A Montreal Canadiens podcast hosted by Mike Bruce & John Wilson brings you outspoken thoughts and opinions with interviews surrounding the Habs and their fans. New Episodes weekly!
From Failing Hands Episode 159: Vincent Trocheck
2:04:43Lock your doors, turn the flood lights on and set your alarms because the boys are back and looking for trouble. Just kidding - the guys covered the fantastic new hire for the Habs as friend of the podcast Chantal Machabee was named VP, Communications. They talked about why they think she’s a great choice and the uphill battle that awaits her. We welcomed NHL All-Star and Cane's sniper Vincent Trocheck [1:36:00] for a chat about his career, music, family his hometown of Pittsburgh. The guys also touched on the recent decision not to send NHL players to the Olympics and had some fun offering up their favorite binge watching shows in 2022. Spoiler: it’s not the Sopranos.
From Failing Hands Episode 158: ”Bush” League
1:42:20In one of the quickest turnarounds in FFH history, the boys got together again to add to their discussion about the Gorton hire especially given his recent press conference. It was a special episode in that they recorded immediately after the OT loss to the Predators and they were able to comment on the loss with fresh sets of eyes. They talked about what they liked, didn’t like and what to make of this lame duck season. They added to their discussion about Gorton, the coaching staff and what they would ideally like the new VP to do going forward. Is it a full rebuild? A hybrid approach? Tune in to find out!
From Failing Hands Episode 157: Welcome to the Gorton Era
1:16:39This was probably the most chaotic week in Montreal sports in the last decade as Marc Bergevin, Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson all lost their jobs. The guys had their say on all of it, including what they thought of the hiring of Jeff Gorton, whether they believed in Molson’s two-man approach and who they thought would make a good candidate for the vacant GM job. They also discussed Bergevin’s legacy and whether he left us in a better position than when he started.
From Failing Hands Episode 156: Is It Time For Management To Play The Game?
1:41:46Coming off of a big 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators, the guys sat down to discuss what a win like that means to them given the inconsistency of this season so far. Marc Bergevin sat down for a series of interviews and mentioned a few things that included subjects that didn't sit well with Mike, John and Mo. They also talked about the Montreal market seeming to be against any sort of dramatic changes, including a "re-build" of any sort. Or, would they be for big changes at every level at this point? The guys discussed in a jam packed episode.
From Failing Hands Episode 155: Time to Act
1:54:16The boys let their feelings be heard once again this week on everything going on with the 3-9 Habs and tried desperately to shift gears and talk about other problems besides what they believe is coaching. Cole Caufield has been assigned to Laval, Carey Price is on his way back, the Canadiens can't seem to find anything to get them going in any of the three zones on the ice and Mike, John and Mo found themselves questioning what exactly it's going to take to turn this all around. And, while things aren't exactly great in Habsland, some fun was had as they sent out a reminder to their loyal listeners that they appreciate them tuning in given the state of this team.
From Failing Hands Episode 154: What‘s Next?
1:30:27The guys let off some steam in this episode as they broke down the terrible start to the season. They each explained how the poor start as well as all the drama in the sport lately was affecting them and then tried to make sense of it all. They touched on Bergevin, the coaching staff and debated whether this version of the Habs was still fit for purpose. They each outlined what a successful season would look like at this point and ended on a positive note by talking about their collective passion; food. It’s fright night in Habs land.
From Failing Hands Epsiode 153: Zuke! (There It Is)
1:17:56It’s time to drop the puck and the guys teed up the new season by talking about the breaking news of the day, Nick Suzuki’s blockbuster deal. They discussed whether Ryan Poehling starting with the big club was the right move and whether the Habs prospect pool has thinned out. They also touched on Carey Price’s situation and why it is so important and meaningful. Last but not least, they gave their thoughts on why Bergevin still hasn’t signed a new deal. It’s a packed episode to start the new season; don’t miss it!
From Failing Hands Episode 152: AJ Galante
54:01In this very special episode, Mike goes one-on-one with AJ Galante. AJ is proud native of Danbury, CT where he owns and operates Champs Boxing Club and resides with his family. Both AJ and his family recently introduced themselves to the world on the Netflix special “Untold: Crime and Penalties” that tells the story of a high school senior (AJ) becoming the President and General Manager of the UHL’s Danbury Trashers, one of hockey’s most notorious teams to ever hit the ice. We get a little behind the scenes of the Netflix doc, get to know the man behind it all, who Jimmy Galante is as a father and Mike puts AJ’s WWE, hockey and pizza knowledge to the test in one of the most fun rapid fire rounds we’ve ever had!
From Failing Hands Episode151: The Many Saints of Brossard
1:34:53This week, the boys spent time discussing Ryan Poehling and the centre position for the 2021-22 season along with what they think are major positives and if anything is missing from the potential opening night line-up. They also took the time discuss Robin Lehner's social media statements and what it means to them. And of course, Mike, John and Mo had to provide their own breakdowns of 'The Many Saints of Newark' movie that hit the big screen this weekend.
From Failing Hands Episode 150: Nate Thompson
1:57:27The boys are back with a massive 150th episode. The potentially hectic year ahead for Nick Suzuki, the amount of band-aids next to names on the training camp roster, Jack Eichel being stripped of the 'C', Jonathan Drouin opening up about his recent struggles off the ice and of course, our main event this week has us welcoming back the king of the 44's, the Alaskan Assassin, Nate Thompson for a fun "rapid fire" style chat to dig deep and find out the important things: the best advice he's ever received from a peer in hockey, what part of his game he's always trying to improve, what's different about the fresh batches of salmon he catches in Alaska and his RIDICULOUS McDonald's order.