You have to be a little crazy to be a goaltender in hockey, but when does that little bit o' crazy turn against you? When you're having a rough patch and your own fans start turning against you. Tom Franklin explains why you maybe shouldn't be so quick to turn against your team's netminder.
Competitive NHL hockey is here, and the 2018-19 season is shaping up to be an interesting one! Drama at the top, drama at the bottom, and a lot of mystery in between. Tom Franklin tries to sort out the drama and mystery and gives his (probably error-full) predictions for this coming season!
Max Pacioretty is a Vegas Golden Knight, and San Jose played "top this" by acquiring Erik Karlsson days later. Tom Franklin returns from his moving sabbatical to break down the winners and losers of this deal. Hint: Ottawa loses. What else is new? (Photo by Christophe95 [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons)
Stan Mikita is one of the most interesting hockey players you'll ever find, from his upbringing in the Nazi-controlled...then Soviet-controlled Slovak Republic to the gifts he intentionally and unintentionally gave the game of hockey. Thank you Stan Mikita. May you finally rest in peace.
It's kind of a boring time to be a hockey fan, so Tom Franklin tries his best to spice things up with some NHL Power Rankings. One team collapsed, one team soared, and Tom's voice started dying on him about halfway through because when you talk about 31 NHL teams, you have to talk alot period.
The Hossa Era is officially over in Chicago, and he's taking young forward Vinnie Hinestroza with him to Arizona. Tommie Lee comes to grips with the loss of a Hawks legend. (Photo by Anna Enriquez from San Antonio, United States; CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
When it looked like Tyler Bozak, David Perron, and Chad Johnson were going to be the highlights of Day 1 free agency for the St. Louis Blues, Doug Armstrong pulls the Ryan O'Reilly rabbit out of his hat. Tom Franklin couldn't be more excited. (Photo by Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA (IMG_5018) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
So many rumors, so many of them garbage, and so many people that lop it up anyway. Tom Franklin is getting tired of hearing the misinformation that is spreading...all at the expense of ACTUAL reporters who are always a financial decision away from being unemployed. Warning: I ramble and rant. A lot.
June 19, 2018: The day Mike Hoffman was dealt twice, Artemi Panarin was dangled by Columbus, and Tom Franklin finally had a chance to react to the Alex Galchenyuk/Max Domi trade. Oh, and what's this about Ilya Kovalchuk wearing the Bluenote maybe? (Photo by Michael Miller [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)
He promised them long ago, and now he's delivered. Before the free agency and NHL draft frenzy, Tom Franklin runs down the power rankings of all 31 NHL teams and tries to paint a picture of where each team stands. Hint: There's no pretty little clouds over Ottawa these days.
Fort Wayne Komets goalie Michael Houser has something in common with St. Louis Blues forward Jordan Kyrou: they're both Red Tilson Award winners from the OHL. Tom Franklin tells us a tale of how no two Tilson Award winners are alike, though. (Photos supplied/Ontario Hockey League press releases)
Stick taps to the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. They came to Vegas. They saw the ga-ga. They conquered. Tom Franklin talks about how the Caps EARNED their Cup, how Vegas has nothing to be ashamed about, and tries to jump into the shoes of your average Capitals fan in the final 7 minutes of the game.
NBC wants Alex Ovechkin to win a Stanley Cup so bad, but if he wins it over Evgeny Kuznetsov, it'll be the biggest robbery since we lost the entire 2004-05 season due to lockout. Oh, and the Caps are kind of routing Vegas this series. Tom Franklin sprinkles some salt on this episode of the Good Ol' Hockey Podcast!
Does home ice advantage matter in the Stanley Cup Finals? Do humans require air to breathe, water to drink, and the ability to communicate with one another? Tom Franklin talks about how home ice is an advantage for the Washington Capitals in their series with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Dominik Hasek is Braden Holtby's spirit animal and Washington has figured out Marc-Andre Fleury's backdoor problem. Tom Franklin goes over game two and where this series stands after two fun, fun, fun games played.
Fort Wayne says goodbye to two of its best players - Gabriel Desjardins and Mason Baptista - to foreign leagues. How does this happen? Tom Franklin explores the vice grip ECHL teams are put in financially and what being "in one" in minor league hockey is like.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in the book and it was so, so glorious. Tom Franklin gushes all over it and then gives us a preview of the series, explaining that not all underdogs are created equal and why it's ok to like or not like the Vegas story.
Did the San Jose Sharks just fork over too much money for Evander Kane? Tom Franklin looks into just how much goalscoring is worth and weighs that against all the other maturity baggage that comes with Kane. Also, does the Kane deal hurt the free agent market by inflating it to crazy levels?
The Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Finals and your team probably helped get them there. Tom Franklin delves into how the Knights were built and also discusses how Vegas has brought far more good than harm to fandom and hockey.