Determined to quench your thirst for off-season hockey talk, I recorded another podcast this weekend. On Saturday, the always-entertaining and well-connected Ryan Leslie stopped by my home recording studio (aka my kitchen) and together, we ripped off episode No. 4.
The former Sportsnet broadcaster and current host of Flames TV had the distinction of being the first to join me in using my new Blue Yeti microphone. So yet another milestone achieved as I slowly but surely figure out this world of podcasting.
That said, there were still some learnings. Standing out this time was how noticeable it is when someone (first name rhymes with Bryan) taps his hand or fist on the island, in which the microphone was placed. Yes, that's what that thumping noise is that you'll hear periodically. I was able to dampen it in post-production but not remove it. But hey, Ryan is a passionate guy on some of the topics we discussed so it's all good. Hopefully the body language comes across in the final product.
- Ryan takes us behind the scenes with a glimpse into what happens on Flames charters, etc.
- We look ahead briefly to Penticton (more in-depth preview to come in early September)
- Who will log the most games on RW on the top line?
- Who will the coaching change benefit the most, and who could be negatively impacted?
- What is the one thing that despite the sunny and optimistic outlook, could turn the upcoming season into one of dark and cloudy skies.
- Who are the leading candidates for alternate captain (replacing Kris Russell)
- Assortment of other random musings
- Episode 3 - On August 5, I connected with Mr. Kerr again, this time to dig into a variety of other off-season topics like the Gaudreau/Monahan contract 'stalemate', Troy Brouwer and expansion.
- Episode 2 - In the more technically-sound second episode (thanks to Rob Kerr's audio equipment) on July 19, Rob joined me as co-host and we debated the Flames season-opening roster.
- Episode 1 - In the July 11 impromptu pilot, featuring zero technology, I recapped development camp. This was was a solo effort with sub-part technology but fresh on the heels of the prospects being in town, lots of good stuff discussed.
This remains a work in progress technically, especially fumbling my way through post-production but I'm learning something new every podcast and I think they're sounding great. I appreciate your patience and thanks for listening!
- Bad NHL Contracts and Dandelions: Difficult to Eliminate, Best Hope is to Minimize - While the Troy Brouwer contract was contentious in some circles, a look around the Pacific Division reveals that it's really not that bad and more of a necessary evil. (August 11, 2016)
- FF80F Podcast: Episode 3- Topics Include Gaudrean, Monahan, Expansion, Brouwer - To break the monotony of non-stop Blue Jays talk, here's some hockey conversation to brighten your day. Oh, and some chatter about working at a video store. (August 6, 2016)
- Plenty of Goals + More Saves = Playoffs: History Says Flames Have Winning Formula - Going back to 2010, there's been a 96 percent chance that a potent scoring team as Calgary should be, makes the playoffs, barring 29th or 30th ranked goaltending. (August 1, 2016)
- Ranking the Calgary Flames Top 20 Prospects (July 2016 Edition) - After much contemplation, some last minutes changes, the new edition of my top 20 prospects is here. Who fell the furthest? Who climbed the furthest? How many made their debut? (July 27, 2016)
- The Good, the Exempt and the Ugly: How Expansion Could Impact the Flames - I looked ahead to next June's expansion draft and took a stab at who Calgary might protect, how to approach some tough decisions, and who Las Vegas could end up with. (July 25, 2016)