HI/O Show: Will Markov still be a Hab after trade deadline?

Steve Yzerman has announced that he won’t return as the executive director of Team Canada for the next Olympics if the National Hockey League decides to send its players to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018.

So, who should take his place?

That’s one of the topics of discussion on this week’s HI/O Show as former Canadien Chris Nilan and Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs join sports editor/host Stu Cowan.

Nilan and Stubbs pick different men for the Team Canada job and explain their reasons why. There’s also a discussion about the job coach Mike Babcock did with Team Canada in Sochi and Nilan talks about the main reason he believes NHL players might not go to Pyeongchang.

Other topics of discussion include whether the Canadiens should trade defenceman Andrei Markov, the team’s decision to call up Jarred Tinordi from the Hamilton Bulldogs instead of Nathan Beaulieu, next week’s road trip to the West Coast, and whether Habs fans should be worried about the Toronto Maple Leafs stealing a playoff spot from them.

(Photo by Sterling Agres/HIO Show)


  1. Marc10 says:

    More questions for the HIO panel:

    1) Post deadline… Happy with Bergie’s moves/non moves? Do the Habs make the playoffs? Do they win a round?
    2) On paper, who is the cup favourite?
    3) What trade deadline deal did you like best?
    4) The Buffalo Sabres… Is this the most spectacular one year tank job since Pittsburgh losg on purpose to land Super Mario?

  2. Cal says:

    Fun show as usual, gents. Don’t let the HIO show get lost with all the new threads.
    Keep it at or near the top of the Home Page.
    And let us know how to get those mugs!! Aaaargh!

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …what’s the motivation for the NHL to allow it’s players to participate in South Korea in 4 years ?

    …a growth in fanbase and possible NHL expansion in South Korea, Japan and China ?

    …very unlikely …Sochi was watched throughout Asia for those so interested

    …Canada’s dominance in Sochi was a declarative statement to the Europeans, and could not do better in improving the Euros’ respect for the NHL in any future cooperation and/or negotiations with the IIHF

    …it has reached a point, business-wise, where the NHL has the hammer with the IOC and the IIHF …significant organizational and FINANCIAL concessions will have be given-up by the IOC and IIHF before the NHL will feel it worthwhile to release it’s players in future to Olympic competition

    …an international Super Hockey Cup Tournament is the only alternative that makes business sense to Me, and will appease NHL players that want an elite competitive tournament for the best of the best

    PostScript: …another great show Stu, Chris & Dave !

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