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THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast – Episode 234 – Save the Season: Oilers need a Goalie

Brad Burud/Blake Friars November 21, 2023

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Save the Season: Oilers need a Goalie

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Brad and Blake discuss various topics in the National Hockey League, including the Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks game, the goaltender situation in Edmonton, and their top five goalies of all time. They also touch on recent arrests in the league, potential changes to three-on-three overtime, and the possibility of an in-season tournament.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Calgary Flames’ physicality and engagement on the forecheck slowed down the effectiveness of the Vancouver Canucks’ defenseman Quinn Hughes.
  • The Vancouver Canucks’ schedule has been brutal, with multiple back-to-back games and extensive travel.
  • The goaltending situation in Edmonton is a major concern, and the team may need to make a significant trade to address the issue.
  • Dominic Hasik is widely regarded as one of the best goalies of all time, with his ability to win games even with subpar teams.
  • The NHL should not implement a shot clock in three-on-three overtime, as it would detract from the excitement and strategy of the game.


  • “The Canucks run a back-to-back and playing their fourth game in seven days.” – Blake Friars
  • “The gap is closed. Should we pull up the NHL standings right now? Quinn Hughes leads everybody in points with 28.” – Blake Friars
  • “The fact that Luongo played on as many bad teams as he did in Florida and in his later days in Vancouver when they were going through a rebuild and he still put up a 920 save percentage and racked up the wins, come on.” – Blake Friars



Save the Season: Oilers need a Goalie

Good evening, hockey fans! Welcome to The Debate Hockey Podcast. I’m your host, Brad Burud, and I’m here to bring you the latest news and insights from the National Hockey League. In this thought leadership article, we will delve into the most significant topics discussed in our recent podcast episode. So, let’s get started!

Introduction: Flames vs. Canucks and the Physicality Factor

In our latest episode, my co-host Blake Friars and I kicked off the discussion by analyzing the Flames vs. Canucks game from last weekend. While the Canucks had a rough showing, we both agreed that the Flames’ physicality played a significant role in their victory. Blake pointed out that Calgary’s increased physicality and engagement on the forecheck slowed down the effectiveness of the Canucks’ star defenseman, Quinn Hughes. However, we also acknowledged that the Canucks’ challenging schedule, with multiple back-to-back games and extensive travel, may have contributed to their lackluster performance.

The Goaltending Woes of the Edmonton Oilers

Next, we delved into the ongoing goaltending issues faced by the Edmonton Oilers. We highlighted the poor performance of their goaltenders, with Calvin Picard and Stuart Skinner struggling to make an impact. We agreed that the Oilers need to make a significant move to address their goaltending situation if they want to have a chance at making the playoffs. We discussed potential trade candidates, including John Gibson, Jusse Sauros, and Linus Ullmark, and debated the possibility of trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to acquire an elite goalie.

The Top Five Goalies of All Time

In a lively debate, we shared our lists of the top five goalies of all time. We both agreed that Dominik Hasek deserved the top spot, given his incredible performances and ability to carry teams to victory. I also included Ken Dryden, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, and Ed Belfour in my list, while Blake included Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Eddie Belfour, and Roberto Luongo. We acknowledged that our lists were subjective and influenced by our personal experiences watching the game.

Arrests and Controversies in the NHL

Shifting gears, we discussed the recent arrests of Milan Lucic and the player who hit Adam Johnson with his skate. We condemned Lucic’s alleged domestic violence incident and expressed our hope that justice would be served. We also debated the severity of the incident involving the player and his skate, with Blake expressing his concerns about the player’s actions. We agreed that such incidents have no place in the game and should be dealt with accordingly.

The Future of the NHL: In-Season Tournaments and Rule Changes

Lastly, we touched on the potential implementation of an in-season tournament in the NHL. While some leagues, like the NBA, have successfully incorporated such tournaments, we expressed our skepticism about its viability in the NHL. We discussed the proposal for a shot clock and debated its potential impact on the game. We also questioned whether the NHL Players’ Association would have a say in such rule changes.

Conclusion: The Road Ahead for the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL

In conclusion, we reflected on the challenges faced by the Edmonton Oilers and the need for them to make significant changes to their goaltending situation. We emphasized the importance of winning for players like Connor McDavid, whose legacies are tied to their success in their respective teams. We also highlighted the ongoing controversies and arrests in the NHL and the need for the league to address these issues promptly. Finally, we pondered the future of the NHL, considering potential rule changes and the possibility of in-season tournaments.

As the season progresses, we look forward to providing you with more in-depth analysis and thought-provoking discussions on The Debate Hockey Podcast. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we will take a snapshot of the NHL at American Thanksgiving and evaluate the changes that may occur in the coming months. Until then, enjoy the exciting hockey action and let’s continue to debate the game we all love!

Thank you for reading this comprehensive analysis of the latest episode of The Debate Hockey Podcast. Stay tuned for more thought leadership articles from our team. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and visit our website for updates and exclusive content. Let’s keep the debate alive!

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Brad Burud/Blake Friars

Brad Burud brings the rock-solid old-school approach to the show. The Minot, North Dakota native grew up playing hockey, and spends his summers on the links. The diehard hockey fan watches tons of hockey and is full of comments and opinions. The Calgary Flames are his favorite team, and he is often accused of having a Western Conference bias. He is also the host of Flames Unfiltered. Brad brings the conservative, old school approach to the show. He is opinionated and hates losing a debate. 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. Rumors and a few photos have him in Oilers jerseys and cheering for the Habs. He denies it but tends to jump on bandwagons quickly. Blake brings the millennial approach to the show. He is candid in his approach and creates numerous laughs and bad predictions.

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