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A hockey podcast about the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs on the FanSided Network featuring satirical sketches, sobering rants, compelling banter, and memorable interviews.

HabsFan vs. LeafsFan Podcast FanSided

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A hockey podcast about the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs on the FanSided Network featuring satirical sketches, sobering rants, compelling banter, and memorable interviews.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 27.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 27.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 27.

    HvL is Kamal Rehman (HabsFan) and Ari Shapiro (LeafsFan)

    Marc Bergevin & Geoff Molson at the Loo. (0:00)

    As our continued fascination with executive lavatories continues, HvL is proud to bring you the latest invasion of privacy involving a ruthlessly candid conversation between the general manager and owner of the Montreal Canadiens. You'll be enthralled, transfixed, and quite possibly horrified by their savage exchange and unpredictable release of random bodily functions.

    HvL SportsDesk (5:20)

    Rehman & Shapiro prepare for the post-season in style with their hot takes on everything from the value of tanking, to the wisdom of putting faith in anyone over the age of 30, why Tyler Bozak and Paul Stastny are so over-rated it'll make your head spin, and why Patrick Marleau is a huge fan of video games involving islands of players battling it out over random weaponry and helmets.

    HabsFan Rant (10:49)

    Kamal saves one of his best rants for the end of the regular season by illustrating the value of free agent acquisitions in the larger context of what this season has meant to fans of the Habs. By the time he's finished his manic eloquence, you'll find yourself reaching for a new general manager.

    LeafsFan Rant (14:59)

    Ari riffs on the power of Toronto's youth movement and how everything seems like roses and unicorns until you realize that a first round exit against the Boston Bruins will be considered a colossal failure in the context of poetic redemption and failure to contain the greatest weasel known in the galaxy.

    • 17 min
    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 26.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 26.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 26.

    HvL is Kamal Rehman (HabsFan) and Ari Shapiro (LeafsFan)

    Kyle Dubas & Lou Lamoriello at the Loo. (0:00)

    In what has been called the greatest exchange of ideas and thoughts since Garth Snow bumped into Charles Wang and convinced him to lead an NHL franchise without any experience whatsoever, HvL is proud to bring you a catastrophic invasion of privacy in the form of an audio conversation between the minds that have shaped and influenced the future of the franchise; a candid, no holds-barred conversation inside the MLSE executive restrooms.

    HvL SportsDesk (4:12)

    Rehman & Shapiro cover everything under the sun in this week's edition of the HvL SportsDesk, including a closer look at why tanking is essential for the Habs, why Kasperi Kapanen will leave you breathless and wanting more, and why Evgeni Malkin is the most under-rated player in any professional sport ever.

    HvL Banter (8:39)

    Our banter segment returns with a furious vengeance that find Kamal and Ari bickering on a number of hockey issues while finding themselves at polar opposites when it comes to the future of their respective teams. One man is clearly thrilled; the other waits for a shoe to drop.

    LeafsFan Rant (17:39)

    Shapiro delves into the prospect of facing the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of this year's playoffs and literally goes insane thinking of the possibilities. You haven't heard this much bluster since the last time he ranted about anything good in this world.

    HabsFan Rant (19:05)

    In what is clearly his magnum opus on tanking, Rehman delivers a stunningly worthwhile diatribe on why Carey Price may cost his team a shot at Rasmus Dahlin. If you ever had a legitimate reason to fast-forward this episode, here it is! 

    • 21 min
    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 25.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 25.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 25.

    HvL is Kamal Rehman (HabsFan) and Ari Shapiro (LeafsFan)

    Opening Sketch: Marc Bergevin's Wonderful World of Medicine (0:00)

    Fans of the Montreal Canadiens might wince as they embrace our exclusive, behind-the-scenes audio footage of Marc Bergevin conversing with his team physician while deciding how the remaining stretch of the season will unfold, while taking into account their litany of highly dubious injuries and secret burning desire to draft the number one overall pick as innocuously as possible.

    HvL SportsDesk (2:51)

    Rehman & Shapiro cover the latest scuttlebutt pertaining to their respective teams including: Shea Weber and Andrew Shaw's injury status, JvR's impending free agency status, Geoff Molson's soon-to-be search for a new general manager, the hockey quagmire that is Alberta, Scherbak's goal, and the powerfully noxious odour of really bad goaltending interference calls.

    A Quiet Moment of Sober Second Thought with HabsFan (7:21)

    In a new segment that we created for the masses, Kamal makes a compelling argument as to why the NHL's plans for expansion need to be carefully considered before re-defining the difficulty level behind making the playoffs and risking turning the entire process of competition into a bloody mockery.

    Exclusive interview with sports broadcaster and journalist Sam Mendelsohn (@Mendy_Island) (12:28)

    Sam Mendelsohn, hockey savant and former reporter with the Oshawa Generals join us to discuss his thoughts on the post-deadline play of the Toronto Maple Leafs while giving us a closer examination of the psychology behind finding yourself so firmly entrenched in a playoff spot that the next month might feel like you're trapped in a groundhog day existence.  

    • 18 min
    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 24.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 24.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 24.

    HvL is Kamal Rehman (HabsFan) and Ari Shapiro (LeafsFan)

    Opening Sketch: The World According to Mike Babcock (0:00)

    We're thrilled to bring you an extended sketch filled with outrageous amounts of Toronto references and some surreal cameos including Elon Musk, Josh Donaldson, and Bill Gates. Our budget for 2018 has clearly been the difference with our guest list and this opener will (hopefully) leave you howling with glee and (definitely) researching the power of vehicular space travel. This is also an unusually long sketch with thinly-veiled double entendres and hidden meanings so take your time and listen with a sandwich.

    HvL SportsDesk (3:48)

    Rehman & Shapiro have ruthlessly kidnapped this week's predictable banter slot and replaced it with some kind of strange and incredibly unpredictable SNL-style sportsdesk news update armed with equal parts sardonic humour, genuine serendipity, and a taste of delicious irony. We're not sure if it works but we're certain the internet will let us know like it always does.

    Exclusive interview with Omar White (@OLW93) of A Winning Habit (@FSAWinningHabit) (12:28).

    We're tickled pink to be joined by celebrated writer, blogger, social media bon vivant and former Royal Rumble winner, Omar White - site expert of our Montreal Canadiens affiliate. Mr. White isn't just a beacon of NHL knowledge and hockey insight, but rumour has it that he once defeated James Tanner, Mike Stephens, and Baltimore Dave in the squared circle just to prove he's the greatest wrestler on FanSided and in Southern Ontario. There's no stopping this kind of infamy!

    • 25 min
    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 23.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 23.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 23.

    Kamal Rehman (HabsFan) and Ari Shapiro (LeafsFan).

    The Colin Campbell Method (0:00)

    We're thrilled to bring you an unauthorized look at a recent meeting between the former and present Directors of Player Safety: Colin Campbell and George Parros - complete with three audio examples of delusional thinking, recurring hypocrisy, and good old boy fraternity. It's basically a twisted French version of modern NHL democracy at work.

    HvL Banter (2:42)

    Kamal and Ari reflect on the inconsistency of executing basic hockey rules and why the league is suffering enormously by treating their fans with the same elitism used in present day automobile manufacturing, streetcar innovations, and anything remotely associated with overpriced internet and/or cell phone service.

    LeafsFan Rant (16:22)

    Shapiro argues that Marner and Nylander have failed to live up to expectations rather miserably when they should clearly be leading the Atlantic on the strength of Leo Komarov's checks from behind.

    HabsFan Rant (18:20)

    Rehman explores the recurring nightmare of mathematical realities when it comes to the Habs and insists on the merits of tanking. He also insists on the merits behind higher drafting positions and treating fans with basic decency.

    Exclusive interviews with Mike Stephens (@mikeystephens81) & Josh Tessler (@JTesslerSports) (20:50).

    We're pleased to bring you one of the site experts and writers at Editor-in-Leaf, one of our FanSided affiliates that helps Toronto fans understand the politics, economics, and history behind their beloved Maple Leafs. You haven't heard soothsaying like this since we had Omar White and Andrew Berkshire fight to the death in our gladiatorial arena.

    • 40 min
    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 22.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 22.

    HabsFan vs. LeafsFan - Season 2, Episode 22.

    Kamal Rehman (HabsFan) and Ari Shapiro (LeafsFan).

    Roman Polak: The Unwanted One (0:00)

    Netflix, Amazon, and Spotify in conjunction with Hulu and Bombardier proudly present the international trailer for the latest film from HvL Studios - Roman Polak: The Unwanted One. This completely unsanctioned and highly anticipated film was financed by Travis Dermott's father, Jaromir Jagr, and the original unwanted one...Larry Murphy.

    HvL Banter (2:18)

    Kamal and Ari exchange aggressive perspectives on Roman Polak, Carey Price and Marc Bergevin while lamenting the shortcomings of their respective teams and realizing that baseball is just around the corner. One of them is also a Time Lord.

    LeafsFan Rant (13:35)

    Shapiro tries to reconcile the madness of Mike Babcock with the genius of Mike Babcock and comes across as a third-rate Canadian Ontario politician who wants to have his cake and eat it.

    HabsFan Rant (15:01)

    Rehman gets all existential and wants the Habs to stop winning.  He's not endorsing tanking, but if you listen to this podcast at a certain angle while standing on your toes, you'll get hypnotized faster than at a Brian Burke press conference.

    Exclusive interviews with James Tanner (@James_Tanner123) from Editor-in-Leaf, Omar White (@OLW93) from A Winning Habit, and "Baltimore" Dave Stevenson (@Baltimoredavey) from Puck Prose:

    We're joined by all three (3) of our affiliates, which some would argue is a recipe for disaster and is known for encouraging Greco-Roman orgies. James, Omar, and Dave offer their brilliant insights and witty repartee on all things Canadiens, Maple Leafs, NHL, and Quantum Physics.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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perfect podcast for a canadian hockey enthusiast

as a leafs fan living in quebec, love the duality of both the leafs and habs. i have to life with habs fans so this gives me a chance to give them some barbs and still be insightful

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