Rink Report – April 19, 2014

A quick recap of yesterday’s games, and setting up todays.  A few news items as well.  This one is less than two minutes long. Enjoy.

Joel Quenneville makes a lewd gesture.

Milan Lucic speaks below the belt.

Rink Report – April 18, 2014

Recapping the games from last night, and setting up the three games happening tonight.

No news to report today, much like April 18, 1930 for the BBC.  We, unlike the BBC, will not play piano music instead.

Alexandar Steen’s OT Goal

Paul Stastny ties the game

And then, Paul Statstny wins the game, from almost the same exact place on the ice.

Also, a Systems Analyst post from Justin Bourne on the game winner by Montreal against the Lightning.  I love these posts.

Partick Kane freezes Ryan Miller

Rink Report – April 17, 2014

Day two of the playoffs, day two of the Report.  Let’s get this thing going.

I recap the scores of the three playoff games, as well as tidbits (yes, I said tidbits) from each.  I also take a quick look at the four playoff games happening tonight.  And news from Abbotsford, BC.  You heard that right.

Bobrovsky’s Bobble:

Getzlaf takes a slapper to the face:

Abbotsford Breaks Ties with AHL Team (The Globe and Mail)

Abbotsford Heat to leave, city to pay $5.5 million to end deal (Chilliwack Progress)

(Hat tip to Field of Schemes)



Rink Report – April 16, 2014

Welcome to the first Rink Report, a daily podcast catching you up on the news of the NHL, and setting you up with the hockey games of the night.

This is really rough.  I’m not used to podcasting on my own, and I’m doing this for fun and for the experience of it.  I will make mistakes, names, stats, things like that.  I will do my best to correct them on the twitter feed and in the next episode in an errata section.

Heck, I don’t even know if I’ll be able to sustain this.  Let’s just see how it goes.

As ever, this is an independent podcast, and not associated with the NHL or any other media outlets.  All mistakes are my own, unless stated otherwise.

Ben Bishop’s injury:

The Rink Episode 68: Why No Jagr?

For episode 68, you would think the Jaromir Jagr would come up once, but he wasn’t the story when it came to the Flyers.  James O’Brien and I talk about Pronger and the impact his injury may have on visors, as well as what is going on in this crazy league, where the Stars are on top, the Leafs are a playoff team, and one of the best goalies in the league just isn’t good enough for some people.

James O’Brien at Pro Hockey Talk and Rotoworld

James’ all decade team and all decade team defense

Greg Wyshynsi’s all decade team with Pronger

The Pronger injury in video form:

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The Rink Episode 67: Starting Off Right

We here at The Rink love to get our podcast episodes out in a timely fashion, so we recorded this a few hours before the puck dropped for the start of the season, and got it posted the morning after.

I’m happy to talk to new co-host James O’Brien of ProHockeyTalk and formerly of Cycle Like the Sedins.  We hit upon most of the teams, as well a some of the more controversial issues like no-touch icing, and Brendan Shanahan and his Shanahammer.

We had a few technical issues when recording, so James O’B doesn’t sound quite as good as he could, but we will have it ironed out for next time.

James O’Brien on Twitter (@cyclelikesedins)

James O’s Stanley Cup predictions on PHT.

Rink Road Trip: Who Wants to Chat?

On Monday, October 10th, I’m starting a drive from Buffalo, NY to Denver, CO, and want to talk some hockey along the way.  I’ve always liked talking to a variety of people on The Rink Podcast, and want to meet up with hockey fans along the drive and get your thoughts on the upcoming hockey season.

If you are in the path of the road trip, hit me up in the comments and let me know, or get in touch with me here.  Or hit me up on twitter (@rinkpodcast).

The path of Hurricane James

The Rink Episode 66: Big Bad Bruins with HBAdventure

The Rink finally pokes it’s head out of the sand and returns for the 2011-12 season.  Kicking things off, I’m talking with Cornelius Hardenbergh of The Hockey Blog Adventure about his favorite team and defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins, as well as starting the season overseas, injuries and retirements, and even a little bit about the Minnesota Wild.

Cornelius on twitter (@HBAdventure)

Tyler Seguin’s first NHL Goal:

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Hockey Podcast Survey

The hockey podcast season is starting to ramp up with training camp around the corner.  The Rink will be returning this season, with a few new voices, and some new ideas for more and different episodes.

One of the challenges of podcasting is getting feedback from the audience, and what they like and don’t like about the shows they listen to.  With blogs, it’s easy to add a comment to an blog post, but when you listen to a podcast on your mp3 player, or from a podcast aggregator (like iTunes), there isn’t a simple way to speak your mind as a listener.

So if you can take a minute, I’ve made a simple and quick survey to help myself, and other podcasters, make the kind of shows you want to hear more of.  Ten questions that will help us get a handle on how people listen to hockey podcasts.

This isn’t just a poll just for my own information.  I will share the data with any podcaster who wants it.  I may even just do a separate post with the results.

And this poll doesn’t collect your personal information.  It’s completely anonymous.

Thanks for taking a minute to help other podcasters do the best shows they can do. Hit the poll up after the jump.
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By Way of Explanation

I don’t like doing posts like this.  The ones that beg people’s forgiveness, and explain why the posting hasn’t been as frequent, or things have just gone completely off the rails…

But here goes.

Back in September, right about the time the last episode was posted, I was asked to work on a project that was interesting to me on several levels.  It took a lot of my free time, including my one day off a week (Monday, an inconvenient day for people to be a guest on a podcast, FYI) when I usually recorded The Rink.  I poured more time into that project than would allow me to work on The Rink (as well as my regular job that pays the bills).  I was in a few cities in a row that had poor internet (a poor excuse, but also making the cornerstone of podcasting – the Skype call – near impossible).

That project fell apart, and in the end, I fell out of the habit of recording The Rink.  Getting back on the horse has proven difficult.  There is no lack of technical tools, and with those tools, technical frustrations.  But returning to a regular podcast recording schedule has been hard. It’s almost like starting over again, except that I have all the tools I need, and the editing skills to do the job as well.

There are a few other frustrations you may not be aware of, but I want to keep those to myself, and not publicize them.  Still, they exist.

Time is opening up now, right as the regular season has come to a close.  What I don’t want to do is put out an episode, and then quit for a month.  What I  need to do is recommit to The Rink, and make it happen on a regular, weekly basis again.  I need to decide how to make that happen, and what it will take for that to happen.

There hasn’t been an episode of The Rink for almost six and a half months.  And it may not seem like it, but The Rink is something has given me a lot of satisfaction.  I loved talking to other podcasters and bloggers, and meeting some of those people face to face.  I’m really proud of some of the work I have done on it, and want to bring it back.  But I don’t want to do it lightly.

I am going to be in some great hockey cities soon, like Toronto and Ottawa.  And while there won’t be playoff hockey going, there are people there I’m looking forward to seeing and talking to.  Will that be a jumping off point for The Rink relaunch? I hope so.

To those who have been wondering, thanks. I hope that I haven’t completely blown your trust or faith.  That The Rink has languished this much has been gnawing away at me for some time.  I hope I can re-establish some of that faith when The Rink relaunches.

And thank you to the people who have asked, cajoled, and offered to be guests, especially Jon Swenson of Sharkspage, Jay Kumar from Completely Conspicuous, and Jay Vean of The Avs Hockey Podcast.

Thanks for your patience. I appreciate it more than you know.