Tape To Tape

Senior Writer Ryan Dixon and NHL Editor Rory Boylen always give it 110%, but never rely on clichés when it comes to podcasting. Instead, they use a mix of facts, fun and a varied group of hockey voices to cover Canada’s most beloved game.

Recent Episodes
The Blackhawks Are Rebuilding And In PR Mode
Oct 21, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
The Blackhawks Are Rebuilding And In PR Mode

With the initial flurry of off-season trades and signings in the books, Ryan and Rory sift through the new NHL landscape. It’s hard to argue any one team put itself in pole position to be the 2021 Cup favourite. Rory is unconvinced Calgary’s big splash in the goalie market will make a huge difference and it’s fair to wonder what the net gain is for Vegas when the team acquires Alex Pietrangelo but losses Nate Schmidt and alienates half its roster. Meanwhile, how much better can the Edmonton Oilers really be with the tandem of Mike Smith an Mikko Koskinen coming back?

In keeping with the latest NHL rebuilding trend, the Chicago Blackhawks have posted a letter to their fans indicating the club could be in for some tough times as it prepares to take a step back for the purpose of leaping forward — but how will they acquire the assets necessary to do so if they’re not trading any stars? Finally, the boys examine moves Tampa Bay and Vegas can make to get out of salary cap hell.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Oct 2, 2020
2020 NHL Draft Preview

Roughly four months after it was originally slated to happen in Montreal, the 2020 NHL Draft is finally upon us.

Ryan and Rory welcome prospect guru Sam Cosentino to comb over all the intrigue. While everyone expects the Rangers to select Alexis Lafreniere first, there are a number of wild-card prospects who could introduce a serious jolt of uncertainty into the proceedings. Also, with Ottawa holding both the third and fifth picks, what could the Sens — not to mention other clubs with multiple first-rounders — do to make things interesting?

Also, with free agency following so closely after the draft, Ryan and Rory zero in on the most fascinating teams to watch. Rory is locked in on what the Leafs could do in an attempt to land blue-line help, while Ryan wonders what the next move for cresting Colorado is.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 29, 2020
Tampa Wins A Title We’ll Remember Forever

Two months of bubble hockey left us with some unprecedented memories and one of the most deserving Cup champions we’ve seen in some time. Ryan and Rory unpack everything from Tampa’s six-game win over a decimated Dallas Stars crew, including why Rory believes the wrong guy skated off with the Conn Smythe Trophy. Now that they’ve gotten over the hump, can the Bolts do some salary-cap maneuvering and win more titles? And what’s next for a Dallas team that has some great young talent, but a lot of money tied up in a top line that didn’t produce?

As the final pieces of confetti float down, it’s officially time to consider what big off-season moves a flat salary cap could bring. Patrik Laine’s name has shot to the top of the list in terms of intriguing trade candidates, meaning one of the best young snipers in the game might be on the move as the NHL Draft and free agency hit next week.

Tape to Tape is powered by RAM, back-to-back winner of MotorTrend’s truck of the year.

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 24, 2020
Can Dallas’s Stars Get Their Team Back Into The Stanley Cup Final?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are two wins from the Stanley Cup. Can they close the deal?

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox — who picked the Stars to win the Cup 12 months ago — joins Ryan and Rory to break down what he’s seen in a series Tampa leads 2-1. The Stars desperately need to rediscover their stingy defensive ways and, on offence, if the big boys don’t find the net soon, it will be too late. Also, what a sight it was to see Steven Stamkos streaking down the wing and firing a shot past Anton Khudobin. Is there any hope we’ll see Stamkos again or was his Game 3 appearance a one-off cameo?

There’s also no shortage of big news to tackle around the league. It’s quite possible captain Alex Pietrangelo could leave the St. Louis Blues as a UFA one year after leading the franchise to its first championship. And with the Cup final almost wrapped, how do the boys see next season rolling out?

Tape to Tape is powered by RAM, back-to-back winner of MotorTrend’s truck of the year.

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.

Audio Credits: YouTube.com/NHL

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 18, 2020
Previewing The First September Stanley Cup Showdown

All the isolation and ice packs have led to this: The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars are about to meet in the Stanley Cup Final. Ryan and Rory have all the angles covered.

Dallas has found a new gear thanks to the contributions of players from both ends of the age spectrum. While youngsters Denis Guraniov and Miro Heiskanen have proven their worth, vets like Jamie Benn and Joe Pavelski have shown how much they still have to contribute. Can Dallas’s stingy defensive posture hold up against Tampa and will goalie Anton Khudobin be up to the job when cracks appear?

As for Tampa Bay, a Bolts team that seems like it should already have captured one title is playing in the Final for the first time since 2015. Adding heft at the trade deadline has definitely helped the Lightning, but this club is fueled by high-end performers. Can clubhouse Conn Smythe leader Victor Hedman and the boys finally finish the job?

Tape to Tape is powered by RAM, back-to-back winner of MotorTrend’s truck of the year.

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.

Audio Credits: YouTube.com/NHL

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.