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Ahhh, it’s podcast season again. Good to be back.

Things are going to be a little bit different with the podcast this year – there’s some good news and some bad (depending on your undying adoration of the old show). Here’s what you need to know:

The Good

We’re going to be having far more guests. There will be a show every Tuesday from now until next summer where we bring on other media members and the occasional player to discuss the bigger NHL topics of the day. You’ll get to know a lot of names you’re likely already familiar with a bit better.

There will be a lot more podcasts than just the Tuesday show. We have a new studio built at theScore that’s about 20 feet behind my desk. Every time something is newsworthy, I will be grabbing some hockey person from the office to discuss it with. Scott Lewis, Jake Goldsbie, John Noon, Thomas Drance and many more work here, so…there’s no shortage of hockey people.

The Bad

We’re not guaranteed to be daily, and Jake and John will only be on sporadically (but they’ll still be on at times).


All-in-all, we think the new format takes us from being a recap show, and recap shows are generally dishonest because one person can only watch so many hockey games each night. It opens the show up to new voices, and allows us to not force it on days there isn’t news, and embrace news as it breaks. I may be adding 10 minute conversations to the bottom of written posts here and there too, just for kicks.

So here we are. The first Backhand Shelf Podcast of the 2013-14 NHL season. Go easy on me in the role of host.


Our first guest is Mike Halford of NBC’sro Hockey Talk (one of my personal favorite hockey sites on the interwebz). I’m also a big fan of Mike’s for this sort of wonderful writing in the cutline:

Halford writing


Too good.

Today we discussed:

* The below segment on trading Tyler Seguin in “Behind The B’s.” It’s roughly from the 5:20 mark until 12:00 or so, but we include an audio clip in the podcast that sums it up: this kid doesn’t fit the culture, it’s time to move on.

* Is 3-on-3 overtime a good idea, or no?

* What do you expect from Tim Thomas this season (performance-wise)

* The NHL wants to add a billion in revenue over the next three years?

* John Tortorella doesn’t want the Canucks tweeting

You can listen to it here:


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