It’s tough to do a podcast when the only thing you want to talk about is the only thing you must absolutely not talk about. So instead of talking about where the Caps are going, we talk about how the Caps got here.
With the Capitals victorious in the Conference Final and now primed to face their former GM, defenseman, and Cody freakin’ Eakin in the Cup Final, Ian and I sat down to collect our thoughts.
Our thoughts are mostly, “howwwwwwwww did this happen?”
Today is an important day in Washington Capitals history. A loss tonight would end the season; a win would push the Eastern Conference Final to a Game Seven. There’s a lot to discuss, plus Ian had a chat with Caps alum Mike Knuble, whose appearance with the Frederick Keys last week got cancelled due to rain.
Last Thursday, I sat down with former Capital Andrew Gordon to catch up on life. Gordo just signed a three-year contract extension with SHL Linköping, and the Capitals had just dispatched the Pittsburgh Penguins. Due to something called Audio Drift, this podcast is coming to you a week late because we had to re-align the conversation by hand. 💀
Gordo and I talked about weird goalies, Alex Ovechkin’s leadership, Sidney Crosby (his friend growing up), Jakub Vrana and trust, the Caps finally getting over the hump, hockey contracts overseas, and how difficult multiple overtime games are. We also made predictions on who would make it to the Western Conference Final which is funny in hindsight.
The most interesting part of our conversation was about Tom Wilson and his most recent three-game suspension. Gordo had strong opinions because he got suspended for five games this season in the SHL due to a headshot. Gordo talked about what he learned from his experience and how Tom can avoid the same issues in the future.
While our webserver was melting down in the wake of the Caps’ win over the Penguins on Monday, Ian and I got together to reminisce about Game Six, the Caps-Pens series, previous Caps-Pens series, the Caps’ history of playoff heartache, the really the entire crushing weight of all DC sports playoff heartache.
But really, this is a podcast about Nathan Walker.
That’s what people think we think, at least. Really, the DOPS video was pretty eye-opening. Before the suspension came down, Ian and I got together to discuss the Caps-Pens series, Tom Wilson’s killing spree, and proper summer fashions for adult bros. All that and my unending torment at the hands of Leafs fans for one bad tweet.
That sounds pretty dire, but it’s actually a fun podcast. Check it.
Welcome to the playoffs! The big game is just scant hours away, so to get you properly oriented and in your upright position, here’s a chat with the great Katie Brown, who has spent time covering the Caps and Penguins and is now doing a stint with our friendly foes, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
There’s some big stories in Caps land right now, so Ian and I sat down on a sunny Sunday to unpack ’em all: goalie drama, Brian MacLellan’s extension, and the possibility of the Caps moving beyond Barry Trotz. Buckle in.
Ian and I started recording without a plan, so we naturally ended up talking about all the usual stuff: bitcoin, Overwatch League, vowel sounds, a bunch of goblins standing on each other’s shoulders in a trench coat. Also, baby Oland makes a cameo, and lots of discussion about supplemental discipline, goalie interference, and what the Caps need to change before the deadline.
Sunday afternoon’s game threw our publishing schedule all out of whack, so instead of a written snapshot with lots of charts and bullets, here’s an hour of discussion from Peter and Pat. We go through TJ Oshie‘s worrying play of late, Trotz’s relationship with Burakovsky and Vrana, the revolutionary specialness of Alex Ovechkin, and the best way to cook various meats.
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