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AIH 20416 Ep. 18: Talking Sabres, Capitals and the Seth Jones - Ryan Johansen trade!

It was an action-packed episode for your two favourite co-hosts, who spoke with guests from Die By The Blade, Japers' Rink, The Cannon and On The Forecheck. Four segments, five guests, let's go!

The two watched Johansen's plane take off, each wondering what they had done.
The two watched Johansen's plane take off, each wondering what they had done.
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Hello everyone! Recorded in the aftermath of Winnipeg's 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on January 10th, Episode 18 featured all the guests!

To start things off, we spoke with Jack Goods of Die By The Blade, and there was no shortage of things to talk about despite the relatively flat game. Jack Eichel being upstaged by Sam Reinhart, the importance of just one extra year of development, a struggling Zemgus Girgensons and the Buffalo Sabres potentially not being sellers at this year's deadline all served as non-game related topics.

After comparing the Evander Kane deal to Buffalo's actual best trade ever (see: O'Reilly, Ryan), we discussed which fan base should be more excited and optimistic about the future, with Jack giving Winnipeg an unflattering comparison to the late 2000s Sabres. We also packed what's wrong with Matt Moulson, the state of the Sabres goaltending and more into this first segment, because we're pros!

Our next guest was Adam Stringham, Associate Editor over at Japers' Rink and host of the Talk The Red podcast. After asking him about a dozen Mike Richards questions, we discussed the Byfuglien-to-Washington rumours and what package Adam would be comfortable giving up in a trade for Buff. Other topics of conversation included excitement over Ovechkin's historic march to 500 goals, Nicklas Backstrom's long overdue All-Star appearance and needing versus wanting at the trade deadline.

Because Alan is a Renaissance man, he and Adam ended the segment talking football, fan complaints about officiating across sports, and the weather. Also, Mr. Stringham is looking for a new producer to, well, produce a Washington Capitals hockey podcast. Tweet him if interested!

In the next segment, we dared to have two guests on at the same time! The result was a cordial conversation between Dan. P of The Cannon and the DKM Hockey Podcast, and Dan D. Bradley of On The Forecheck and PREDCAST fame. When we asked our guests where they were when they learned of the Seth Jones and Ryan Johansen swap, we sure didn't expect to hear 'sipping on a glass of Chardonnay' or 'I found out while trying to find Seth Jones on General Fanager'!

They both made a case for why they won the trade, with Mr. Bradley pointing out how all Stanley Cup champions post-lockout had solid centre depth, while Dan P. spoke of winning the trade not now, but potentially later. We touched upon Nashville addressing a need which has existed since David Legwand turned out to be a 2/3C, the prospect of Ryan Murray or Zach Werenski beside Seth Jones, Columbus' centre depth post-Johansen and of course, Johansen's first goal as a Predator:

Alan asked a prospect question, thus proving that I am indeed a bad influence on him, while Mr. Bradley threw Corsi under a bus while talking about the Predators' struggles and how James Neal is "that one guy in Halo who camps and waits for his opportunity". Between the importance of bumping Mike Fisher down the depth chart, being comfortable with paying Johansen $8,000,000+ range, what both teams should look to do at the trade deadline and more, we tried to leave no stone unturned.

After laughing over the idea of not having fun following teams which make big trades, Alan and I wrapped things up with some additional Sabres - Jets game talk. Our epilogue also included my continued reaction to the disappointing hypothetical return for Byfuglien, our thoughts on the coming goaltender situation, and taking a step forward later by taking a step back now. And yes, we mentioned the process!

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