Chat with Matthew Barnaby
Barnaby played 14 seasons in the NHL for eight different teams. He netted 113 goals and 300 total points. He was also one of the league's tough guys, accumulating 2,562 penalty minutes.
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Matthew Barnaby (3:25 PM)
Looks like it could be a busy week in the NHL, where Sundin will land, roster freeze coming up, I will try to get to all your questions. This will be the last chat before the New Year.
Ryan Callahan ( Howell, NJ)
I love you Matthew. When are you Barry teaming up?
Matthew Barnaby (3:27 PM)
I hope it is purely Platonic, but I appreciate it. Our first show will be January 1st with the outdoor game in our focus. Look forward to it.
Denim Creeper (Riverdale, NY)
Why did Tie Domi own you in fights?
Matthew Barnaby (3:28 PM)
He did own me in fights. If you had to punch that face, it was easier to take the punches than hurt your hand on that huge cranium. Honestly, one of the toughest guys to ever play in the NHL.
Window Tom ( NY)
What's wrong with my Islanders? This is getting tiring!
Matthew Barnaby (3:30 PM)
I think you have a great GM, but unfotunately I think the owner gets his hand caught in the cookie jar a little too often. Everyone thinks their team is better than it actually is, but the reality of it is, this is a weak team. They have some good youth and a goalie, if he can stay healthy, is under contract for a long time and a reasonable number. They have to build through the draft, which for the next few years will be very high picks.
Jimmy A (Rockland)
Matt, what's up with Eric Cole in Edmonton? He's been terrible, probably one of the biggest disappointments this season.
Matthew Barnaby (3:31 PM)
I have not seen a lot of Edmonton games, but the ones I have seen, he has not been the Eric Cole he was in Carolina. Look for him to rebound and get back to his old self. He is too proud a guy and he is too hard a worker. His biggest asset is taking pucks wide and getting to the net. He has done neither so far.
mett...loved in you in ranger blue! do the rangers really need sundin? I would do it if we could trade gomez for some talent in return to get his 8 mill a year off the books.
Matthew Barnaby (3:33 PM)
Sundin would definitely help this team. I think you could use the size and smarts for a power play that has struggled all year. Do not get down on Gomez, he will come around. He is your best offensive player.
Sweeney (Long Beach)
who you got in the great West battle tonight Matthew? Detroit or San Jose?
Matthew Barnaby (3:34 PM)
The way San Jose has played this year you would be crazy not to pick them. I am picking Detroit because San Jose is playing a back-to-back in Joe Louis, and Detroit, I think feels, they have something to prove. There are certain games you circle on the calendar and this is one of them.
Joe Willy (Georgia)
Is Kovalchuk a Thrasher all season or are they going to move him at some point?
Matthew Barnaby (3:36 PM)
I think he will remain a Thrasher all year but he will have to be signed by next year or he will be moving on. He is just like Marion Gaborik, they want to sign him long-term but are having trouble finalizing a deal. Atlanta desperately needs to keep him because he is a franchise player.
John t. Crow (Bronx)
What pregame music would fire you up the most Matthew?
Matthew Barnaby (3:37 PM)
Any Hip-Hop and I am good with it. When I started playing it was Hard Rock, but like everything I have evolved.
Dustin (Redondo Beach CA)
Who can the Kings get to help goal-tending NOW, before they start to slip in the best division in hockey?
Matthew Barnaby (3:38 PM)
I do not think it is in the best interest for the Kings to acquire a goaltender. They are a few years away from being real good, so the plan should be to put a good hard-working team on the ice every night and hopefully get as high a draft pick as you can get for the future.
Matt C (Suede, NJ)
Matt, who would you least like to throw down with in the NHL today?
Matthew Barnaby (3:40 PM)
No question about it, Derek Bogard. Even in studio I still get scared when we highlight their games.
Aurilia C (The Mount)
Will Burke do anything drastic now that he's in charge or do you think it will be the same old mediocre Leafs?
Matthew Barnaby (3:41 PM)
Burke has put his own freeze for the holidays on, but look as soon as it is over for the Leafs to become a bigger, stronger and tougher team. He will add a heavyweight and look to add role players before he does anything.
Are you in favor of the Sens getting rid of Spezza? Dont think they'll ever succeed with him as they're stuck in neutral every year
Matthew Barnaby (3:43 PM)
If the price is right everything is available. They have had inqueries about him, but they have refused to budge. When Jason is at the top of his game there are very few who play like him. I think he will remain a Senator because of his contract and at this time the price tag in return is not good enough.
Malone (Ghost, NY)
The Sharks have to slump at some point this season, right?
Matthew Barnaby (3:44 PM)
Everyone goes through some kind of slowdown, but the really good teams find a way through leadership and coaching to keep them minimal. With the pieces San Jose has I see any slump being small and few between.
Do you believe in the Caps with a goaltending duo of B Johnson and Theodore Matthew? is that enough?
Matthew Barnaby (3:46 PM)
I am not a Jose Theodore fan but I do believe in Alex Ovechkin. With the likes of Semin, Backstrom, Green and the way Johnson has played anything is possible. They will win the Southleast division and with an addition of a D could surprise a lot of people. The East is wide open.
Gamboa (Miami, FL)
Matt, tell me there's a silver lining in Tampa.
Matthew Barnaby (3:48 PM)
I was the silver lining and I left a long time ago haha. Seriously, this is a team that lost the biggest piece of the puzzle. Dan Boyle was the biggest mistake that Tampa management made in the offseason. It is going to be a long year. Enjoy the weather cause that is all you have.
Help me straighten out this team. Who has to go and who do I go after?
Matthew Barnaby (3:51 PM)
Darcy I think the answer is giving Matthew the same contract Thomas Vanek got. Max Afinogenov has to go. He cannot play on the top two lines and he is not good enough defensively to play on the bottom two lines. Unfotunately too big a contract that nobody else wants. They could use a puck moving defensemen, but those are hard to come by.
Heather Worman (Cash, NJ)
How surprised are you with the way the Devils have played with Brodeur being injured?
Matthew Barnaby (3:53 PM)
I am very surprised. I thought they were done without Brodeur. If anyone saw Clemmenson coming in, doing what he has done, and the Devils scoring at the rate that they have you are truly a special person. Devils fans should be so excited that they are where they are. Merry Christmas.
Any beef with Sid the kid possibly eclipsing Jagr's record all star votes?
Matthew Barnaby (3:54 PM)
No, no beef at all. I played with Jagr and he was a great player. Sid the Kid is the best player in the NHL right now. He is a role model and he deserves all the accolades that come with it.
Scott Alexandria Va
Of all the NHL cities which was your least favorite to travel too?
Matthew Barnaby (3:55 PM)
I would say Raleigh. Just where we stayed was in the middle of nowhere. Trying to find dinner was tough and never had a good time there. Bristol is so much better.
your pick for wat seed the Bruins get in this year's playoffs if you had to predict now?
Matthew Barnaby (3:57 PM)
No. 1 in the East. The way they have played and the way they are coached, they are the class of the East. If anyone could catch them, I would pick Pittsburgh, as they have done well without Gonchar and Whitney in the lineup.
Vincent Ludwig (Los Angeles)
is Mike Richards the most underrated player in the NHL Matthew?
Matthew Barnaby (3:58 PM)
I think for the average fan he is underrated. But for those who watch night in and night out, we all appreciate what he brings not only to the Flyers but to the NHL. He was pegged as a leader from day one and he is just phenominal is every aspect of the game. Watch ESPNEWS at 4:50 p.m. as we will be talking about him.
Matthew Barnaby (3:59 PM)
Happy Holidays to everyone. Have safe travels, don't eat too much and we will talk in a couple of weeks.