Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger break down a busy and intriguing first day of NHL free agency. Nashville seems to win the day by adding Stamkos, Marchessault & Skjei. Oilers adds surprise many despite the lack of an "official" GM. Leafs focus on bolstering their D. Canucks say hello and good-bye to a number of high profile UFAs. Plus, checking in on Seattle, Tampa Bay, Boston, Ottawa and Winnipeg. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/02/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger look back at a tightly contested game 7 that saw the Panthers defeat the Oilers by a score of 2-1 to claim the championship. Thoughts on an exciting finale and an exuberant celebration. Plus: Could Skinner have saved Reinhart's GWG? How did the Panthers manage to shut down McDavid after his historic games 4 & 5? What's next for the Oilers' front office? Also, a look at the newly announced Hall of Fame inductees for 2024. See omnystudio.com/listener for...
Published 06/26/24
Published 06/26/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger break down an eventful few days league-wide. Jacob Markstrom finally dealt to the New Jersey Devils. How should Flames fans feel about the return? Pierre Luc Dubois off to Washington, should Rob Blake be praised for righting a wrong or is the totality of the situation still a minus? Connor McDavid truly goes to another level to drag the Cats back to Alberta for game 6. Will he win the Conn Smythe trophy irregardless of the series outcome? Lots more on the final:...
Published 06/20/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger break down game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Is Florida simply to much for the Oilers to handle in this matchup? 6 minutes of mistake-filled hockey seemed to sink the Oilers on Thursday night. Goalie Bob has been outstanding and pushed himself to the top of the Conn Smythe conversation... something that is not new to the Oilers in the Finals historically. Panthers PK has shut down the vaunted Edmonton PP. Does Kris Knoblauch have one last trick up his sleeve in...
Published 06/14/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger preview game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Nurse and Ceci struggled in game 1, is a change on the horizon? Sergei Bobrovsky was magnificent in game 1, is there a blueprint to score (more) goals on him? Florida's big guns were quiet in game one, the fellas expect they will be better. More on the finals and a discussion about changes to the LTIR system! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/10/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger tee up an intriguing Championship Series. How will the break affect the players? Will Florida's experience last year be an advantage? Zach Hyman's magical season continues. Has Stu Skinner silenced his critics? Florida's physicality could be a problem for Edmonton and a breakdown of a very interesting coaching matchup. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/04/24
Jason Strudwick joins Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger to discuss the Western Conference Final. Darnell Nurse has a great game. Knoblauch takes a big risk and it pays off, as the Oilers tie the series 2-2. In the East, Florida wins a game 4 to tie that series, but Igor Shesterkin is keeping the Rangers alive. Tkachuk's mouthguard goes for a ride. What will happen with Hurricanes Martin Nečas? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/30/24
Ray Ferraro & Darren Dreger with a deep dive on the 2 conference final series. Roope Hintz's return helps propel Jason Robertson to a hat-trick and the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 series lead. Oilers played a brilliant first 20 minutes but then the tide turned. Jacob Trouba fined $5000 for his hit on Evan Rodrigues... it could have been worse for both parties. When will Artemi Panarin make his presence known in this series? Dan Bylsma expected to be named the next head coach of the Seattle...
Published 05/28/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger break down McDavid's wild game in Dallas, the Oilers remarkable PK, Rangers OT win. Sheldon Keefe is off to New Jersey, Scott Arniel promoted to Head Coach in Winnipeg. Don Waddell resigns as Hurricanes GM.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/25/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger put a button on the Canucks impressive season after a game 7 loss to Edmonton on Monday. 4 Oilers top the playoff scoring list, but will depth be a deciding factor against Dallas? Rangers/Panthers is difficult to handicap... two teams that play very differently, but with similar results. Craig Berube's expectations for his players in Toronto will be crystal clear. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/22/24
Oilers knock off Vancouver in game 6 to force a deciding game on Monday. Potential to be one for the ages. Dallas welcoming the extra time to get healthy. East Conference Final has the makings of a barn-burner with the 2 division winners facing off. Rod Brind'Amour fianlly gets his extension to stay on as the Head Coach in Carolina. Craig Berube named the Leafs next bench boss. Is a coaching announcement in New Jersey forthcoming? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/19/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger look at the Canucks taking a 2-1 series lead over the Oilers. Canucks winning the goalie battle, who starts game 4 for the Oilers? Stars looking strong, does Colorado have enough depth to defeat them? Bruins lose a tough interference challenge. Hurricanes stave off elimination... for now. A couple of thoughts on officiating and coaching vacancies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/13/24
Ray and Dregs dive into Sheldon Keefe's dismissal as Maple Leafs head coach. Discussion about the numerous possible successors including Craig Berube. Bruins-Panthers got a little wild in the 3rd. Were messages being sent or was it just an overflow of passion? Canucks storm back from down 4-1 to take game 1 over Edmonton... huge momentum swings in this one. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/09/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger break down all of the news of the past week in this playoff edition of the Ray and Dregs Hockey Podcast. Coaching carousel appears to be in full effect already. Travis Green named coach of the Ottawa Senators. Leafs need to make a decision on Sheldon Keefe. Would Craig Berube be a target for the Leafs or the Devils? Rick Bowness announces his retirement. Fallout from Leafs elimination and previewing Oilers/Canucks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...
Published 05/07/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger with all of your playoff headlines! Leafs have been the better team in games 5 & 6, Joe Woll might be in the Bruins' heads, Matthews seems unlikely for game 7. Canucks need wuality goaltending to continue to avoid a game 7, but the Preds are playing how coach Brunette wants them to. Dallas' young stars have been a perfect compliment to their veterans and the seem to have Vegas worn down. Jets media availability was surprisingly positive... but what is Rock...
Published 05/03/24
Knies and Woll help the Leafs send things back to TO for a game 6. Avs looked like a true wagon in ousting the Jets in 5 games. What does the immediate future look like in Winnipeg? Preds force a long flight back to Nashville. Canucks and Preds has been incredibly tight. Canes eliminate the Isles with the help of Kuznetzov's slomo penalty shot. Julien BriseBois acknowledges he's like to extend Stamkos and Hedman this offseason. Oilers looking to end things in game 6 against LA. Do the Kings...
Published 05/01/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger examine each and every first round series to this point. Tampa on the brink with zero goals from Kucherov and losing the battle between the pipes. Freddy Andersson has been fabulous as the Islanders are on the ropes. No huge surprise that the Caps are struggling missing 1/3 of their starting D-men. Lots of intrigue in TO surrounding Nylander, Marner and the Bruins' goalie rotation. Tall order for the Jets as the Avs have the league's best home record. Demko out...
Published 04/26/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger on all the early round 1 playoff fun! Jets and Avs combine for 13 goals in their opener, Avs have to be concerned about their goaltending. Fans loving Dakota Joshua and the Canucks victorious return to the post-season. Battle of Florida was tight, but Vasilevskiy couldn't quite steal game 1. Matt Rempe makes an impact in the Rangers game 1 victory. Does William Nylander play game 2 for the Leafs, are Matthews and Marner reunited and which Bruins goalie will they...
Published 04/22/24
Jeff O'Neill joins Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger to break down every first round series. Some highlights: How big of an edge is goaltending for the Bruins? Upset brewing in the battle of Florida? Which version of Evander Kane shows up for game 83? Can Elias Pettersson get back on track offensively? Will the Jets perfect April continue? Who can match Dallas' eight, 20-goal scorers? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/19/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger break down the week's headlines as the playoffs approach. One playoff berth remains unclaimed in the East... Caps are in the driver's seat but 4 teams still technically have shot at it. Rangers win the President's Trophy and don't seem to have nay holes in their game. McDavid gets 100 assists, Kucherov could do it also, Matthews only needs 1 for 70... lots of milestones to watch for in the final days of the season. Mark Stone returns from LTIR to begin the...
Published 04/16/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger discuss the news that relocation for the Arizona Coyotes could happen as early as next season, as well as looking at playoff clinching scenarios in both conferences. Then, TV, movie, podcast and voiceover star Will Arnett joins the fellas to discuss his Maple Leaf fandom and optimism... as well as his career journey and success across a variety of mediums. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/11/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger look at headlines around the NHL. Eastern Conference playoff race seems likely to go to game 82 as the Penguins still have games left against Detroit and the Islanders. West teams seem to be locked up aside from seeding and there are no easy outs in round 1. Oilers Evander Kane and Corey Perry were seen squabbling on the bench. Is it just part of being teammates or something more? Landon Dupont granted exceptional status, Pospisil hit on Morrissey and Kozari on...
Published 04/09/24
Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger examine the 5-way race for the final 2 playoff spots in the East. Will it go right to game 82 to be decided? Sidney Crosby leading the resurgent Penguins to the cusp of the post-season.  Kucherov and Marchand reaching milestones. Breaking down some of the mayhem that happened between the Rangers and Devils. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/05/24
Dregs is away, so Ryan Rishaug assumes the hosting duties today. He and Ray talk about Auston Matthews' pursuit of 70 goals and McDavid's quest for 100 assists. Which is actually more rare? Which is more impressive? Sidney Crosby joins elite company as only the 2nd player in history to have 19 point-per-game seasons. Torts is at it again, ripping his team's play after a lop-sided 2nd period against the Islanders. Ask Ray and Dregs Anything looks at the origins of this very podcast! See...
Published 04/02/24