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The Caps' postseason came to a sudden end and now face an uncertain future. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan look back at what went wrong against the Bruins but then turn the page to the questions that need to be answered this offseason, starting with the expiring contract of Alex Ovechkin, the expansion draft and how the Caps try to retool their roster into a contender.
After 2 thrilling overtime games to start Round 1 of the playoffs, the series heads back to Boston even at 1-1... Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan discuss the play of Craig Anderson, how significant the injury to Lars Eller may be, and then welcome in Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com to discuss the series from Boston's side of things. Find out why Tom Wilson and Brad Marchand aren't that dissimilar and why no one in Boston is ever happy with Tuukka Rask.
The Caps are shipping off to Boston... well, at least for games 3&4. But first, the 1st round series with the Bruins opens in DC Saturday night, and JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh have many questions about how this series will play out and what the Caps need to happen to make a long playoff run. Starting with the latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov, and a deep dive into Vitek Vanacek as the #1 goalie, and whose style of play will dictate the outcome.
It's been a wild week for the Caps, and it all culminated Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Karl Alzner joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan to discuss the fight night, TJ Oshie's remarkable performance after the death of his father and the media frenzy surrounding Tom Wilson after Monday night's incident with Artemi Panarin. Plus, the guys dive into the latest with the playoff push and the goalie situation with the postseason a week away.
No rest for the 1st-place Caps, who move on from their emphatic 3-game sweep of the Islanders to another marquee matchup with the Penguins... JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh look ahead to the last 7 games of the season and also bring back the Mailbag to answer some of your questions. But stick around for their interview with ESPN's Randy Scott, a die-hard Caps fan whose personal remembrance of the 2018 Stanley Cup run is something every Caps fan can relate and will enjoy listening to.
Short break for the Caps with a huge 3-game series with the Islanders ahead, but plenty to discuss for JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh on this week's episode. The guys discuss the recent ups and downs, including the recent injuries to Zdeno Chara and Justin Schultz, plus the immediate impact Anthony Mantha has made and what that means for Washington's postseason prospects. Nicklas Backstrom's 1000 games in a Caps sweater gets their much-deserved appreciation as well, and a look ahead to that pivotal series with the Isles.
Trade Deadline 2021 has come and gone, and Caps GM made the biggest move of the day, sending Stanley Cup champion Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik and a pair of significant draft picks to Detroit for Anthony Mantha. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan break down the trade and what it means for the playoffs and beyond, plus hear from Brian MacLellan himself on the moves he did and didn't make today.
Don't look now, but Alex Ovechkin is scoring goals at a torrid pace again, and JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh discuss how Ovi keeps doing it in his 16th season. Plus, the recent "discipline" for Connor McDavid pales in comparison to anything Tom Wilson would receive, and why do the Rangers seem to have the Caps' number? Also, don't miss Alexa Shaw's interview with Nick Jensen about his journey to the NHL and what Zdeno Chara has meant to him this season.
Cobra Kai is one of the hottest shows in television, and when Peter Laviolette brought the show into his dojo, or, the Caps locker room, the Karate Kid himself took notice. Before the last meeting against the Islanders Alexa Shaw, Alan May and Nick Ashooh got a chance to speak with Ralph Macchio about the new connection to the Caps, his love of hockey and his Islanders, and what it's been like to bring the Karate Kid franchise to a new generation of fans. Plus, Nick takes a quick look ahead to the Caps' future coming out the mini-break in the season as the Caps look to stay hot in the 2nd half.
The Caps dominated their toughest test of the season to date against the Islanders, and Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are here to debate just how meaningful that win was, plus looking ahead to what moves might be made (or not made) by the Caps at the NHL trade deadline. Plus a preview of an interview with Tom Wilson for the upcoming NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo - to find out more head to nbcswexpo.com.
Tom Wilson has once again divided the hockey world - well at least the rest of the hockey world and Caps fans - and in this edition of Capitals Talk Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan give their takes on why the suspension was over the top. Also, hear our interview (16:28) with the Olympic gold medalists Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux about their recent retirement, the experiences of playing with Team USA and winning the gold, and their new book "Dare to Make History". Plus, an interesting discussion on how Dmitry Orlov has turned his season around (25:00), and JJ's adventures in doing radio with a young child around.
As the Caps continue a long road trip, the games get tougher as they head to Boston and Philadelphia. Jackie Redmond of NHL Network joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan for some national perspective on the Caps so far this season and which division rival will be left out of the playoffs. Plus, the guys examine the roller-coaster that has been the first 20-plus games of the season, and look ahead to this stretch of games that should tell us where this team stacks up in the East Division.
As the Caps continue to wait for the return of goalie Ilya Samsonov, Ben Raby of the Capitals Radio Network joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan to discuss the up-and-down play the team has produced since returning from their COVID hiatus. Plus, more talk about the impending goalie battle between Samsonov and Vitek Vanacek, celebrating Nicklas Backstrom's imminent 700 assist milestone, and the guys discuss Ben's cover story in The Hockey News about the ageless Zdeno Chara.
After 4 straight losses sandwiched around Covid cancellations, the Caps bounced back this week with back-to-back stellar performances against Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Karl Alzner joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan to discuss the recent turnaround and the upcoming goaltender dilemma the Caps will face when Ilya Samsonov returns. Plus, an appearance by JJ's son, a quick interlude for some Sabres bashing, and some discussion about pond hockey and the upcoming games in Lake Tahoe (complete with a well-placed Godfather reference).
This week's Capitals Talk podcast comes during the midst of the team's 3-game postponement pause. We figured what better time than now to talk to longtime NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Insider Chris Miller to see what we lessons the Caps can learn from how the Wizards handled their COVID-19 pause earlier this year.Before we talk to Chris, we go through why the Caps games were paused now and not when they lost the Russian quartet a few weeks back, what the Penguins new management team of GM Ron Hextall and President of Hockey Ops Brian Burke mean for Washington moving forward and why the Caps' odds (powered by our partners at PointsBet) to win the East Division are still somehow behind the Penguins.
As we celebrate Black History Month, this special Capitals Talk episode features the work of DC Mamba, a non-profit program that is aiming to introduce hockey in all neighborhoods at a low cost to the community, and now is partnering with the Capitals in a program called "Breaking the Ice". Nick Ashooh talks to Rock Ba'th, the founder of DC Mamba, about the program's philosophy of translating the game of hockey to kids, making it accessible and cost-friendly, and having a lot of fun in the process. Presented by Comcast Business.
If you predicted this start for the Washington Capitals, then give yourself a pat on the back... "What if I told you..." is the theme of this episode with Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan, as well as the 3 questions facing the team going forward, including what should we expect from surprise stars Zdeno Chara and Vitek Vanacek. Plus, why the Caps may be in the best position to survive this wildly unpredictable season.
Despite missing Ovi, Kuzy and Tom Wilson just to name a few, the Caps are back in 1st place thanks to some unsung heroes and gutsy performances. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan discuss the upcoming goalie competition between Ilya Samsonov and the surprising Vitek Vanacek, plus who needs else needs to step up once they return. And in case you missed it our Players Only segment, two great Bruce Boudreau stories, and we'll take a look at the East Division through the early stages of the season.
In this special "Headstrong" edition of Capitals Talk, Ted Leonsis joins Chris Miller for an in-depth interview about the issues of mental health and suicide awareness in light of the current environment we're all living in, particularly with today's athletes and those who play for his teams. For more of NBC Sports Washington's series on men's and mental health, "Headstrong", go to nbcsportswashington.com/headstrong.
The Caps got 6 of a possible 8 points on their season-opening road trip, but how should they be judged after 4 games? Karl Alzner joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan after his first game on the other side, as an analyst on Caps Pregame and Postgame Live, to discuss Tuesday night's OT loss to the Penguins plus: Tom Wilson's emergence into a legit star, Bruce Boudreau's unique approach to "analytics", and the problems we're all facing with technology these days.
A jam-packed episode of the Capitals Talk podcast coming your way this week ahead of Thursday's opener in Buffalo. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are joined by senior NHL.com writer Dan Rosen, host of the Flyers Talk podcast Jordan Hall from NBC Sports Philadelphia, DJ Bean from Boston Sports Tonight on NBC Sports Boston and Seth Rorabaugh who covers the Penguins for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.The group hits on all the biggest stories around the East Division leading into the season including:division realignment and what it means for the teams in the East (3:00)best offseason addition (11:00)biggest storyline heading into the season (20:00)best and worst case scenarios for each team (29:30)
The Caps closed out 2020 with the stunning signing of former Norris Trophy defenseman Zdeno Chara. JJ Regan is joined by Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com, one of the foremost experts on the Bruins and Chara, to break down just what the Caps are getting from the soon-to-be 44-year-old defenseman - as well as what this means for the Bruins, a team that the Caps have dominated over the years and will face 8! times this season!
On this edition of the Capitals Talk podcast, we dig into the Capitals 2020-2021 schedule which opens January 14 in Buffalo. Alexa Shaw leads Alan May, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan in breaking down how the schedule will play out for Washington and the importance of gelling quickly under new head coach Peter Laviolette. After that, the gang talks about what Conor Sheary can bring to the middle-six forwards and if there will be any more moves before the season starts to bolster the situation between the pipes.
It's official now, the NHL has announced its plans for the 2020-2021 (really only 2021 but oh well) season which is set to start on January 13th! Alexa Shaw, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan walk you through all the details and discuss what the East division will look like with the Bruins, Sabres, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins and Capitals. Hockey is coming back and we've got you covered all the time at NBCSportsWashington.com and right here on the Capitals Talk podcast!
Well, this is not the news we were hoping for from the Capitals today but it's the news we've got: Henrik Lundqvist will not play in the 2021 season due to a heart condition. We're all hoping that The King gets well soon. But what next for the Capitals? Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan take a look back at Hank's career before Brent Johnson joins JJ to discuss options for Ilya Samsonov's backup and if the Caps can still be considered in the running for the Stanley Cup with Samsonov as the #1.
On this episode of the Capitals Talk podcast, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are joined by former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner to discuss what's next for him after opting out of the 2020 postseason with Montreal. Alzner looks back fondly on his time in Washington and gives some behind-the-scenes details that helped a pair of his former teammates blossom into the superstars they are today.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are joined by the legendary Doc Emrick to discuss everything from his favorite moments through Alex Ovechkin's illustrious career to why he thinks the 2021 Capitals will be in the mix for the Stanley Cup in the season ahead. Conversation also includes Doc's new memoir, Off Mike, a perfect gift for any hockey lover on your holiday list!
The Hershey Bears new video coach Emily Engel-Natzke joins the podcast this week to discuss her new role with the Chocolate and White and what it means to her to be the first female coach in the Capitals organization. She talks to Alexa Shaw about her journey in hockey and leaves future generations of hockey coaches with excellent advice to get where they want to go in their careers.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are joined by two former Capitals goalies in Olie Kolzig and Byron Dafoe to go back in the memory bank to their scrap, tussle, dance, whatever you want to call it, which just turned 22 years old on November 22nd. We couldn't let them go without asking some current questions too as they hit on the Reverse Retro jerseys, how they would feel as players negotiating for a season right now and what to expect from the dynamic duo of Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes this season.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan dive into the latest rumblings around the start to the next NHL season and what it means for Caps fans. JJ is very upset with the early looks at potential divisions that could see the Caps and Pens playing in different divisions but is much happier about the return of the Screaming Eagle with the Reverse Retro jerseys unveiled throughout the league. The Holtbys' move from D.C. to Vancouver hit a bit of a snag and although it went slower than hoped (tortoise pun?!?), all the Holtbys are safe and sound North of the Border and you get a bonus story from Tim McDonough about traveling across the border in the trunk of a car in his youth.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan break down what Alex Ovechkin telling a Russian television station that he wants to end his career playing for Dynamo Moscow means for his future in Washington and the future of the Capitals franchise (1:00). Discussions then go to what Ovi might get for his next contract (15:30) and how the rest of the league views the Caps captain (22:00). Finally, JJ weighs in on why Daniel Sprong should be the answer at 3rd line RW (28:30) and the potential for Washington to move a defenseman before next season starts (33:00).
JJ Regan is joined this week by the Voice of the Hershey Bears Zack Fisch to discuss which prospects might be coming up the pipeline to Washington. Could Daniel Sprong be the answer at 3rd line right wing for the Capitals? Fisch certainly thinks so. He also lays out the rest of the forwards who could see action for the big club and what all the offseason additions on the blue line mean for Martin Fehervary and Alex Alexeyev. Plus, Fisch takes a peek between the pipes at what could be one of the best 4-deep goalie groups in hockey with Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist in Washington and Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley in Hershey.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are joined by NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen to discuss Henrik Lundqvist's role in Washington, where the Capitals stack up in next season's Metropolitan Division and the latest on the NHL's plans to start the coming season (7:00). The boys then take a look at the latest Eastern Conference odds thanks to our partners at PointsBet Sportsbook (19:00).
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan got together to discuss the Caps free agency period so far and give their thoughts on the worst kept secret coming to fruition with Henrik Lundqvist signing with the team. After the discussion you will hear from Henrik as he talks about what made him pick Washington as his next team. The guys finish up the podcast discussing how else the Caps can increase their title chances for next year as well as take a look around the league to see what other teams have been up to during this busy free agency period.
On a special edition of the Caps Talk Podcast Alexa Shaw, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan first got to sit down with Washington Captials 1st round draft pick Hendrix LaPierre to talk about being selected by the Caps, his Twitter exchange with Alex Ovechkin and how he sees himself fitting into this group of guys.The crew also sat down with Samantha Pell from The Washington Post and Ben Raby from Caps Radio to discuss some of the teams key needs in free agency and to see if their is any truth to the worst kept secret in the NHL #LundqvistToDC.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are back again for another podcast, this time the NHL season is officially over and we have crowned a champion, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the series to take home the Stanley Cup. The guys discuss what they saw from this Lightning team that lead them to a cup, how similar it was to what the Caps went through before finally breaking through in 2018 and what next season might look like now that we have gotten through the bubble experiment.After that discussion Nick was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Capitals Assistant GM Ross Mahoney and discuss some of the plans he has for the Caps headed into a shortened yet busy offseason. The two talk about what the team saw in Peter Laviolette to bring him in as head coach, what the draft process has looked like in this socially distant world we are in and if he had any updates on an extension for Ovechkin or any signing of a net minder to sit behind Samsonov.
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan got together to discuss John Carlson getting edged out by Nashville's Roman Josi for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is given to the years top Defenseman. John Carlson, who led all defensemen in scoring with 75 points and was on pace to be one of only 10 Defenseman in NHL history to reach 89 points, was a deserving candidate but Josi was considered to be the better all-around defenseman.The guys will get into if they thought Carlson was snubbed in favor of Josi, what the Caps need to do to sure up their defensive lineup, who will back-up Ilya Samsonov next year if it isn't Holtby, what each of them has seen in the Stanley Cup Finals so far and what the season might look like next year once the bubble experiment is all over.
The Capitals search for their new head coach is finally over. Peter Laviolette was named the new head man in Washington. Laviolette has 18 years of experience as a head coach most recently with Nashville for five and a half seasons, leading them to a Stanley Cup Final in 2017 before being fired in January. He has also won a Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and lead the Flyers to a championship game in 2010.For this episode of the pod, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan first get into some thoughts on the hire and if JJ thinks he is the right man for the job. Following that discussion, Alexa Shaw and Nick got the chance to talk to Capitals GM Brian MacLellan about the new hire, his expectations for the team under this new coaching regime and what Coach Laviolette brings to the table that the Caps have been missing these past two seasons.After saying goodbye to MacLellan, we brought in the man himself, new Caps Head Coach Peter Laviolette to discuss what made him choose Washington, what we can expect going forward from this team, how happy he is to have Ovi on his team and not playing against him, plus you don't want to miss the story behind the bull mask press conference!
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan got together to do the only thing we as Caps fans can do this off season... speculate about who the next coach will be. Will MacLellan bring in the controversial hire in Mike Babcock or the highly sought after Peter Laviolette? Could it even be former Las Vegas head man Gerard Gallant? The guys will give thier opinions on which direction the team should go then Nick will bring in Senior Hockey Writer for Sportsnet Chris Johnston to talk about the possible candidate, in particular Mike Babcock, someone Chris has a relationship with. Chris talks about the way things ended in Toronto for Babcock and why he might be the best fit to take this team where they need to go.
Jordan Giorgio, JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh got together for another edition of the Caps Talk Pod to talk about possible head coaching candidates for Washington's vacancy. The crew also looks ahead to what the Caps might possibly do in free agency this off-season.After the discussion Nick got the chance to sit down 1-on-1 with former NHL right-winger now NBC Sports hockey analyst. They discussed who Anson thinks should get the Caps head coaching gig, if he thought the Rierden firing was warranted, who he has in the Stanley Cup Finals as well as the project he has been working on with NBC called Hockey Culture a multi-platform content offering dedicated to bringing equality and inclusion to the sport of hockey.Following the 1-on-1 discussion JJ blows his top when discussing why Holtby will leave Washington in free agency and Jordan confesses her secret love for the Tampa Bay Lighting.
3 days after losing their playoff series to the Islanders and former Head Coach Barry Trotz, the Capitals relieved Todd Reirden of his coaching duties. Reirden's firing comes on the heels of back to back first round playoff exits after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018.Jordan Giorgio, JJ Regan and NBC Sports Washington Play-by-Play voice Joe Beninati react to the news. They also get into potential head coaching replacements, what to do with Braden Holtby and if the age of the team will have any factor in who comes in as head coach. You'll also hear from General Manager Todd MacLellan on why the time was right to make the change, as well as an update on Ilya Samsonov's health and when talks about Alex Ovechkin's contract might begin.
Jordan Giorgio, JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh got together one more time to finish out this 2020 Caps season and to discuss the Islanders 4-0 domination of the Caps in this game and throughout the series. With the season over the crew also looks to the off-season and what that might mean for some of the veteran players. Following that discussion Todd Rierden gives his final press conference of the 2020 season and discusses if he will be here or not next year.
Something in the 2nd period of this game happened, a fire was lit under the Caps skates and it paid off, with a 3-2 win to keep their season alive. Jordan Giorgio, JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh got together to discuss what they saw from the most important game of the Caps season so far, and to look forward to Game 5 and the possibility of Washington doing the impossible in getting out of the 3-0 hole they have put themselves in. The crew goes over a 2nd period for the ages, how Ovi and his beautiful goatee saved the day and if this new fire that has been lit under the Caps skaters can will them to another victory on Thursday.Also you will here Head Coach Todd Rierden's thoughts after the win and how much confidence he has in his squad going into a crucial Game 5.
The Capitals find themselves in a place no team wants to be in -- Down 3-0 in a Best-of-7 series. Washington played better than they did in the previous 2 games, but that wasn't enough. A 2-1 Overtime loss puts them on the edge of elimination in the 1st Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 2nd straight season.Jordan Giorgio, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan recap everything that went wrong - from what looked like a lack of urgency, to the struggles in 5-on-5 play, to how the former coach is besting his former team.You'll also hear from Todd Reirden about what went wrong - and what he hopes changes in Game 4 and (hopefully) beyond.