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AIH 20416 Ep. 25: Trade Deadline Extravaganza!

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It was a busy Trade Deadline special for the AIH 20416 Podcast, interviewing folks representing the Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks. Come for the Andrew Ladd talk, stay for the Vancouver despair!

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Hello everyone! Recorded the evening of February 29th, we present to you our Trade Deadline special! For a time there, it looked as though Episode 25 might feature more guests than trades!

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In the prologue prior to commencing our trade deadline tour, your favourite co-hosts touched upon the loss of Adam Pardy, before praising (yes, praising!) the return for Andrew Ladd. We also discussed hope for the future, which of the day's trades stood out and whether or not we'd like to change our Episode 19 picks for Conference and Stanley Cup finalists.

To start the interview ball rolling, we were again joined by Adam Hess of Second City Hockey and the Ice Cold Podcast. As one might expect, there was more Andrew Ladd talk, while also discussing the high price which was Marko Dano. Rounding out the conversation was excitement over the new Teuvo Teravainen linemate possibilities, debating if Christian Ehrhoff is enough d-corps reinforcement and whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks are now the team to beat.

It was a stint of back-to-back repeat guests, as Brett Finger of Cardiac Cane joined us next. The Eric Staal trade came first and foremost, leading into discussions over the tremendous haul he garnered, Carolina's captaincy and the possibility of bringing him back home in the summer. Brett sold us on the very real excitement which is Carolina's future, while lamenting the loss of John-Michael Liles and expressing a desire to see the Hurricanes flip some of their draft pick abundance for players.

And so began a stretch of new voices, beginning with Nick Mercadante of Blueshirt BanterHockey Graphs and Puck Intelligence. He gave us a New York Rangers perspective on the Eric Staal trade, describing him as an exceptional player but a true rental. Other topics included whether the Rangers are genuine Stanley Cup contenders, living and dying by rush opportunities, Alain Vigneault's personnel deployment and the pain and anguish caused by New York's d-corps **cough Dan Girardi Marc Staal cough**.

Our relentless desire to interview the entire hockey world continued, next featuring Todd Little of Litter Box Cats. Given the Florida Panthers' position in the standings and subsequent flurry of trade activity, excitement is high in the Sunshine State. After expressing shock and displeasure over the Brandon Pirri trade, the conversation turned to happier topics such as paying fair trade prices, the greater importance of a deep playoff run over draft picks, how helpful Jaromir Jagr has been on and off the ice and looking to bring both Jagr and Brian Campbell back next season.

Last but certainly not least, we were joined by JD Burke of Canucks Army. In contrast to our previous interviews, this required conversation over what didn't happen, namely the Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis trades or lack thereof. Our guest overcame his complete despair in order to discuss the need for damage control, whether Vancouver is pigeon-holed into re-signing Dan Hamhuis, the Jim Benning honeymoon being over in a big way, missing Mike Gillis and whether head coach Willie Desjardins will pay the price for management's mistakes.

In our brief epilogue, Alan allowed me to fret over the eight year, $6.875 million AAV Brent Seabrook contract extension which hasn't even kicked in yet, before pointing at the Vancouver Canucks in order to feel better about our Winnipeg Jets. It was a fantastic episode, and sincere thanks go out to each and every guest (except for maybe Brett, xoxo). Go forth and give it a listen!

1. Take a gander online here.

2. Visit our page on CyberEars.

3. Download the .mp3 file directly (right-click link, Save As..., etc etc).

4. Listen, subscribe and rate us on iTunes.

Tune in, let us know how we did in the Comments section below, and remember to send your questions, concerns, thoughts and haterade our way by tweeting @AIH20416 or e-mailing aih20416@gmail.com. Remember to follow Alan at @sliiiiip and myself at @PhilipAIver. Thanks for reading, and thanks for listening!