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The Capitals Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Capitals beat reporter Rob Carlin and highlights all members of our Capitals coverage team. Carlin will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape.

The Capitals Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Capitals beat reporter Rob Carlin and highlights all members of our Capitals coverage team. Carlin will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape.


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The Capitals Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Capitals beat reporter Rob Carlin and highlights all members of our Capitals coverage team. Carlin will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape.




All-Time Caps Fantasy Draft Round Table

Rob and JJ are joined by a whole cast of characters to draft an all-time Caps team that includes 6 starters and 2 bench spots. John Walton, Joe Beninati, Ben Raby and Ryan Billie round out the participants, as they attempt to craft the best Caps Fantasy team of all time. And be sure to read JJ's corresponding article ( that breaks down the draft = who had the sleeper picks, and of course,...


Breaking Down the Todd Reirden Press Conference

Rob Carlin and JJ Regan are joined by Ben Raby from the Washington Capitals Radio Network to break down Todd Reirden's Monday media availability. Reirden talked about the state of the team as they await more information on the start of the season. There was some notable news -- including who will be the #1 goaltender when the season resumes, and whether Caps fans will see one of the top prospects in the organization when the puck drops again.


HOFers Bryan Trottier and Larry Murphy preview 3-ICE and talk Ovechkin, Backstrom and Carlson

Rob is joined by two Hall-of-Famers, Bryan Trottier and Larry Murphy, to discuss the new 3-on-3 hockey league debuting next summer. The pair have 10 Stanley Cup Championships between them - Murphy, the former Cap defenseman, won 4 with the Penguins and Red Wings; Trotter won 4 with the Islanders and 2 with the Penguins. Along with the start-up league, you'll want to hear if they think Alex Ovechkin will eventually pass Wayne Gretzky for most goals in NHL history, and whether John Carlson...


Braden Holtby Speaks Out

Rob Carlin and JJ Regan are joined by Mike Vogel from to react to the comments made by Braden Holtby to the media about the George Floyd protests, as well as the NHL returning. Holtby made some strong statements about using his platform to make a difference in the world when it comes to racial injustices and police brutality. The veteran netminder also went on to give his thoughts on the NHL's return to play plan and what exactly he has been doing to keep himself in shape.


Brian MacLellan on the playoffs - and a prospect that could help the Caps this season

Rob, JJ and Ben Raby highlight the headlines from Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan's media availability on Friday. Perhaps the biggest news from MacLellan involved one of the Caps' top prospects, Connor McMichael, and the chances he joins the team for the playoff run. MacLellan also weighs in on the revised playoff format -- and who it favors.


Teammates in Life: Caleb Green and Bob McDonald

Rob has brought together two of the most iconic National Anthem singers in the NHL, Caleb Green and Bob McDonald, onto the pod to discuss their inspiring friendship that began in the service and has spilled over to the ice. The two Capitals legends discuss how they began singing together and what winning the championship in 2018 has meant to them.


CAPITALS TALK EMERGENCY POD - NHL Announces Return to Play Plan

Some good news for Caps and hockey fans -- The NHL announced a 'Return To Play' plan once it is deemed safe to resume on-ice action. Rob Carlin is joined by play-by-play voice Joe Beninati and NBCSW Caps Insider JJ Regan to discuss what it all means for the Caps. From the 24 team playoff format - to what the end of the regular season means in terms of individual accolades for Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson - and whether the time off can help Washington in their chase for the Stanley Cup, the...


2 Good Deeds - SC Stingrays Owner Todd Halloran and Caps Center Lars Eller

Rob and JJ are joined by Todd Halloran, owner of the Caps ECHL affiliate South Carolina Stingrays. The players in the ECHL didn't get their final paychecks thanks to the COVID-19 shutdown. So, the owner held an auction of the team's jerseys - and pledged to double the amount raised. In the 2nd part of the Pod, Rob catches up with Caps Center Lars Eller, who is helping DC's homeless during the pandemic in a unique way.


Nick Cotsonika Interview on Gary Bettman Media Call

Rob is joined by Nick Cotsonika from to discuss Commissioner Gary Bettman's recent statements at a Digital Keynote Interview With Leaders on the return of the NHL season. Nick gives his thoughts on the likelihood of the season coming back, what it would look like, where it would take place and what he took away from what the Commissioner had to say.


Hershey Bears Update

Rob and JJ update the ongoing negotiations with the Capitals AHL farm team, the Hershey Bears. The two also discuss the Bears season being cut short - and look at the Bears who could help a potential playoff run if the season resumes.


Kuznetsov Goal in Pittsburgh Anniversary

It has been 2 years since Evgeny Kutznetsov's game winning goal in Pittsburgh finally lifted the Caps past their arch rivals. Rob chats with Kutznetsov about his big moment and Evgeny gives a surprising answer as to what he thinks is the biggest goal of his career. Rob also is then joined by Brian McNally, Ryan Billie, and Ben Raby for their memories of that historic evening in franchise history.


Joel Ward Interview on Retirement

Joel Ward, a name who will always be part of Caps Playoff history, joins Rob to discuss his decision to officially retire from the NHL. Ward talks about growing up in Toronto, the famous Game 7 goal to beat Boston, Washington's pursuits of winning the Cup, and more.


Nic Dowd Interview

Rob is joined by Caps forward Nic Dowd & his wife Paige to talk about "Dowd's Crowd", their charitable venture to assist children with Autism attend games in a safe environment. Nic also gives his thoughts on the possibility of the NHL playing neutral site games this year and all the circumstances that would come it.


Memories from the Voices of the Caps

You've heard them on Caps games for decades. Joe B., Locker, and Smokin' Al join Rob to share some of their best memories (and a few not so fun ones) from their long tenures of broadcasting Capitals games on television.


Stories on the "Beat"

Hear from 4 guys who have spent their careers covering hockey day in and day out. Rob, J.J., Brian, and Ben share the fun stories, the embarrassing moments, the truly memorable times, and more. Plus, their takes on the Nats World Series Zoom Reunion (27:52).


John Carlson Conference Call

John Carlson spoke with the media today, as it has nearly been a month since the season was suspended. He addresses questions how he's been keeping busy, how he's staying in shape, what a return to the ice might be like for players after a long layoff, and more. Plus, Rob & Ben Raby look at the great season Carlson was having as he is in the running for the Norris Trophy and the current questions facing the NHL.


Todd Reirden's Concerns Outside of Hockey

Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden held a conference call with the media and a large part of the conversation about his teenage son, who has a immunodeficiency disorder and his current concerns during this time. Plus, Reirden talks about what the Caps & the rest of NHL will have to work through upon their return to the ice, whenever that might be. Finally (33:26), Rob, J.J., Brian, and Ben Raby also note an important Capitals anniversary today you might not know about.


Nicklas Backstrom the Dad & Garnet Hathaway Interview

Caps forward Garnet Hathaway joins Rob to talk about his mission to help serve the Arlington County first responders during the pandemic. Rob, J.J., and Brian also discuss Nicklas Backstrom’s conference call with the media where he talks about being a brand-new Dad and if he’d be open to resuming the season without fans if need be.


Brian MacLellan Conference Call Recap

Caps GM Brian MacLellan spoke with the media on Monday to update what he could regarding the team and the NHL season. Rob, Brian, & J.J. dive into his answers as MacLellan navigates through this unprecedented time in modern hockey.


Cup Rewind: Looking back at the Columbus Series

NBC Sports Washington recently re-aired Games 3-6 of the Columbus series from 2018 where the run to the Stanley Cup began, after falling behind 0-2 to the Jackets. Rob, Brian, and J.J. take this opportunity to look back at the First Round that led to the Caps finally hoisting the Cup in Las Vegas.