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The Deep Dive - A Seattle Kraken Podcast by Emerald City Hockey
Emerald City Hockey, RJ Eskanos & Dylan Travers
Join RJ and Dylan for Emerald City Hockey's weekly podcast providing the latest news and analysis on the Seattle Kraken.
Aug 1, 2022
Episode 48 - It's Not Delivery, It's Donato
In this episode, we introduce some exciting August content (1:44), then discuss new player jersey numbers (6:30), the Kraken's new ECHL affiliate (23:33), some big Pacific Division moves (28:34), and Ryan Donato returning to Seattle (42:00),
1 hr 4 min
Jul 24, 2022
Episode 47 - Bjorkstrand and Edzo
In this episode, we do some quick hits on Morgan Geekie's extension (1:08), The Firebirds schedule release (4:32), and Shane Wright on Welcome to the NHL (7:50). Then we dive into Eddie Olczyk joining the Kraken broadcast (13:58) and the Oliver Bjorkstrand trade (23:14).
Jul 16, 2022
Episode 46 - Dev Camp Recap
We start by talking about a few more Kraken free agent signings (1:53), and some big names left on the market (7:43). Then we take a deep dive into the Kraken's development camp and some of the top players there: Matty Beniers (19:07), Shane Wright (25:36), Jagger Firkus (34:22), Ty Nelson (40:29), Ryker Evans (46:03), Jani Nyman (51:02), Niklas Kokko (55:54), David Goyette (1:01:58) Others (1:05:12)
1 hr 14 min
Jul 12, 2022
Episode 45 - Free Agency Preview
Free agency starts tomorrow and RJ & Dylan have you covered with a deep dive into this year's free agent market. Kraken RFAs (1:07), Free agent strategy (8:22), Forwards (21:18), Defense (1:09:04), Goalies (1:23:39)
1 hr 34 min
Jul 8, 2022
Episode 44 - Shane Wright and Draft Recap
The Kraken have drafted Shane Wright with the 4th pick in the 2022 Draft! We talk about the Shane Wright pick and what he means for the Kraken (4:08), Jagger Firkus in the 2nd round (28:27), and evaluate the other 9 picks in this year's draft (35:35) Finally we cover some Kraken news: Development Camp (11:11:00), Steve Briere (1:13:11), Jessica Campbell (1:15:43)
1 hr 23 min
Jul 1, 2022
Episode 43 - NHL Draft Preview
It's time for our NHL Draft preview! We start with some news about discounted Kraken tickets (3:58) and have a necessary conversation about the Kraken's core (11:52). Then we dig into the mailbag and answer your questions about the 2022 NHL Draft (19:22).
1 hr 14 min
Jun 20, 2022
Episode 42 - Driedger Injury, Jay Leach Rumors, & More
In this episode, we discuss the fallout from Chris Driedger's ACL injury (4:42), Jay Leach to Boston rumors (23:49), Seattle's broadcast finishing 2nd in The Athletic's broadcast rankings (33:15), another European free agent signing (42:10), and a pair of Kraken players hanging out with PK Subban (48:56).
May 16, 2022
Episode 41 - Expansion Draft Re-Draft
In this much-anticipated episode, we re-draft the Kraken's expansion draft with the benefit of a year's worth of hindsight (3:56)
1 hr 18 min
May 9, 2022
Episode 40 - Season Review Part 2: Player Grades
We start part two of our Season Review with some news: Should the Kraken hire Barry Trotz? (2:23), Kraken players going to IIHF Worlds (11:29), and a pair of signings (14:29). Then we move on to player grades. Goalies: (18:11) Defensemen: (29:15) Forwards: (50:16)
1 hr 35 min
May 3, 2022
Episode 39 - Season Review Part 1
In Part 1 of our season review, RJ dives into what he learned at the Kraken's end-of-season media day (0:06), and we look at some big-picture takeaways from the Kraken's season as a whole (42:48).
1 hr 5 min
Apr 25, 2022
Episode 38 - Everything Everywhere All At Once
Lots to cover in this week's The Deep Dive. RJ recaps news from today's practice including injury updates (2:55), Jaden Schwartz's nomination for the Masterton Trophy (5:15), Dennis Cholowski's call-up (7:37), and Joey Daccord's wild ride back to Seattle (11:25). Then Dylan shares his experiences from the Kraken's recent three game win streak (24:00) and we break down the subsequent two game losing streak (41:44). Finally, we look into the possibility of trading for Kevin Fiala (45:07) and the newly released Draft Lottery odds (49:27).
Apr 17, 2022
Episode 37 - Matty Beniers Has Arrived
We can't help but rave about Matty Beniers some more in this episode, talking about his style of play (2:58), Hakstol's praise (13:14), Media focus on Beniers' age (16:36), Matty's linemates (25:15), and teammates taking him under their wing (39:22). Then we look into a recent tactical change and its effect on the Kraken D (43:47).
1 hr 1 min
Apr 10, 2022
Episode 36 - Matty Beniers is a Kraken!
Matty Beniers has signed with the Seattle Kraken! In this week’s podcast, we discuss when we can expect to see him on the ice (2:25), how his entry-level contract works (7:07), what we're looking for in tomorrow's practice (11:15), where we’d put him in the lineup (14:13), and what our expectations are for him this season (30:28).
Apr 4, 2022
Episode 35 - Hakstol, Goalies, and Leadership
It's a Dave Hakstol-centric episode of The Deep Dive this week, as we tackle a few questions and issues with the Kraken's coaching. Kole Lind's first NHL goal (5:00) Seattle's new-look forward lines (7:33), Listener question about how line combos work (12:05), Hakstol's line shuffling (20:10), Chris Driedger seeing a sports psychologist (29:02), Hakstol's comments to the media (40:40), The two SEA-VGK games (49:45).
1 hr 3 min
Mar 28, 2022
Episode 34 - A Deep Dive Into Vegas With SinBin.vegas' Ken Boehlke
In this episode, SinBin.Vegas' Ken Boehlke joins us to talk Golden Knights and Kraken ahead of the two SEA-VGK games this week. What's gone wrong for VGK this season? (1:20), How do SEA and VGK philosophies differ? (8:34), Dadonov trade (12:51), SEA-VGK rivalry (22:00), Growing the game (29:13), Eichel trade (36:56), Thoughts on Seattle (44:00).
Mar 21, 2022
Episode 33: Trade Deadline Special
It's an ECH trade deadline special! We talk about each trade- Jarnkrok (0:57), Giordano + Blackwell (3:58), Lauzon (16:28), Appleton (20:40), Johansson (24:14). Then we look at the big picture and what these moves mean for Ron Francis' vision of the Kraken's future (31:25).
Mar 14, 2022
Episode 32: Wheels and Doors
In this episode, we talk about Kole Lind diving into Twitter controversy (1:08), Alison Lukan filling in on the Kraken broadcast (7:28), Jared McCann's contract extension (12:08), Mark Giordano hitting 1,000 games (22:25), trade value and destinations for Giordano and Jarnkrok (26:33), and angry goalies (55:31).
Mar 7, 2022
Episode 31 - Pre Trade Deadline Free Agent Frenzy
In this episode, we bid farewell to Austin Czarnik (0:58), explore some of the Kraken players' personalities through charity baskets (2:40), and do a deep dive into what we learned from Ron Francis' media availability last week (16:35).
1 hr 13 min
Feb 28, 2022
Episode 30 - Ron The Builder
In this episode, we start by talking about the last two week's Kraken games (4:43), providing a few injury updates (10:07), evaluating the new look Kraken lines (13:13), and RJ sharing his experience from attending the Battle of the Sound WHL game (20:55). Then we do a deep dive into the team building process and how each area applies to the Kraken (25:05).
1 hr 6 min
Feb 14, 2022
Episode 29 - Kraken Super Skills Showcase
in this episode, RJ shares his stories, thoughts, and takeaways from the Kraken's Super Skills Showcase. Fastest dresser (7:45), Stick taping challenge (9:40), Shooting accuracy (11:25), Relay race (17:45), Puck juggling challenge (23:54), Fastest skater (28:03), Hardest shot (29:40), Breakaway challenge (41:37), 3-on-3 (47:57).
Feb 7, 2022
Episode 28 - All-Star Weekend and Advanced Stats
In this episode, we review the NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition (0:46), discuss Jordan Eberle's performance as the first Kraken All-Star (24:24), give our predictions for the Kraken's Super Skills Showcase (30:44), and dive deeper into a few advanced stats we like to use, explaining what they are and how they help us understand the game (47:44).
1 hr 10 min
Jan 31, 2022
Episode 27 - Ron Francis Deep Dive
In this episode, we look at this week's Kraken games (1:55) and Kraken's Super Skills Showcase event (16:36), before doing a deep dive into Ron Francis' GM tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes - Draft (20:39), Trades (53:30).
1 hr 26 min
Jan 24, 2022
Episode 26 - Mid-Season Grades
We start off this episode with a look at Brandon Tanev's new off-ice role with the Kraken (2:25), the Coachella Valley Firebirds' jerseys (4:45), Davy Jones (7:43), and this week's Kraken games (9:59). Then we give our mid-season Kraken player grades! - Goalies (23:34), Defense (31:17), Forwards (57:02)
1 hr 30 min
Jan 17, 2022
Episode 25 - That's not Chris Driedger!
In this episode, RJ tells the story of Andrew Allen filling in for Chris Driedger at yesterday's practice (0:13), then we react to the Kraken's new pregame show (9:33) and Jordan Eberle being named an All-Star (18:15), talk about the last week of Kraken games (21:41), and ask what it would take for Hakstol to be fired mid-season (38:00). Finally, RJ shares his experience from the Pacific Science Center's Hockey: Faster Than Ever exhibit (45:32) and Dylan highlights the importance of the Hockey Talks mental health awareness initiative (51:33).
Jan 10, 2022
Episode 24 - The Deep Dive
The Emerald City Hockey Podcast is now The Deep Dive! In this episode, we go over some takeaways from the Kraken's full week of practice (2:09), ask if we should start rooting for losses (12:01), react to Ron Francis' ESPN interview (22:00), decide which upcoming free agents the Kraken should keep or trade (40:08), and look at the Kraken's record with and without certain players (1:01:37).
1 hr 9 min
Jan 3, 2022
Episode 23 - How did we get here?
In this episode, we look at the three types of coaches (5:07), then ask three questions about how the Kraken got here: Were the Kraken too analytics-focused in the expansion draft? (22:17), Which players are regressing due to a change of scenery? (33:14) Do Kraken players lack hockey sense? (38:05) Finally, we look at what's in store for the Kraken the rest of this season (48:02) and talk about what it's been like being media this season. (53:32).
1 hr 4 min
Dec 27, 2021
Episode 22 - Winter Mailbag
In this episode, we give some updates on the Kraken's COVID and injury situation coming out of the holiday break (3:43), then dive into the mailbag and answer your Kraken questions (10:54).
Dec 23, 2021
Bonus Free Patreon Podcast
With the NHL taking an unexpected long holiday break, we decided to drop a bonus podcast. To give everyone a better idea of what our bonus podcasts are like, we decided to make this one free to everyone, so you can find it on our regular podcast feed and YouTube channel as well. In this episode, we talk about the NHL pausing the season through the holiday break (0:55), Then take a broader look around the league with takeaways and surprises from the NHL standings (11:34), statistical leaders (41:45), and Stanley Cup Final predictions (1:11:17).
1 hr 18 min
Dec 20, 2021
Episode 21 - Kraken Christmas Wishlist
In this episode, we recap the NHL's latest COVID news (0:21), discuss last week's Kraken games (9:40) and Seattle's concerning lack of physicality (31:23). Finally, we give suggestions for items on each Kraken player's Christmas wishlist. (40:31)
1 hr 4 min
Dec 13, 2021
Episode 20 - Kraken at the Olympics
In this episode, we recap the week's Kraken games (0:21), then talk about the Kraken's COVID issues (25:40), whether NHL players will go to the Olympics (29:07), and which Kraken players will make their national Olympic teams (37:05),
1 hr 1 min
Dec 6, 2021
Episode 19 - Chicken & Mascots & Jerseys, Oh My!
In this episode, RJ reviews Shaq's Big Chicken (0:50), then we discuss last week's Kraken games (4:37), a potential Mason Appleton trade (22:24), The Kraken's soon-to-be-released mascot (34:10), and what a Kraken Stadium Series jersey should look like (45:25).
Nov 29, 2021
Episode 18 - What's Working For The Kraken
In this episode, we celebrate Will Borgen finally being freed (1:44), break down this week's games against Washington (7:14), Carolina (11:45), Tampa Bay (14:37), and Florida (21:57) , compare Driedger and Grubauer's goaltending styles (25:19), dive into some reasons for the Kraken's recent success (31:09) , and look at some lineup questions going forward (42:40).
Nov 22, 2021
Episode 17 - Roster Review
In this episode, we introduce our Patreon (1:36) then do a roster review, looking at each Kraken player's play so far this season. Forwards (7:16), Defense (44:00), Goalies (1:03:35)
1 hr 13 min
Nov 15, 2021
Episode 16 - Hakstol and Goaltending
In this episode, Dylan talks about his visit to Seattle (1:27), then we ask a pair of major questions about the Kraken's recent struggles: Is Dave Hakstol the right coach for the Kraken? (9:52) and which is more to blame for the Kraken's defensive woes, defense or goaltending? (47:53)
1 hr 4 min
Nov 8, 2021
Episode 15 - You Can't Out-Pizza The Hut
In this episode, we recap the week's Kraken games (0:20), talk about a hilarious Morgan Geekie interview (27:13), debate the effect of the Jack Eichel trade (33:53), and reveal the RJ and Dylan friendship origin story (54:53)
1 hr 4 min
Nov 1, 2021
Episode 14 - Early Season Mailbag
In this episode, we recap this week's Kraken games (0:20), Talk about the recent Chicago Blackhawks investigation (20:10), dive into our listener mailbag (34:34), and provide an important Dylan update (1:04:00).
1 hr 12 min
Oct 25, 2021
Episode 13 - Home Opener
In this episode, RJ talks about his experience covering the Kraken's home opener against the Vancouver Canucks, then we assess the Kraken's on-ice play as they find themselves in a four-game losing streak. Overall takeaways (0:21), Climate Pledge Arena (4:45), Pregame Show (16:14), In-Game Experience (24:34), Evaluating The Kraken's Play (35:45)
1 hr 6 min
Oct 18, 2021
Episode 12 - Kraken In-Game Experience
In this episode, we go over some takeaways from the Kraken's first three games (0:20), debate the NHL's "loser point" for OT losses (21:22), take a look around the Pacific Division (27:34), talk about an early leaguewide trend (32:00), and give our much-anticipated thoughts on what we'd like the Kraken in-game experience to be (36:25).
1 hr 1 min
Oct 10, 2021
Episode 11 - Bring On The Regular Season
In this episode, we introduce you to ECH Postgame Live (0:21), preview the Kraken's first game in Las Vegas (4:04), recap the Kraken's final preseason game against the Canucks (6:40), go over the Kraken's likely opening night lineup (12:09), discuss the Kraken's captaincy situation (30:14), and explore why hockey injuries differ from injuries in other sports (33:38).
Oct 4, 2021
Episode 10 - Preseason Roster Breakdown
In this episode, we discuss Robin Lehner's recent allegations, then do a player-by-player breakdown of the Kraken roster, giving our thoughts on how each player has fared during the preseason. Lehner (3:42), Overall preseason thoughts (9:32), Goalies (19:16), Defensemen (24:16), Forwards (47:50)
1 hr 20 min
Sep 27, 2021
Episode 9 - Training Camp Thoughts
In this episode, RJ recaps all the storylines from his first week covering the Seattle Kraken's training camp. Overall thoughts (1:03), Lines (2:08), Systems (6:35), Goalies (8:10), Defense speed (9:40), Offensive defensemen (11:27), Forward tendencies (12:48), Scoring outlook (13:59), Roster bubble guys (16:20), Young players (19:00), Yanni Gourde (22:01), Player personalities (23:30)
Sep 22, 2021
ECH Special: Pacific Division Preview
In this ECH Special edition of the podcast, RJ and Dylan introduce each team in the Kraken's division and discuss their outlook for the upcoming season. Seattle Kraken (1:17), Anaheim Ducks (1:57), San Jose Sharks (5:40), Los Angeles Kings (10:19), Vancouver Canucks (17:33), Calgary Flames (25:12), Edmonton Oilers (30:25), Vegas Golden Knights (37:15)
Sep 13, 2021
Episode 8 - Kraken Community Iceplex
In this episode, RJ and Dylan discuss seeing actual Kraken players on the ice for the first time (0:20), then RJ shares his takeaways after seeing the brand new Kraken Community Iceplex (4:23). Finally, they discuss the Kraken's helmet sponsor logo (17:51), and Philipp Grubauer's new mask and pads (19:17).
Sep 6, 2021
Episode 7 - Olympics, Offer Sheets, and Hall of Famers
In this episode, RJ and Dylan discuss the news that NHL players will play in the Olympics (0:20), The Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet fallout (5:24), Ways the Kraken could troll the Canucks with an Elias Pettersson offer sheet (10:53). Finally, they try to name the most likely future Hockey Hall of Famer currently on each NHL roster (16:30).
Aug 30, 2021
Episode 6 - Summer Mailbag
In this episode, RJ and Dylan discuss the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet (0:22) before answering your Seattle Kraken questions - How many wins will the Kraken have next season? (9:55), Who will lead the Kraken in each statistical category? (12:48), Who will be the Kraken's first captain? (21:27), Would Beniers burn a year of his ELC by signing in April? (25:35), What should we call the Kraken-Canucks rivalry? (29:00) Which Kraken players will be in the 2022 Olympics? (34:12) Can we come up with any catchy line names? (48:02)
Aug 23, 2021
Episode 5 - NHL22, Jersey Ads, and Matty Beniers
In this episode, RJ and Dylan discuss the recent NHL22 cover announcement (0:20), Matty Beniers returning to Michigan next season (10:25), The Antoine Bibeau signing (14:20), NHL jersey ads (15:35), The Coyotes needing a new home (again) (30:40), and a trio of NHL Drafts with something special in common (35:59).
Aug 16, 2021
Episode 4 - Pettersson Offer Sheet?
In this episode, RJ and Dylan discuss the idea of the Kraken offer sheeting Canucks center Elias Pettersson (2:50), the NHL releasing game start times (18:30), Dan Bylsma and Andrew Allen hires (21:00), and a pair of Kraken RFA signings (29:16).
Aug 9, 2021
Episode 3 - Contracts, Water, and Practice
In this episode, RJ and Dylan discuss the Kraken's latest free agent signings (2:53), Kraken practices being open to the public (20:40), Climate Pledge Arena's water bottle filling stations (28:56), New NHL salary cap projections (34:20), and the Darnell Nurse contract extension (39:34)
Aug 2, 2021
Episode 2 - Free Agency and Playoff Prospects
In this week's podcast, RJ and Dylan discuss the Kraken's three big free agent signings (0:43), the Philipp Grubauer's contract mistake (16:02), Future offseason moves the Kraken could make (21:07), Vince Dunn filing for arbitration (30:32), How good we expect the Kraken to be this season (34:42), The outlook for a Jack Eichel trade (42:50), and quick hits on news from around the NHL (48:07).
Jul 18, 2021
ECH Special: Reviewing All 30 Expansion Draft Protection Lists
In the first ever episode of the Emerald City Hockey Podcast, RJ and Dylan do a deep dive into all 30 of the newly released expansion draft protection lists. They give their take on who the Kraken should select and what we can expect from the Kraken in their first season. If you're looking for your favorite team, we went in alphabetical order.
1 hr 41 min
Jul 15, 2021
Emerald City Hockey Podcast Trailer
Welcome to the Emerald City Hockey Podcast! Join RJ and Dylan as they discuss each week's Seattle Kraken news and top stories from around the NHL.