripping Russia of its flag, he says, and it's all because of sponsorship dollars.
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Canucks' prospect Demko not ready for NHL: 'You can't rush a goaltender'
February 21 2018
Utica head coach Trent Cull joins Dan Riccio and Randip Janda on SN650 to talk about the Comets' smoking-hot record as they chase down the Toronto Marlies. Injuries throughout the system means more opportunities for others, and the buy-in is evident. Juggling lines and player movement is exciting. Thatcher Demko has been reliable and his development consistent but the position calls for more time. He's not ready for the NHL. "If you ask me, no." He talks Jalen Chatfield and Philip Holm, plus being a first-year head coach in the AHL.
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Feb. 20: Gud deal? Bad deal?
February 20 2018
Randip and Dan discuss whether Gudbranson's extension was the right move for Vancouver. Also on the show Mark Guy, Gudbranson's agent weighs in (00:48) and IMac gives his take as well (1:38).
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MacIntyre on Canucks' approach to trade deadline
February 20 2018
Iain MacIntyre joins Randip Janda and Dan Riccio to talk about the Canucks' contract extension with Erik Gudbranson. He brings essential toughness and three years for $4 million is not too onerous and also easily moved if it comes to that, plus it's all the more sweet with the absence of a no-trade clause. He expects to see Thomas Vanek moved, but very close to the deadline.
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Gudbranson's agent on re-signing and proving himself in Vancouver
February 20 2018
Mark Guy, an agent with Newport Sports and the rep for Erik Gudbranson, joins Randip Janda and Dan Riccio to talk about the d-man's three-year extension worth $12 million. But why re-sign now? That's easy: Gudbranson wanted to stay in Vancouver. Did he not want a change of scenery? "No. Quite the opposite." Because of disappointment over his performance and injures, he "feels like he has a lot to prove." There is always a chance to get more money, but the Canuck is happy with what he sees as a fair deal.
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Adrian Dater on Avalanche's latest injuries and fading playoff chances
February 20 2018
Adrian Dater with BSN Denver joins Dan Riccio and Randip Janda to preview Colorado's visit to the Vancouver Canucks. "It's a pretty grim time right now for the Avalanche," he says, given the injury to Nate MacKinnon and their fading playoff chances. Not playing with as much urgency as before, they're now in trouble. But don't count them out, he says.
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Feb. 19: Bye bye Tanev?
February 19 2018
Randip and Dan discuss whether a Gudbranson extension spells the end of Tanev in Vancouver. Also on the show Pete Fry gets into the heads of Markstrom and Nilsson (00:28) and Brendan Batchelor weighs in on Gudbranson's value (1:37).
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Is Erik Gudbranson willing to take a discount to stay with Canucks?
February 19 2018
With Randip Janda and Dan "Mambo Italiano" Riccio, the voice of the Canucks, Brendan Batchelor, weighs in on speculation Erik Gudbranson will re-sign in Vancouver. He expects it will be some kind of discount compared to what he could leverage on the open market, but has he achieved enough to merit a continued role in Vacouver? We haven't seen all he can do because of injuries. "We've seen more of late, particularly being paired with Alex Edler."
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Goaltender coach talks confidence, mindset and Canucks' Nilsson and Markstrom
February 19 2018
Goaltender coach and consultant Pete Fry joins Dan Riccio and Randip Janda to talk about the mindset of an athlete in one of the most unique positions in sport. Constantly battling for more playing time means being selfish and doing whatever it takes to win the job. Anders Nilsson and Jacob Markstrom support each other, but can they really be close friends? Both must focus on what he can control.
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Feb. 16: Rivalry renewed?
February 16 2018
Dan Riccio and Randip Janda discuss whether the revamped Bruins are still viewed as a rival in Vancouver. Also on the show Ewan Currie of The Sheepdogs stops by before his show at the Commodore (35:00) and Joey Kenward doesnt think Guddy is going anywhere
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Despite promising picks, Canucks short on blue-line prospects
February 16 2018
Jonathan Willis with Sportsnet and The Athletic joins Randip Janda Dan Riccio (channeling Andrea Bocelli) and says he's not as wild about Jim Benning's drafting as other analysts because the Canucks' prospect pool is heavy on forwards but shallow on d-men. There are very possibly at least three blue-chip prospects in the system, but most will have to prove themselves at the pro level. The Oilers' season is an "unmitigated disaster."
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Solkowski from Pyeongchang on social media, kimchi and Olympic hockey
February 16 2018
Perry Solkowski calls in from Pyeongchang to talk with his On Point co-host Randip Janda and guest host Dan Riccio about the men's hockey tournament at the Olympic Games. "It's not McDavid and it's not Crosby, but it's good hockey." The veteran broadcaster is upping his social media game to the endless delight of the Millennials in the room.
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Feb. 15: Defence! Defence! Defence!
February 15 2018
Randip and Dan breakdown last nights Canucks game against the Panthers and give their take on Guddy's future with the team. Also on the show Jordan Schultz talks NBA ahead of the All-Star break (50:00) and Michael Traikos explains why the Canucks are setu
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Michael Traikos on promise of Canucks' blue-chips and building-blocks
February 15 2018
The national hockey writer for Postmedia joins Dan Riccio and Randip Janda to unpack the Maple Leafs' latest move to ship out Nikita Soshnikov. There are few impact, rental trades that we're used to at this time of year and no coaches have been fired yet. "It has been all quiet on the front." With Canucks, Jim Benning has work to do but maintains stability, which is a mark of a successful organization. Plus, he's drafted a few gems. "Find me another organization that has three other players who will be legit NHLers in a year."
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WWE's Karl Anderson on his wrestlemania dream match-up
February 15 2018
Raw wrestler Karl Anderson calls in to talk with Dan Riccio and Randip Janda about factions in pro wrestling, growing up on the Four Horsemen and entertaining fans around the world with the Bullet Club. The WWE's Road to WrestleMania comes through Vancouver Feb. 23. Elias and Jason Jordan are pro wrestlers to watch, plus it'd be a dream bout to take on Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock. "WWE action, there is nothing like it in the entire world."
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Feb. 14: Vancouver not in love with Benning deal
February 14 2018
Jim Benning joins Randip and Dan fresh off a new extension. Also on the show Shane O'Brien gives his thoughts on Benning (54:00) and Brendan Batchelor weighs in as well (1:36).
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O'Brien once to Burke: 'A first-round pick for me? You've got to make that trade'
February 14 2018
Shane O'Brien has a quiet Valentine's Day in store for himself in Austria but tells Randip Janda and Dan Riccio about being single on Feb. 14. "For me it was always an opportunity to go out... from a single-guy perspective." He's positive on Jim Benning and the moves he's made so far, adding that players he brought in will know where they sit. The trade deadline can invite trepidation and excitement, but players have to shake that off and focus. On Jacob Markstrom's comments, he remembers what happened in the locker room after he "popped off" to the media one day.
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Canucks' GM Benning in depth on contract extension: 'We've been busy'
February 14 2018
Canucks GM Jim Benning joins Randip Janda and Dan Riccio after announcing his contract extension with the Vancouver hockey club. He was never worried about the delay in negotiations. "For whatever reason, it just got done now. I wasn't too concerned about when it was going to get done.... When you're so busy all the time, you don't have time to worry." He does not specify the terms of his deal. "I'll just leave it at multi-year." He wants to re-sign Erik Gudbranson, won't discuss Thomas Vanek and on the Sedins, says, "We will revisit it at the end of the year."
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Feb. 13: Benning not under pressure
February 13 2018
Randip and Dan chat with Sean McIndoe who believes Benning's job is not on the line at the trade deadline (1:40). Also on the show Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers outlines his priorities ahead of the deadline (1:10).
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McIndoe on Canucks' Benning and other GMs sweating in the hot seat
February 13 2018
Sean McIndoe, he of Down Goes Brown, joins Dan Riccio and Randip Janda to talk about the GMs under the most pressure heading into the NHL trade deadline. Jim Benning isn't on as hot a seat as others since his job security is a different conversation than the pending moves. But that doesn't mean he's not sweating. He talks Maple Leafs and that all-Canadian trade-deadline game of imagining lines that almost were.
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Panthers' GM on Luongo, McCann and trading for long-term stability
February 13 2018
Dale Tallon, the inaugural draft pick for the Vancouver Canucks, returns to the city as the GM as the Florida Panthers before the two clash at Rogers Arena tomorrow night. Roberto Luongo may play, but if not, at least he's been backed up by depth in the crease. Jared McCann, just 21, is improving and the club has high hopes for him. The trade deadline will not bring a knee-jerk move. "We are committed to this core group of young players," he says. "Our future is very bright."
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David Singh on Blue Jays' depth and chances in the AL East
February 13 2018
Sportsnet's David Singh joins Randip Janda and Dan Riccio to add his praise to the honours pouring in for Jerry Howarth after the veteran broadcaster announced his retirement. He discusses Blue Jays pitchers and why they should aim high to lock down a top free agent. The outfield is very crowded with talent, and the bullpen will be a competitive place, but it's hard to see the Jays as a competitive threat in the AL East given the depth elsewhere.
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Feb 12: More ice-time for Virtanen? Not Likely
February 12 2018
Randip and Dan debate whether Jake has earned more ice-time. Also on the show Kyle Bukauskas sheds some light on the Gallagher-Subban feud (00:30) and IMac breaks down his 1on1 with Travis Green (1:41).
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Feb. 9: Boeser dealt a bad hand
February 09 2018
Dan Riccio and Randip Janda discuss the impact of losing Boeser to a hand injury. Also on the show Chip Alexander previews the Canes Canucks game (30:00) and Joey Kenward breaks down how the Canucks can cope with this rash of injuries (47:00).
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Feb. 8: Have the 49ers lost their mind?
February 08 2018
Perry and Randip discuss whether making Garoppolo the richest player in the NFL was a good investment or not. Also on the show Donnovan Bennett talks NBA trade deadline (25:00) and Darren Archibald joins the show fresh off a new contract (1:19).
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Canucks' call-up Darren Archibald: 'The hunger has always been there'
February 08 2018
The newest Canuck signed with the NHL club this week and will join Vancouver on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, his 28th birthday. He finally got the call and says he knows his assignment. "I'm going to have to be a physical presence every time I step on the ice." On the Canucks sometimes soft forecheck, he'll find success being "a hard-nosed player going into the dirty areas." He's felt doubt and some disappointment, but he's worked hard. "I've done my best to try and get back to the NHL."
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Battling for permanence, Archibald could 'light a fire" under Virtanen
February 08 2018
Sportsnet's Dan Murphy talks about the latest addition to the Vancouver Canucks and what other changes could happen before the trade deadline. Darren Archibald could have made the team out of training camp but his AHL-specific contract likely held him back. One of his best influences could be on Jake Virtanen if the two compete for minutes and even a job. He talks trade potential for Chris Tanev, Erik Gudbranson and Ben Hutton.
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How soon can the new-look Cavaliers build enough chemistry to compete?
February 08 2018
Sportsnet's Donnovan Bennett talks NBA trade deadline day and says the Cavaliers made a swarm of smaller moves that make them a more interesting team with bench depth. They got younger and are no longer the oldest team in basketball, plus they still have the best player in the world. "Their issues were interpersonal -- they were chemistry issues." But the Lakers had the best move of the day. "Over the next few years there are a lot of free agents that would look good in purple and gold." Plus now they have cap space to recruit.
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Feb. 7: Canucks consistency issues
February 07 2018
Perry and Randip debate whether or not the Canucks need to hand their young players ice time. Also on the show Cam Robinson talks top prospects (31:00), Scott Russell previews the Olympics (52:00) and Shane O'Brien reacts to the Burrows incident (1:40)
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O'Brien: A player out of the playoffs can still be NHL MVP
February 07 2018
Shane O'Brien calls in from Austria for his weekly convo with Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to talk about quiet buildings, Canadian markets and reaching the qualification round with the Linz Black Wings. It can be tough for young skaters like Jake Virtanen to find their feet with limited minutes, but vets don't like to be pushed out late in a game either. Alex Burrows should not have put his knee into Taylor Hall's head. Connor McDavid could still be the NHL MVP even if the Oilers fail to reach the post-season.
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Scott Russell talks Olympics, banned athletes and Winter Games bidding
February 07 2018
The veteran sports broadcaster joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to preview Pyeongchang 2018 and describes the IOC's decision on banned Russian athletes as "very fluid." He wants to see improvements to the bidding process for Winter Games, namely to make it more desirable to hosts. The national team is deep, thanks largely to Vancouver 2010 and investment in development and infrastructure. Stories to watch include Denny Morrison, Mark McMorris and Patrick Chan.
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Canucks' Pettersson is the best prospect not currently in the NHL
February 07 2018
Cam Robinson with Dobber Hockey joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to talk about the prospects in the Vancouver Canucks system. Jake Virtanen could be in the AHL getting more minutes, but the best course is not clear. He talks Adam Gaudette, Brady Tkachuk, Olli Juolevi and Jonathan Dahlen as well as Elias Pettersson, who is the best prospect not currently in the NHL.
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Been there, done that: Bertuzzi's offer to mentor Virtanen has potential
February 06 2018
Sportsnet's NHL analyst Daren Millard joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to consider the offer from Todd Bertuzzi to take Jake Virtanen under his considerable wing. The younger skater could use all the support and influence he can get from another who has "been through the rigours" of something similar and has the credibility of breaking through. The coaches all need to be on the same page, however. "I would want Todd working with the Canucks, in lock-step with Travis."
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Feb. 6: Butler is innocent!
February 06 2018
Perry and Randip breakdown the developing story of Butler's Super Bowl benching. Also on the show Doug Plagens previews the Panthers (29:00) and Daren Millard goes around the league at 1:39
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Plagens: Florida Panthers stumbled early but are making mid-season surge
February 06 2018
Doug Plagens, the Florida Panthers PxP commentator, calls in from Sunrise to preview their meeting with the Vancouver Canucks. The hosts are strongest when consistent and, lately, are finding ways to win and are in striking distance of the post-season. They stumbled out of the blocks but are recovering and building confidence.
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Adelson on the Super Bowl: No longer a dud championship
February 05 2018
Eric Adelson with Yahoo! Sports calls in to talk about the classic Super Bowl that has marked a return of entertaining NFL championship games. There have been a few duds, but not in recent memory and especially not yesterday's. He weighs in on Malcolm Butler as another "inexplicable personnel decisions" but Bill Belichick will stay as long as he wants to in New England.
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Feb. 5: Foles not going anywhere!
February 05 2018
Perry and Randip discuss why it would benefit the Eagles to keep Foles with Eric Adelson (53:00). Also on the show Bhupinder Hundal says if Domi is available, the Canucks should get him (36:00) and IMac responds to Don Cherry's jab at the Sedins (1:02)
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Virtanen for Domi: One first-round 'reclamation project' for another
February 05 2018
Hockey Night In Canada - Punjabi broadcaster Bhupinder Hundal joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to talk about play-by-play energy and the vibrancy of calling a hockey game in Punjabi. Everyone other than Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat are fighting for a roster spot, as the Canucks have to make decisions on several players --- and soon. In Vancouver, Max Domi could play a similar role as Alex Burrows did as a grinder. "I see him as a first-round pick who is a reclamation project." Cough, cough, Jake Virtanen. "Why don't we just swap them and see what happens."
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MacIntyre on Sedins' contribution, Boeser's chances at rookie scoring record
February 05 2018
Iain MacIntyre joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to revel in the fact the Patriots didn't win another Super Bowl. "We all owe Nick Foles an apology." On Don Cherry's point that it's time to move the Sedins, he says they will no longer be with the Canucks when there are nine forward who are better. They are not in the way of youth; they are helping the youth. Brock Boeser deserves to break Pavel Bure's rookie scoring record. It will be a "major disappointment" if he doesn't realize this potential.
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Feb 2: The NHL's got a BIG problem
February 02 2018
Perry and Randip welcome Joey Kenward to the program as they debate whether sweeping changes are due for the NHL's goalie interference rule. Also on the show Yahoo! Sports' Eric Adelson talks Super Bowl (30:00) and Brendan Batchelor talks Canucks (1:37)
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