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The Hockey News Podcast: Are the Flames Elite Cup Contenders Now?

Do the Flames belong in the top tier after acquiring Tyler Toffoli? Who wins the women's gold-medal showdown? And more.

This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin:

- Previewing the 2022 Olympic women's gold-medal game between Canada and USA: who wins?

- Does anything need to change in the women's Olympic format to make the event more competitive?

- The Calgary Flames acquire Tyler Toffoli. Are they true Stanley Cup contenders now? Are the Montreal Canadiens beginning a scorched-earth rebuild?

- What will Martin St-Louis' impact be as Habs coach?

- What contender needs to pull a Calgary and make a major upgrade for the stretch run?

- What should we expect from Jack Eichel's debut as a Vegas Golden Knight? Is Vegas pulling a Kucherov caper with Mark Stone on LTIR?

- Listener mailbag, including: Johnny Gaudreau for Hart?

And more!



Can the Rangers Weather the Hurricanes?

The star-caliber players at the top of the Rangers lineup will need to be firing on all cylinders in this series in order to compensate for some lackluster depth in areas. And Igor Shesterkin needs to be the King he was in the regular season, too, to beat Carolina.

2022 IIHF World Championship

Men's World Championship Roundup: Quarterfinal Race Heats Up After Electric Friday

Finland, Germany, Latvia and Slovakia were all victorious on a Friday that helped set the stage for a crazy final few days of round-robin play at the World Championship.


Bluelines: The Battle of the Sunshine State

Stan Fischler looks at the Florida/Tampa Bay battle, Evgeni Malkin's future, television ratings in the United States, the Carolina Hurricanes' arena, Seattle's state of coaching, how to be a Zamboni driver and more.