Puck Junk Podcast #89: April 15, 2021

2021 NHL Trade Deadline Recap

Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the biggest deals to go down during the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, including Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno, Jeff Carter and Anthony Mantha. Plus, they discuss COMC problems and The Mighty Ducks: Game Breaker series on Disney+. 

Show Notes and Links:
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Episode 1 Review (Puck Junk)
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Episode 2 Review (Puck Junk)
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Episode 3 Review (Puck Junk)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.
ESPN “National Hockey Night” Theme Song by ESPN. 

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Blake’s Takes: Enter Jack Campbell

This week’s column is much more upbeat than week’s past. I’ll highlight one of hockey’s best stories unfolding in Toronto, as well as our first big trade before the deadline.

My other takes involve two top prospects and my favorite goalie mask I’ve ever seen.

Happy Monday!

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Titillating Sports: Topps Goes Public & the $2.25M Tom Brady Rookie Card

Sal Barry was a guest on Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle to talk about the Topps Trading Card Company becoming a publicly-traded company in a $1.3 billion deal. They also discuss the Tom Brady rookie card that sold for $2.25 million at a Leland’s auction earlier this year. 

You can learn more about Rick Tittle here and listen to full episodes of his show here. Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing this audio clip.

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Blake’s Takes: COVID Hits Multiple NHL Teams

Happy Monday all! It’s a very big week because my birthday is tomorrow. If anyone wants to tell me how much they love me and my writing, Tuesday would be the perfect day. Just shoot me a DM on Twitter. I also accept gifts.

In all seriousness, while I’m very excited to be turning 26, you all want to read about hockey. This week, my takes include COVID running rampant in the NHL, some historic moments for one team, and two of my favorite videos and soundbites of the last few weeks.

Happy birthday to me!

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Puck Junk Podcast #87: March 31, 2021

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Plus the Current State of Hockey Collecting

In the latest Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers series that debuted on Disney+ last week, as well as their thoughts on The Mighty Ducks films from the 1990s. They also take a long, in-depth look at the current state of the hockey card collecting hobby — including the new breed of hockey card collectors that have sprouted up in the past six months. Plus, the Matthew Tkachuk NFT, referee Tim Peel getting fired and the new NHL Draft Lottery rules.  It’s 1 hour and 47 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links: 
Review of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Episode 1 (Puck Junk)
Review of The Mighty Ducks movie (Puck Junk)
Review of D2: The Mighty Ducks movie (Puck Junk)
Review of D3: The Mighty Ducks movie (Puck Junk)
Sal’s article about The Mighty Ducks for The Hockey News (THN)
NHL announces schedule changes for 19 games (NBC Pro Hockey Talk)
Canada lessens quarantine to 7 days for NHL players (ESPN)
Referee Tim Peel banned for hot-mic call (ESPN)
Ron Asselstine hits charging fan at Boston Gardens (YouTube)
Puck deflects off of Tim Peel and into the net (YouTube)
NHL Draft Lottery changes announced for 2021 (NHL)
‘Cardiac event’ killed Blues legend Bob Plager (NBC Pro Hockey Talk)
Topps Now NHL Sticker Archive (Topps)
Matthew Tkachuk first NHL player to release NFT (NBC Pro Hockey Talk)
1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky OPC PSA 9 for auction (Leland’s
2020-21 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 Checklist (Cardboard Connection)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.
ESPN “National Hockey Night” Theme Song by ESPN. 

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Blake’s Takes: Ref Caught on Hot Mic Gets Fired

This was a fun week to write about. We had a strange scenario where a referee was caught with a hot mic and was banned from officiating games forever. But this week was full of positives. The hockey community saw huge progress in regard to race in the sport. That was my favorite thing to write about this week.

I’ll also highlight one of my favorite goals of the season as well as one of the coolest uniform designs I’ve seen.

Happy Monday and happy spring!

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Blake’s Takes: Sabres Fires Head Coach

There were hockey storylines last week, but they weren’t positive. I’ll report on firings, injuries, and sadly, a tragic loss in the hockey community. There’s no way to sugarcoat this week’s takes. The one glimmer of light is a great highlight from this week. 

Happy Monday!

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Puck Junk Podcast #86: March 16, 2021

The ESPN-NHL Television Deal


Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 7-Year television deal between the NHL and ESPN, why this is great for hockey, and what the NHL needs to do to market itself better — or at least how it could make strides in the right direction. Plus, updates about new hockey cards by Upper Deck, President’s Choice Trading Cards and Topps. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Topps Now NHL Sticker Archive (Topps)
1999 Century Legends Ken Dryden “test pattern card” (Puck Junk)
President’s Choice Vintage Triple Franchise Memo (President’s Choice)
President’s Choice Vintage Quad Memo (President’s Choice)
Upper Deck Game Dated Moments for Week 8 (Upper Deck e-Pack)
NHL Back on ESPN with 7-Year Deal (ESPN)
How the NHL Bungled the 2017 Celebrity All-Star Game (Puck Junk)

Snoop Dogg wearing a Springfield Indians jersey in the Gin & Juice music video:

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.
ESPN “National Hockey Night” Theme Song by ESPN. 

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Blake’s Takes: The NHL Partners with ESPN for New TV Rights

This week was fun to write about. The big news was that the NHL and ESPN agreed to a new broadcast deal bringing NHL games back to ESPN. In addition to my take on the new broadcast deal, I’ll weigh in on a contract that I predicted a few years ago, as well as my all-time favorite hockey/music collaboration.

Happy Monday!

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Puck Junk Podcast #85: March 11, 2021

Is Alexis Lafreniere Living Up to the Hobby Hype? 

Is New York Rangers rookie and first-overall draft pick Alexis Lafreniere living up to his hobby hype? That is the big topic for this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss all things Alexis, plus the PSA price increases, new card releases and the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention. The guys also discuss Keith Yandle, Brent Seabrook, Darryl Sutter, Walter Gretzky and Mark Pavelich. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Keith Yandle plays 1000th game (NHL.com)
Walter Gretzky, Father of Wayne Gretzky, Passes Away (ESPN)
Mark Pavelich, Member of “Miracle on Ice”, Found Dead (ESPN)
Barry Beck Blasts Rangers, John Davidson on Facebook (Facebook)
Brent Seabrook Announces Retirement After 15 Seasons (NHL.com)
Calgary Flames Re-Hire Darryl Sutter as Coach (Yahoo)
Upper Deck e-Pack Commercial (iSpot.tv)
Topps Now NHL Sticker Archive (Topps)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Vintage PaperCuts (President’s Choice)
2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Box Set Review (Puck Junk)
41st National Sports Collectors Convention Announcement (Facebook)
2020-21 Parkhurst Hockey Info and Checklist (Beckett)
PSA Raises Prices, Suspends Crossover Service (Sports Collectors Daily)
Woman arrested for Fake Alexis Lafrenière cards (Montreal Gazette
2020-21 Alexis Lafreniere Collection Boxed Set (Cardboard Connection)
Upper Deck Alexis Lafreniere Memorabilia Collection (Upper Deck Store)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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