We’re finally here: the podcast has arrived, and the first episode is below for your listening pleasure.

Just a reminder that our show will post every Monday and Thursday throughout the hockey season, and usually around 2:30 p.m. EST in the future (for more on the show, click here).

The podcast will be available on iTunes, but being that this is the first episode, there’ll be a minor delay in posting over there - we still have to get approved, which involves them listening to the show and going “yeah, they’re probably not going to be just yelling the F word for 40 minutes, we can put this up.” I think we can clear that hurdle.

Enjoy! Today’s topics include:

*Anze Kopitar, Phil Kessel, John Tavares, Rick Nash, the Sedins, Matt Cooke and more (…even Al Montoya!)

*Overachieving teams

*The worst teams in the League

*Brendan Shannahammer

*Chicks, man (Yes that’s a “The Soup” reference, MY WIFE MAKES ME WATCH IT.)

*Much, much more.

So here it is! Enjoy.

(Oh, and yes – I will be in studio in a few weeks. Skype until then.)

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Update: iTunes approved it – here’s the link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backhand-shelf-podcast/id474273543

You can also download it here: http://podcastmedia.thescore.com/Backhand_Shelf_-_October_20_2011.mp3