Thompson’s Teddy Bear Toss Goal and the Mid-season Lull

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Taylor Thompson joins the show after his Teddy Bear Toss goal! We’ll ask him about his quick stint in Europe earlier this season and what it was like to re-join the Solar Bears locker room after the tough start to the season.

Eugene Helfrick from TheHockeyWriters.com jumps on the line as we continue to try and dissect the Tampa Bay Lightning and their inconsistent season thus far. Is it all part of the plan? Are they waiting to flip the switch and get hot?

Bryan has a concern. He’s feeling the mid-season lull. Is that a normal thing? Luckily, Eric was part of pro-hockey locker rooms…and he shares some surprising information about the lull in the locker room.

Figuring out the Solar Bears, and where are the Old Time Hockey Fighters?

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The Solar Bears broke a 4 game loss streak with an OT win Monday Night at Amway…but will that be enough to turn fortunes for the club? We’ll take a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses so far this season, and what the addition of Blake Kessel does for the leadership of the team.

Are we being patient enough with the Lightning? Are they saving their best efforts for the latter part of the season? If they’re not, what ARE they doing? As the Atlantic Division separates around them, the Bolts find themselves outside of a Wild Card spot and in need of points.

With the extra time, we have a discussion about Fighting in Hockey…and the personalities of the tough guy role in the modern game, vs. “the old days”. There are 3 traits we come up with that defines the traditional enforcer…and realize the new generation of “tough guys” may not have any of them.

POINT…TAKEN! 50 Best Players and MORE OSB Signings!

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Brayden Point signed. What else is there to say!? Lots, actually…and Eugene Helfrick from The Hockey Writers joins us look at the upcoming season for the Lightning! Add Brent Pedersen to the list of players returning to the Solar Bears for the upcoming season. Can you feel the excitement building for the Bears’ 19/20 campaign? Bryan can! Also, TSN published their Top 50 players in the NHL – and 2 of the top 11 players…are on a losing team! How can this be?!

It’s nearly Playoff time with the Solar Bears, Lightning and the NHL!

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(1:12) Solar Bears assistant coach and former Captain Eric Baier joins us to talk about the influx of youth that has joined the team in the last week, in Alexei Lipanov and Parker AuCoin, and what players who are playing their first Professional Hockey can bring to a team at this point of the season. We’ll set up the playoffs for the Bears, and also talk to Baier about playing as himself in a video game.

(20:08) As the Tampa Bay Lightning are under a week away from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we’ll talk about the player/players the team wouldn’t be in this position without. Also, are the injuries to Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy just a smokescreen for rest before the Cup push?

(36:52) As much as Connor McDavid is frustrated about missing the playoffs, should we, as hockey fans, be equally upset that one of the best players in the league wont be playing Playoff Hockey? John Tavares faces the music and makes you wonder if its time to leave the guy alone! Stanley Cup Playoff Matchups and Floor Nick’s quick headlines.