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Gooood afternoon (or whatever time of day it is where you are). Today’s edition of the Backhand Shelf Podcast was a fun one.

At the end, we spend some time with Backhand Shelf writer Ellen Etchingham, who fills us in on how she came to be a hockey fan, and more importantly, how she came to be so damn good at writing about it.

We also touch on….

* What Crosby’s return means to the Penguins – will they become favourites in the East?

* Niklas Kronwall didn’t get suspended for putting Jakub Voracek into another dimension. I’m okay with it, Pizzo isn’t.

* Brian Burke hung up on a radio host for questioning his job status. Called him “gutless.”

* Dmitry Orlov shoved a linesman (as Pizzo put it “Elaine Benes style”). That’s frowned upon.

* Wagering Wednesdays. Last week’s winner picks a pret-ty, pret-ty cool name.

* And as always….much more.

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