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The Athletic's Thomas Drance follows the Vancouver Canucks around North America for the entirety of their season, bringing you interviews, news, and stories from life on the road with the team three times a week.

The VANcast with Drancer and Farhan Lalji: A show about the Vancouver Canucks The Athletic

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    • 4.3 • 40 Ratings

The Athletic's Thomas Drance follows the Vancouver Canucks around North America for the entirety of their season, bringing you interviews, news, and stories from life on the road with the team three times a week.

    Previewing Game 5 for Flames-Oilers, looming Canucks player decisions, and thoughts on the rest of Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs

    Previewing Game 5 for Flames-Oilers, looming Canucks player decisions, and thoughts on the rest of Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs

    Farhan and Drancer discuss Thursday night's Game 5 of the Battle of the Alberta, chat about some upcoming decisions the Canucks organization needs to make for some of their players, and share their thoughts on the rest of round 2 of the NHL Playoffs.
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    • 38 min
    Bruce Boudreau is in it to win it

    Bruce Boudreau is in it to win it

    Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau joins Farhan and Thomas to discuss returning to the Canucks as bench boss, the changes to his coaching staff, analytics, specialty teams, what changes he'd like to see with the roster and he gives his thoughts on the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    VANcast Canucks off-season mailbag

    VANcast Canucks off-season mailbag

    Farhan and Drancer answer your questions in an off-season mailbag. The boys touch on a number of subjects including the Canucks cap situation, JT Miller and Brock Boeser's future in Vancouver, the prospect pipeline, what the team might be looking for to improve the blue line depth and the relationship between coach Bruce Boudreau and management.
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    • 55 min
    Discussing a Game 7-filled weekend, Bruce Boudreau set to return, and previewing Round 2

    Discussing a Game 7-filled weekend, Bruce Boudreau set to return, and previewing Round 2

    Farhan and Drancer kick off the show with a spirited discussion about the playoff action over the weekend, with five different Game 7s in two days. Then with Bruce Boudreau set to return next season, what are his biggest needs for next season? Then, the guys take a look at Round 2 of the playoffs, and more.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Future of Sports Pt. 2

    Future of Sports Pt. 2

    In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league.
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    • 20 min
    Future of Sports Pt. 1

    Future of Sports Pt. 1

    In episode one of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the fan experience may change: how going to games, watching games at home and how memorabilia is shifting from physical to digital.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Tuggzoe ,

Must listen for Canuck fans

Farhan and Drance are one of the must listen to Podcasts for Canuck fans.

GFeilder ,

Poor support for Thomas Drance

Drance has a lot of knowledge and a good reporting network to draw on . For a program like the Vancast to work a good interviewer as host is needed to keep Drance on point and cut through his arrogance. Unfortunaely the second person on this program , Farhan L is completely miscast . He has only surface level hockey knowledge to back up his constant opinions and negative judgements .Therefore insteadof creating an atmosphere for Drance it is one long hour of often repetive and irrirating argument between Basically unlistenable . The gold standard for this type of progeam is Sat Shaw , a great interviewer and lAlex Auld a good ex player and superb analyst with an easy listening radio voice and easy going sense of humour . If Drance wants this program to work he needs to find the proper host for himself , modulate and pace his radio voice and eliminate his arrogant “putdown” laugh and habitual use of “ right” to punctuate his opinions . Basically he needs a trainer . He is an excellent writer, perhaps the best , and maybe should stick to that.

dariusexplorer ,

Seems like a monologue podcast

It’s always the one guy talking. It’s always more interesting when podcast hosts have about equal air time, but recently it’s just been the one guy going on endlessly. Unsubscribing since I’m not really interested in listening to a monologue.

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