Puck Podcast – August 9th, 2008

In this week’s episode we talk with Capitals beat writer Tarik El-Bashir about Washington’s incredible season, the departure of Cristobal Huet, Shaone Morrisson’s contentious arbitration hearing and how much Olaf Kolzig has left in the tank. We also talk about Sean Hill’s decision to go to Europe, Dan Hinote’s marriage to a Playboy Playmate, the latest on Mats Sundin and Teemu Selanne plus your e-mails, a recap of our championship game and, of course, a whole lot more.

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One of these lovely ladies is married to an NHL player

Click here to check out Tarik El-Bashir’s Washington Capitals blog at WashingtonPost.com.

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Doug Stolhand is one of the co-founders and co-hosts of the Puck Podcast and has been a member of the NHL media since the show's inception in 2006.


  1. Good show as always guys, but I feel the need to chirp a little at Doug. Being a Sharks fan I’m very keen to pick up on your (and to a lesser extent Eddie’s) tendency to view every Sharks move with a certain amount of sarcasm, right or wrong. But why do you keep referring to the Sharks as “old”? The last I checked, the average age of Sharks players is 28.9 while the average age of the Ducks is 30.3. While I wouldn’t call the Ducks an “old” team by any means they are, collectively, older than the Sharks. Perhaps a new broom needs to sweep clean in Anaheim? It’s all good though, it’s hard to respect a Ducks fan that doesn’t give my team a hard time.

  2. Man… you guys are gonna KILL when there’s finally some noteworthy action in the league… thanks for another good show!

  3. On the subject of Dean Lombardi threatening the other GM’s in the NHL against tendering offer sheets to his RFA’s. Is this not a form of tampering against the players! By putting forth the promise of severe reprisals for any offers made, he has effectively reduced (if not eliminated) the number of offers that the players receive and therefore, their earning power. For without any competition from other teams, their choices are reduced to, play on another continent,accept whatever the hell the Kings feel like paying them or don’t play and earn nothing. Furthermore,when the league does nothing to silence Lombardi isn’t the NHL guilty of tacit collusion. If I were Kopitar or Johnson I’d be firing up the leagal engines, right after I told Dean to shut his mouth. Just wondering if anyone else thought this was a valid point or if I was simply succumbing to a slow NHL news week.

  4. Here are some dates to pin down of when different leagues across Europe and North America.


    Russia (KHL) September 2
    Sloavkia (Slovak ExtraLiga) September 7
    Finland (SM-Liiga) September 11
    Denmark (Al Bank Ligean) September 12
    Sweden (Elitestern) September 15
    Norway (Get-Ligean) September 18
    Switzerland (NLA) September 9
    Germany (DEL) September 4
    Austria (EBEL)September 19


    Ontario Hockey League (OHL) September 17
    Western Hockey League (WHL) September 18
    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) September 11
    United States Hockey League (USHL) September 25
    North American Hockey League (NAHL) September 17

    Minor League

    American Hockey League (AHL) October 8
    East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) October 17
    Central Hockey League (CHL) October 17

  5. Just a quick comment: you can retire a number twice. The Habs retired #12 for both Yvan Cournoyer and Dickie Moore last season. They decided not to add banners to #1 for Vezina, Hainsworth, and Durnan in addition to Plante or #4 for Aurele Jolait, but they could justify it pretty easily.

    And while there is the old joke about the Habs going to fractions and football numbers, but I think you guys are right: that’s the price you pay for being awesome and having a long history, which both the Habs and Leafs were prior to 1967. 😉

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