Washington. So close yet so far.
The Presidents Trophy winners were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs by Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Penguins have now eliminated the Capitals from the post season eight times in their 41-year history, going on to win the Stanley Cup in three of those years just to pour a little extra salt on the wound.
Caps fans could be forgiven for feeling like they are cursed this morning. Ralph Russo of the Associated Press even went as far as suggesting they were the most ‘tormented’ fan base in the NHL.
Despite another heart breaking loss on Tuesday, they are not.
That ‘honour’ belongs to Columbus.
Kate Cimini, lead NWHL reporter for Today’s Slapshot, joins me on the latest One Puck Short Podcast to discuss the NWHL’s first season, it’s high and lows and it’s future.
We also discuss the Women’s World Championships, currently taking place in Kamloops, and the St. Louis Blues chances in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“That will never happen”.
Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney on rumours the club would trade number one D man Oliver Ekman-Larsson in order to net the first overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Simple. Done. Shot down. Over.
That it needed Maloney to come out and say it speaks volumes though – a wild rumour gaining some sort of traction via desperate fans in markets starved of success.
But this one seemed like something particularly special.
The One Puck Short Podcast goes back to its roots with an episode recorded on the road!
Team GB’s slimmed down squad comes under the microscope, with pre-World Championship games against Poland on the horizon, while the NHL playoff race is in full swing on the other side of the pond.
Rick Fox won three NBA Championships during in a 13-year professional career that included stops in Boston and Los Angeles.
Today Fox is the owner of the Echo Fox eSports franchise.
And he thinks eSports will catch up to the NHL within two years, presumably one day replacing it as America’s fourth biggest sport/sports league.
With the closure of it’s independent investigation in to sexual assault allegations made against Patrick Kane last summer, the NHL appears to be hoping a line will be drawn under the saga.
Events of the past few months have left an extremely bitter taste. The timing of the NHL press release has only soured things further, dividing fan opinions (as the allegations have from the start) and dug further inroads of suspicion around the player, the Blackhawks and the NHL.
The One Puck Short Podcast returns with a catch up episode, covering the NHL trade deadline, Jonathan Drouin’s return to the Syracuse Crunch and the World Cup of Hockey preliminary roster announcements and jersey unveilings.