Not meaning to attack Tarik personally, but I think the Caps are one of the more poorly-served teams on the Athletic. I follow every NHL team’s coverage on the Athletic and my impression is the Caps’ coverage seems to be less frequent than many teams’, and often less detailed or distinct. It’s rare that I find a piece by Tarik (or Chris before him) that has a very different perspective to what Samantha Pell or NBCSN are producing, and the content can feel very ‘here are some facts to throw your way’ rather than in-depth interviewing or analysis. I’m not just meaning the juggernaut teams like Toronto who get multiple writers and daily updates. Look at the content Joe Smith produces for Tampa Bay Lightning and it tends to have much more depth, more frequent interviews (that aren’t just quotes from press conferences), analysis with richer recent and historical comparisons or contexts, and a stronger awareness and understanding of competing teams’ threats and issues. Generally, the pieces are just a lot longer, too. Many other teams’ beats regularly include short videos or GIFs to illustrate their analysis of plays or players. For an example of the thinner Caps analysis, look at Tarik’s recent article on the Caps and the Expansion Draft. In it, he makes the assumption that the Caps won’t protect Oshie, but the only analysis he provides is about whether the Kraken would take him or not – rather than why the Caps won’t protect him. Most other commentators I’ve seen have argued that, although the contract might look ugly in the near-to-long term future, Oshie is too integral a part of the Caps core to move on and still be competitive. Now I’m fine with someone arguing Oshie shouldn’t be protected, or indeed that the sense they get from insiders is the Caps won’t protect him, but you have to explain your logic. Otherwise it’s neither journalism or analysis, just a guy writing stuff for the hell of it. (For context, he included Alex Ovechkin in his mock protection list, even though he went to great pains to stress Ovi probably won’t be protected because he won’t be resigned until after the ED. Instead, he suggested maybe Dowd, who’ll be a UFA after next season, would be the 7th forward on the list. Again, no analysis or explanation as to why Dowd > Oshie or Sprong). I don’t know if the Caps are much more controlling of access than other teams, or if it’s simply that budgets at WaPo and the Athletic are a lot lower for the Caps than equivalents for other teams, but it is frustrating as a fan (and paying subscriber).