NHL Top Shelf

NHL Top Shelf

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The NHL desk from USA TODAY Sports - Kevin Allen, Jimmy Hascup, Kristen Shilton and Peter Barzilai - talks all things hockey. We'll discuss league issues and interview players, coaches and executives.

Episodes

Free agency recap; chat with Coyotes coach Dave Tippett  

USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup wrap up the NHL's free agency period, which featured a lot of action early and not much else. They provide their favorite and least favorite signings while also giving their winners and losers of the offseason. Jimmy and Kevin then welcome Dave Tippett, Coyotes executive vice president of hockey operations and head coach, to discuss his new title, young team, new general manager and Arizona's playoff potential after an impressive offseason. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter at @jhascup22 and @ByKevinAllen.

Free agency frenzy has arrived  

NHL free agency is in full bloom after the Lightning re-signed Steven Stamkos, so Jimmy Hascup and Kevin Allen of USA TODAY Sports are on hand to put it all under a microscope. Jimmy and Kevin discuss Kevin's top 20 free agents of this offseason, and predict where five key guys might wind up. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter at @jhascup22 and @ByKevinAllen.

Draft discussion with Kyle Woodlief  

Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports get the offseason started by delving into in-depth analysis of the upcoming NHL draft and its possibilities. Kevin and Jimmy also welcome Kyle Woodlief, chief scout for Red Line Report, for further draft discussion, including who has a chance to shine during their rookie season. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @ByKevinAllen and Jimmy at @jhascup22.

Wrapping up the Stanley Cup Final  

USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup break down the Stanley Cup that was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and look ahead to next season. Can the San Jose Sharks make another run? Who are the top teams entering the offseason?

Glancing at Stanley Cup Final  

Special occasions call for special guests, so as the Stanley Cup Final begins the Top Shelf team increases by one. USA TODAY Sports' Jimmy Hascup, Kevin Allen and Kristen Shilton are joined by colleague A.J. Perez to discuss Game 1 between the Penguins and Sharks, and the long-term expectations for the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup. The foursome also touch on Gary Bettman's address, which implied a decision on expansion is just around the corner and NHL players in the Olympics could be a thing of the past.

NHL.com's Dan Rosen talks conference finals  

NHL.com reporter Dan Rosen joins the Top Shelf trio of Jimmy Hascup, Kevin Allen and Kristen Shilton to discuss the status of the conference finals thus far. Follow the work of Jimmy, Kevin and Kristen at www.usatoday.com/nhl, as well as on Twitter: @jhascup22, @ByKevin Allen and @kristen_shilton.

Conference finals edition  

Jimmy Hascup, Kristen Shilton and Kevin Allen of USA TODAY Sports get together for an in-depth breakdown of the NHL's final four teams, and a wrap-up of the teams that fell short of the conference finals. Kevin also gives his take on Darryl Sutter's new deal with the Kings, and all three give their star of the week and penalty box selections. Rate and subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nhl-top-shelf/id997948857?mt=2 Read more from Kevin, Jimmy and Kristen at www.usatoday.com/nhl

Sharks sharings and other playoff ponderings  

The postseason rolls on, and so does the team of Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup. In this edition the trio is joined by Curtis Pashelka, who covers the Sharks for Bay Area News Group, to talk about San Jose's impressive run and current series against the Predators. Then Kevin, Kristen and Jimmy delve into the rest of the playoff series, asking: Are the Capitals goners against the Penguins? Who will emerge from the Blues-Stars battle? And can the Islanders come back against the Lightning? Also be sure to hear Kristen's impassioned reasons for her penalty box selection this week.

Pete Weber talks Predators; Boudreau out; Revised picks  

The Top Shelf team of Jimmy Hascup, Kevin Allen and Kristen Shilton bring on play-by-play voice of the Predators, Pete Weber, to talk about Nashville's elimination of the Ducks and its upcoming series against the Sharks. Kristen, Kevin and Jimmy also weigh in on Anaheim's firing of coach Bruce Boudreau after a fourth consecutive Game 7 ousting, and they make ever-so-slight revisions to their postseason predictions.

Kane saves Blackhawks, Lightning advance, Ducks-Preds even  

A weary-eyed Kevin Allen, a goalie-loving Kristen Shilton and host Jimmy Hascup dive into another postseason edition. The trio chime in on Patrick Kane's game-winning -- and season-saving -- double-overtime goal for the Blackhawks, and what it means for their series against the Blues; Whether the Lightning's elimination of the Red Wings in five games holds much weight; and if the Ducks can finish their comeback from two games down against the Predators. And, of course, don't miss who the team labels stars and puts in the penalty box.

Early postseason perusals  

Kevin Allen, Jimmy Hascup and Kristen Shilton give very early takes on all eight first-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs and share their predications for each. And, as always, the trio provide their stars of the week and who's in the penalty box.

Panthers GM Dale Tallon and postseason chatter  

In the last show of the regular season, Jimmy Hascup, Kristen Shilton and Kevin Allen of USA TODAY Sports give their favorites to win the final two postseason berths in the Eastern Conference between the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. Later they are joined by Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon, who discusses his team's unique chemistry, what contributed to this year's playoff push and how the expectations in Sunrise are changing.

What's to come from Duncan Keith's vicious retaliation?  

This shortened version focuses on Duncan Keith's swing heard round the hockey world. USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup break down what happened and what should happen to the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman after his vicious hit on Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle. And how will it affect the defending Stanley Cup champions come playoff time?

Duncan Keith fallout; Jim Rutherford talks Penguins  

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford joins USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup for this latest episode. Pittsburgh is currently third in the Eastern Conference, and the veteran executive discusses what has fallen into place for his Penguins. Kevin, Kristen and Jimmy then tackle Jimmy Vesey's free agency decision and, of course, the Duncan Keith fiasco, including what should happen to the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman after his vicious hit on Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle. And find out which team earned the dubious honor of having a handful of players thrown into the penalty box this week.

GM Ron Hextall examines Flyers recent surge  

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall joins the show to talk about his team making a run at the postseason. Then Jimmy Hascup, Kevin Allen and Kristen Shilton discuss the beasts of the East not named the Washington Capitals, along with the under-the-radar San Jose Sharks -- all while Kevin battles a cold and Kristen battles Michigan traffic.

GM meetings, Tyler Seguin injury, Flyers rolling  

USA TODAY Sports NHL columnist Kevin Allen recaps the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. Then, he, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup discuss kids in an NHL locker room, Tyler Seguin's injury, and the surging Flyers.

Chatting Rangers, Ducks, Drouin and playoffs  

USA TODAY Sports' Jimmy Hascup, Kristen Shilton and Hockey Hall of Famer Kevin Allen bring on Pat Leonard of the "New York Daily News" to talk everything New York Rangers. Jimmy, Kristen and Kevin also discuss the red hot Anaheim Ducks, Jonathan Drouin's lifted suspension and just how clear the playoff picture is entering the stretch run.

NHL trade deadline passes without much excitement  

Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports summarize the winners, losers, highlights and lowlights of this year's NHL trade deadline, which Kevin compares to a not-so-successful fishing trip.

Who will get dealt at the NHL trade deadline?  

Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman joins the Top Shelf crew of Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup to discuss the latest trade rumors. He gives the inside info on who thinks gets dealt, and the buyers/sellers. Is Eric Staal the perfect fit for the New York Rangers? Plus, Kristen, Kevin and Jimmy name their stars and pick those who deserve to be in the penalty box.

Talking 'Hockey Weekend Across America' with Jim Johannson  

The Top Shelf trio of Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports bring on Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, to discuss the ninth annual "Hockey Weekend Across America" and several of today's young stars. Then they talk Steven Stamkos staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning and whether the recent Washington Capitals-Los Angeles Kings matchup could be a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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