We're back! Russell and I fire up the studio once again (and I emerge from early fatherhood delirium), readjust the headsets, and enliven the interwaves with Washington Capitals chatter in the middle of August, with an all-new show this Saturday at 10am.
And while you have all no doubt suffered deeply and palpably our prolonged summer hiatus, we ask your forgiveness and also this: Have the wounds opened again by the second round sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning finally healed? While that collapse may have left you scarred to rival the mark on Lightning bench boss Guy Boucher's cheek, did the considerable free agent haul last month directed by Caps GM George McPhee to welcome, among others, forwards Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, defenseman Roman Hamrlik, goaltender Tomas Vokoun, and welcome back center Jeff Halpern, to Washington, assauge your frustration, and rekindle your Caps fan spirits? It did ours.
But what also provided a spark to reignite the engines for me was the announcement that John Walton will become the new radio play-by-play voice (and apparently much more as new "Director of Broadcasting") for the Caps. John's game calls are sure to transform even a lackluster mid-season Caps match against an uninteresting opponent into an event worth your undivided attention. So we're thrilled to welcome John back to the show to chat about his new gig, the continued importance of radio in delivering our great sport of hockey, the evolution of Bruce Boudreau's coaching style throughout Gabby's time in the Caps' organization, and his early thoughts on this renovated Caps team.
In lieu of a question for this week's show, call us up during the broadcast and share your most vivid memories of listening to Caps games on the radio, during any era. The call in number is (917) 388-4003 and we'll take your questions and comments @japersrinkradio.
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