Category Archives: Tarik El-Bashir

The Curious Case of Jason La Canfora’s Disappearing Tweets

There was great volume of high-pitched conversation about the Capitals taking place late last Thursday night, near the end of the Penguins’ 5-2 seal-clubbing of the Caps, and the most intriguing of it emanated from the Twitter feed of former … Continue reading

Posted in Jason LaCanfora, New media, Tarik El-Bashir, Twitter, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 11 Comments

Appreciated Callout

Scored us some love from WaPost today, and we send it right back. From Tarik to Steinz to Boz and all the paper’s photogs, there was rich and deeply reflective coverage of this historic week for hockey here by the … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, Dan Steinberg, Media, OFB, Tarik El-Bashir, Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, Washington the hockey town | 5 Comments

Failure’s Blame Stretches Far and Wide

Some random observations and notes-sharing from a remarkable last 72 hours: There’s standup, and then there’s what Gabby offered the Washington Post’s Tarik El Bashir Wednesday morning — actually agreeing with Capitals management that it was time for a change … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter, George McPhee, Joe Finley, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Print, Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 4 Comments

An Offseason in Bullets (with, Hopefully Soon, Our Old Bullets Back)

Let’s say that like me you approached this offseason as an occasion to distance yourself from hockey a bit, to treat our sport’s summer developments with comparative indifference relative to recent years. First-round flameouts by Cup heavies can breed that. … Continue reading

Posted in Comcast SportsNet, D. J. King, Lisa Hillary, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Tarik El-Bashir, Ted Leonsis, TV, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 2 Comments

The Summer of Fat Albert Brings Bad News for the Hockey Beat

At the very top of the hockey media hierarchy here there have been ominous departures this summer — Tarik El Bashir is pursuing new beats within the Post’s sports department, ones which won’t require anywhere near the travel commitments the … Continue reading

Posted in Comcast SportsNet, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Philadelphia Flyers, Print, Tarik El-Bashir, TV, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 27 Comments

Interview With Alzner

On Wednesday, 106.7’s Overtime w/ Bill Rohland featured a Hershey Bear who’s sure to have a big impact in D.C. this season: Karl Alzner. According to Tarik:

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but McPhee pretty much said both John Carlson and Karl Alzner will be full-timers in Washington next season. “He’s shown us enough,” McPhee said of Alzner, who scored a huge goal in the first period of Monday’s Calder Cup-clinching win and was a rock on the blue line. “He could have been in the NHL last year. But the way our team was playing last year, we didn’t want to tinker with the chemistry too much and we thought he would be better off if we kept him playing. He’s a guy we expect to be in Washington.”

Listen to the audio here, if nothing else, to hear him explain how he looked like Wolverine for the team photo. Continue reading

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From the Author of Gabby, a First-Rate Take on New Media and Hockey

A reporter of Tim Leone’s accomplishments and stature doesn’t need any advice from me on how to tackle a story, but when he interviewed me last month about bloggers and their role in covering the Caps, I emphasized the importance … Continue reading

Posted in Brett Leonhardt, Mike Vogel, Tarik El-Bashir, Ted Leonsis, Tim Leone, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | Leave a comment

First Fifth Review

The first fifth of the Capitals’ season leaves the club with a 10-3-4 record, 24 points, and a first-place tie for the the conference lead with the archrival Penguins. But is the Capitals position in the standings reflective of an … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, American Hockey League, Brian Pothier, Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Florida Panthers, Hershey Bears, Jeff Schultz, Jose Theodore, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Green, Milan Jurcina, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tarik El-Bashir, Tom Poti, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

A Homecoming Debut

By now you know the Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tyler Sloan from Hershey for this west coast road trip.¬† It is expected that Sloan will make his NHL debut tonight in his native city of Calgary. A nice piece … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Corey Masisak, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Minor Pro Hockey, Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Post, Washington Times | 2 Comments

Open File: Duchesne Cup Championship

[Check out the first published photos of the presentation of the Duchesne Cup.] I alone among camp chroniclers am sporting a playoff beard during the Duchesne Cup Challenge, but I was also a big Gator fan. Bruce Boudreau gets the … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, Corey Masisak, Former Coaches & Players, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Lisa Hillary, Media, Prospects, Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Capitals, Washington Post, Washington Times | 9 Comments