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 Brayden 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.
How did we get here? None of the teams left in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (Tampa, Washington, Winnipeg and Vegas) should be in the conference finals. But here we are in this magical, amazing NHL playoff run. Tom Franklin gives his thoughts and predictions after going 4-for-4 in the Conference Semis.
As Vegas marches on in the NHL playoffs, Tommie Lee takes a look at the phenomenon that is the Golden Knights' fan outreach. And he does it from South Bend, which as he explains, seems appropriate for Vegas.
Instead of sleeping on it, Tom Franklin pulled out his Blue Yeti and spewed some truth and malice over Jake Allen after an embarrassing 4-3 loss to Chicago that puts the Blues hopes of the playoffs in jeopardy. Complete with depraved laughter, historical lamenting, and in the end, acceptance.