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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 02/12/2011

Capitals' players-only meeting underscores urgency

By Gene Wang

Nothing smacks of desperation quite like the dreaded players-only meeting, so when the Washington Capitals conducted their own immediately following a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles this afternoon, there was no mistaking the dire circumstances in which the team is mired heading into a week-long road trip.

Players remained in the locker room for 10-plus minutes shortly after the loss, their longest interlude this season before addressing the media, and the collective message focused on consistency and commitment with the playoffs in mind. The Capitals haven't had much of either lately, losing five of seven and dropping their six game in a row to a Western Conference team.

"It was everybody. Everybody chimed in," defenseman Karl Alzner said. "Of course the older guys who've been around, but everybody had a few things to say. We just wanted to make sure we're on the same page here. You need to have meetings throughout the year, and obviously it was a time to have a good one after that loss."

This latest setback comes on heels of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to San Jose in what became the eighth time the Capitals failed to score. Washington made sure that wouldn't be the case from the start against the Kings thanks to Alex Ovechkin's wrist shot 1 minute 6 seconds into the first period.

But Ovechkin's 21st goal of the season would be Washington's only highlight in a game that completely unraveled late in the third period, when the Kings took a 2-1 lead on Andre Loktionov's goal before running away with a pair of goals a minute and a half apart.

That's when Coach Bruce Boudreau called timeout and began lashing into his charges, using pointed language to voice his displeasure at a second consecutive uninspired performance that comes a week after the club appeared on the upswing following victories over Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

"The message was basically about pride," Boudreau said. "It's a 1-1 game going into the third. We outworked them in the first, got outworked in the second, and all we had to do was outwork them in the third to start a tough road trip, and they looked like they were already thinking about what's going on in the sun. That was basically the message."

Players then took it upon themselves to try to regroup before catching a flight to begin five straight road games. It's a stretch that could go a long way toward determining if the Capitals truly can be a factor in the Stanley Cup playoffs or if they're destined for more postseason disappointment.

As it stands now, Washington has a tenuous hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, pending Montreal's game against Toronto tonight. If the Canadiens win, they would move into a tie with the Capitals, who have 26 games left in the regular season.

"We're coming to a key point in the season, and we have to make sure we're all aware of that," veteran forward Mike Knuble said. "It's time to start throwing the switch toward the playoffs. You've got to be playing well. We're just kind of sloughing our way. It's like we're waiting for something to happen. I don't know, waiting for something. I mean, we're going to enter the toughest part of our season here, and it's going to be a real indicator if we're going to be a real serious contender or not."

By Gene Wang  | February 12, 2011; 4:30 PM ET
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Comments

Nothing will come out of this players only meeting... nothing lasting for sure.

There are deep rooted problems that won't begin to be addressed until there are changes up top.

Just like Schultz will never be anything resembling a tough, hard-nosed hockey player, McPhee will never be anything resembling a competent GM. He can only trick Leonsis and the kool-aid drinkers for so long and his time is running out. That's something to hold onto if you're looking for a bright spot.

Tick tock... tick tock.... tick tock...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 12, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

a team only excuses meeting. here's when to have a team get together, on the ice, just skate and do your jobs. it's not a hard concept, it really isn't. the simpler the better. skate hard, work hard at both ends of the ice and results will be positive.

try to be individuals, don't move your feet, being passive and the results will be negative.

can't understand how this team has no sense of pride in themselves and each other. it's amazing to have all this talent but so completely wasted because they refuse to do the little things that will bring success.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 12, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Let the bashing begin.....

Posted by: sgm3 | February 12, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Sample kool-aid drinker:

"Honestly I don't understand why people are criticizing McPhee. He's really done a fantastic job and whoever doesn't see that is blind.

Honestly, I think a coaching change is needed..."

This fool doesn't get that any GM that had as many 1st rd picks as McPhee did could acquire enough top end talent to field a good team.

Only a lousy GM would be able to oversee the first team in the history of the NHL to lose Gm 7s at home for 3 consecutive years.

Only a lousy GM would do nothing of significance in the offseason after that meltdown against MTL and rationalize that it was just "5 bad days" or whatever crap he spewed.

Only a lousy GM would extend Tom freakin' Poti.

Only a lousy GM would think that you could plan to be good for a decade and in the hard cap era and let opportunity pass you by again and again.

Only a lousy GM couldn't see that a coaching change was needed months ago.

Only a lousy GM still won't be able to see that come tomorrow morning.

McPhee is the king of suck. We're going nowhere with him running the show.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 12, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3,

If the shoe fits, wear it!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"This fool doesn't get that any GM that had as many 1st rd picks as McPhee did could acquire enough top end talent to field a good team."

How did he acquire them? I'm pretty sure each team is awarded one first round pick each year. What each team does with them is up to each GM.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 12, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3,

I think he acquired them from the firesale the Caps had prior to the re-build.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If the shoe fits, wear it!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan

Very true. After reading this WP post you knew it would be followed by a lot of bashing.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 12, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Let the bashing begin.....

Posted by: sgm3 | February 12, 2011 4:49 PM

It's gonna be hilarious watching you do a 180 joek-style over the next several months or couple of years.

That, or you'll just run and hide. No longer will you spew your nonsense or try to engage in retarded, inconsequential arguments with people using your demented logic.

It'll be one of those two things.

Book it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 12, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Caps,
As fans we are SICK AND TIRED of hearing your BS excuses and the same old blah blah blah. I have been hearing the "we need to play a full 60 mins" since last year....Gee just when do you unaspired bunch of losers plan on actually giving it a try ?????
The playoffs, if you make it , will be short and sweet this year and another quick first round exit.
I have never seen such a lazy, unaspired wreck of a team as I saw today.
The power play is a friggin joke and has been since the playoffs last year. I actually laugh now when I'm at the games and the fans get pumped for the power play, some actually still think the Caps might score...hell they most times can't even get into the zone let alone set up or shot.
I feel it is overdue for a change at the top and for who wears the C. Minus the goal OV played like he would have rather been anywhere but on the ice..Sorry but you need more from your capt.
It's the coaches job to get these guys on the same page and pumped up to play and if he can't then it's time he moves on.
Can't wait to see my ticket renewal...to see if they try to raise prices again another 33% for that crap that has been on the ice since before the holidays.
What a pitiful bunch.

Posted by: jotay131 | February 12, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Let the bashing begin.....
----------------------
If you're talking about the Caps then yes, let it begin and not end until they start performing up to their potential.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Not the dreaded 'pointed language'! BB is too tough on these losers.

Posted by: festus75 | February 12, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I've always stayed positive because I love this team, but enough is enough. A Players Only meeting? Today? TODAY? NOW they want to talk about everyone not giving a damn or an effort for that matter??? RIDICULOUS!! I hope GMGM makes zero moves at the deadline unless he can unload bad contracts (Semin, Poti). This team was off for 4 days while The Kings have been working their butts off. They came out and showed nothing! This team (not by design) is not ready to make any kind of noise in the playoffs because no one cares (excluding a few new guys and Hendricks). I'm excited to see the news guys next year though.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Schultz led the league in plus/minus last year. Most of us knew this was a mirage, that Schultz is really awful. Many of us begged McPhee to "Sell High" on this waste of space.

The simple truth is, McPhee just doesn't have the ability to build a championship team. He's a moron.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 12, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

It's quite a sight to see the coaches behind the benches during the games. Usually, the Cap's opponent coaches have this quirky, smug little smile going on, kinda like they know what the outcome is going to be.

BTW, after the fight the Kings even out stick-tapped the Caps, did anyone else notice that?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

underpants2,
No more blaming GMGN please. Obviously it's the players underperforming.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Still no fallout from the Pittsburgh Islanders game?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

underpants2,
No more blaming GMGN please. Obviously it's the players underperforming.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:13 PM

Why are they underperforming?

Is it on the coaches?

Who hired the coaches?

Are the player just mentally weak or do too many of them lack the necessary compete level?

Who brought those players in and built this roster?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 12, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, GMGM.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

OK. Enough is enough. The bottom line here is simple. McPhee does need to go. His resemblance to Wes Unseld is growing ever closer by the second. Loyalty to such awful players as Schultz, Bradley, Poti, Fehr, and Steckel. If you stop and thing for a moment, except for Backstrom, Ovechkin, Semin, and Green, the Caps lack total skill and/or experience. It is up to Leonsis now. Mr. L, please do us all a favor and relieve McPhee of his duties. Let a new GM come in and find a true coach, not an overweight minor league hack. Let's accept that picking up ONE VERY AVERAGE DEFENCEMAN (S. Hannan) in an off season that followed a 1st round loss to an eight seed is just not cutting it. Players only meeting....lol. Come on guys. Let's get real.

Posted by: pdubosejr1 | February 12, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Many of you are assuming the Caps will even make the playoffs. That is a big if. They could very easily lose all these West Coast games. It isn't much of a drop to the ninth spot or lower.

Even if they make the playoffs, I don't see them "flipping the switch."

Either way, Boudreau will not back next season unless they make a miracle run. And after this hapless performance, I don't see it happening.

Posted by: jmarks09 | February 12, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

A 10 minute meeting? That's it? Sounds kinda pro forma, no?

"We've got to play better, guys."

"Right. Hey Ovi, can I catch a ride with you to the airport?"

Meeting ends.

Maybe they were in a hurry to catch their plane.

Posted by: zmega | February 12, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Drop BB NOW. Fire Big Baby -- the team has totally quit on this guy and for a good reason. Find a real tough choice who doesn't have to resort to f-bombs to get his players motivated. Hitchcock and Robinson are two coachs doing nada who could turn this team around.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 12, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I am calling a fans only meeting. February 25th at 7pm. Be here, on this blog, and stay away from Verizon.

Posted by: festus75 | February 12, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"Now is the time to let Bruce go!

Most of the Caps are not getting his message or instruction. He's done well here but his time is up. You can't trade the whole team. McPhee needs to bring in a Tortorella type coach. The talent is here. They need structured discipline and a new direction.

Otherwise, they either miss the playoffs or have a early first round exit (5 games and out).

Posted by: puckman | February 12, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have been playing .500 hockey since the end of the 8-game losing streak (counting OT/SO losses as a loss). That's not good enough.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

That's what this team needs, a new coach to motivate them?? Really?? I feel bad for them, having to play half assed hockey instead of fulfilling their real dream or working 9-5 in a cubicle.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Mike Knuble said. "It's time to start throwing the switch toward the playoffs. You've got to be playing well."

Broken record. I'm tired of what these guys have to say. They just "don't have much" (as Green would say) this year. I'm glad I didn't waste my day watching that game. I did DVR it, but at this point, it's so much easier to click on the "delete" option than spend my time watching this garbage. No inspiration what so ever.

Gimmie a break with the "players-only" meeting. It's just one last attempt to grab a few season ticket holders who are on the fence about re-newing their seats.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 12, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

*fulfilling their real dream OF working 9-5 in a cubicle.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

FIRE THE FREAKING COACH!!!!

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | February 12, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

underpants2,
No more blaming GMGN please. Obviously it's the players underperforming.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll stop when he's gone.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 12, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I'll stop when he's gone.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 12, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Overheard at players meeting: "Hey boys, we've got to start playing better. Now who's up for poker and shots? Let's go!"

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 12, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I love to get my hockey info from a guy with the name Tmac2Yao .they play for the MN Wild right?

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 12, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

To hold a players only meeting at Verizon Center today at 4:30 pm, you would have had to only invite members of the LA Kings...this team should be forced to refund all the poor saps who spent $50 for nose bleed seats and $8 for luke warm and flat Bud Light...what a joke.
10 months late is better than never, Ted--FIRE GABBY!

Posted by: nomarjax01 | February 12, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@heathdog1119,

FYI Tmac is usually a very consistent and thoughtful poster to this site. Not everybody here agrees with him all the time but most of the time he lays his arguments out well to make his points. Since I don't remember seeing your handle before perhaps you haven't had the opportunity to read some of his more thoughtful critiques.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

caps are just sandbagging the other 29 teams right now. april 9th, 10pm (ish) the switch gets flipped. gmgm has been crafty in assembling this group. bb is doing just fine. 3 easy rounds and a hard fought final will show the doubters that ted, gmgm & bb knew exactly what they were doing all along.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 12, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Weird. I was mad early this morning because I was going to have to miss watching today's game. Now I am so thankful I didn't have to sit through that crap.
I can't stomach the taped interviews. So someone please give me a briefer on what BB said! Did he blame the goaltender (for either team), or did he say that the Caps needs a 60 minute effort?
Fire him now please. No trade deadline moves will be able to fire up a team in the dumper unless there is a change at the top!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 12, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

@Capt,

I like your optimism and I would like you to be correct. I will sing their praises if it turns out as you predict.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

FIRE THE FREAKING COACH!!!!

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | February 12, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

EXACTLY!!!!

Posted by: zyvo23 | February 12, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm always here.I dont always waste my time posting or responding to basketball handles

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 12, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Greenie and Schultzie are a clown duo that should no longer be allowed on the ice together. They need adult supervision.

Heard often today at Verizon while they were on ice- "pardon me, I hate to get up while the puck's in play but I think I'm going to be sick."

Posted by: jamesacarroll | February 12, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@heathdog1119,

It's not a waste of time to post. In fact it can be cathartic. Do you have any insight to offer on the Caps current state?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

What was the players only meeting about? Hot clubs to go to in Phoenix? This team has so many problems that we would be foolish to blow up our future for a rental player this year. Unfortunately if we even make the playoffs there is no way we get out of the first round. I have yet to see this team come form behind let alone score with any consistency. Where is the leadership? Where is the accountability? I am embarrassed as a caps fan given our play and that it took till now to start calling out our top players. The scary thought is we were one lucky shot away from another shutout!

Posted by: EnzoBigBlue | February 12, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

How in the world can BB say that the Caps outplayed the Kings in the first and second? In the first, yes, but in the second, no way, not even close.

Fire that Fat Big Baby now, enough of his blather and excuses

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 12, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS - SORT OF:

Without seeing the game but only seeing highlights - from what I saw on a couple of goals - Matty Perrault failed to backcheck on the 2nd goal. Watched more instead of pursue the late guy looking for a rebound.

23 shots? Really? This team was just beaten by Pittsburgh WITHOUT it's two best players. Scary. There's something wrong with this team. I can only hope McPhee does something that makes sense AND shakes things up. This isn't right. Either this road trip becomes a blessing or a curse. This 5-game road trip determines where this Caps team goes.

I'll be so bold to go this far and say if the Caps can't win AT LEAST 3 games on this road trip - they WILL NOT make the playoffs. It's a stretch - sure but with these other teams running up behind them - it's only a matter of time before they get it together.

If Tampa wants this division - the chance to take it is right now. Sadly the SJ and LA losses by the Caps just took away greatly those victories over TB and Pitt - my opinion only. You're welcome to disagree.

How many more times is this team going to listen to Bruce Boudreau. This coach talks about giving players jerseys based on accountability and showing no fear to scratch someone who is not performing. Bull. It's all talk. He hasn't stepped up and done that. He goes on about guys looking like spectators. Then sit their ass out a game or two. Start taking action rather than talking.

I hear all you posters. The heat's coming fast with Boudreau plus McPhee.

I knew this team would not be as good as last year's team by being younger. It's not going to be easy but this road trip will serve as a great test.

Win or lose - trade or no trade - things are going to have to be looked at no matter how this season ends. C'mon Caps.

GO WEST YOUNG MEN - GO WEST. Pull your heads out of your a**es and find your game.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 12, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Last time I saw such an uninspired, pathetic performance was the Atlanta game the night before Hanlon was fired. Something to think about.....................

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 12, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau says in his after game press conferences in recent weeks that the team was 'not ready to play' or 'didn't give a consistent effort'.

Isn't that the job of the coach to have guys ready to play?

The chemistry here in 2011 is not right.

Either it's the coach no longer getting through to this group of players after 3 years of being behind the bench in DC, or it's the on-ice lack of cohesion and confidence.

And if that's the case then it's the GM's job to change the mix and perhaps make some fairly significant changes.

But McPhee doesn't want to do that.

He isn't going to trade a Green or Semin or anyone else of note the team has drafted to change the chemistry.

He isn't going to take that kind of risk.

I bet this team makes a deal for another center but it's going to be a guy in the Eric Belanger mode.

It's not going to be anyone prominent.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 12, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

@heathdog119

Tmac's take all year has been right on. Go sit in some Matt Cooke dung !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are notorious for their poor West Coast trip performances. At least this year 2 of the West Coast teams came East to inflict their punishment.
For anyone who was at Verizon, please tell me they didn't play "Unleash the Fury" and the other similar videos?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 12, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

play DJ more & just shoot the puck. you learn in mite hockey that there is no such thing as a bad shot.that should be the only thing you need to tell the players.

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 12, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

If only it mattered what I write here:

I'm done. I've waited all year, I've listened to the crap about getting into the playoffs and playing when it counts and really means something. I've listened to all of the excuses all year. I'm done.

I am turning my interest to baseball and the Nationals. If the boys get hot, and start playing hockey like it matters, then maybe I'll start watching again but I am not going to pay attention to a team who puts in a performance like they did today. AND, I am sorry for those folks who actually paid to see it. Call it being a front runner or whatever, but its only a matter of time before the skates go away and the golf clubs come out and everyone says we'll try again next year. Some of the guys need to remember that there is all likelihood that many of them won't be around next year because the current composition isn't working or producing results. So, if I could get the message to Bruce and George and the boys, and like they would really give a damn what I think, I'm done....good luck with the rest of the season, but I'm gonna start focusing on the Nationals...the hockey story has gotten very old in Washington and I'm just not interested in the sales pitch anymore.

Posted by: outrbnksm | February 12, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@heathdog119,

See how much more diplomatic I am than Hunter?

As far as today goes DJK did nothing (except fight) and I didn't see any over-passing by the Caps today.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 12, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

@kirk

I hope you're saying that tongue in cheek.
Were you at the last two games ? We suck!
Owner included !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

DJK and MP are two players that shouldnt dress for the Caps ever again after the deadline. I'd say starting now but I know that is not realistic.

DJK provides nothing. Given him enough chances, Im sure hes a good guy and works at practice but hes of no value.

MP after being up here for almost 30 games still doesnt understand that getting back on D when playing the C position is of utmost importance. He failed today and two times the puck was in the back of the net bc of it.

Other notes, if you didnt believe the locker room divided stuff and the need for a blockbuster type of trade, I hope you are starting to believe it now. Room divide and some players need to go.

I said before the TB game that we'd go 3-5-3 over the next 11 games. Right now its 2-2 and Im sticking with that prediction. Hope Im wrong but all signs are going in that direction.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Plainly obvious that BB has lost this team. No amount of "getting shots to the net", "having net presence", "playing hard", etc etc are going to work here.

Either:
a.) take off the shackles of this ridiculous trap (which the skill players obviously can't/don't want to play) and let them do their thing (since they actually are better on the backline this season); or

b.) fire BB and get something who'll get
their attention.

I'm actually partial to Option A, and I'm not sure GMGM is going to go with Option B. So, in today's speak, "it is what it is".

Posted by: drewsie | February 12, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

@all kool aiders

You jerks have been busting on me, Cstanton, Tmac, vermont, tominsocal, etc. all season. Well there it is baby. I went to both games. We look awful.

I'm worried that we are into our second "strange bird" owner. EVERY ONE sitting around me wanted BB gone by the end of the game. What a piss poor effort.
How can this owner not see the product for what it is ? This is way worse situation than the Caps losing to a Tampa "Cup" team when McPhee hired a drunk as coach.

I'll take that Bondra/Witt/Kolzig team back any day over this mess (with out #68). Ted, If that team broke your heart, is this team breaking your back ?

Keep asking folks to "Metro in", pay too much for cold dogs, watch overpaid "stars" lolly gag, and then "Metro out". That scenario will break your wallet Ted !


Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Expect another "save the Caps" campaign. By the time this owner figures out that GMGM is a fool, many new fans will be gone for good. Why?

It's super expensive, and we deserve better. I want the same product the Philly, Pit, and Detroit fans get. 34 years is long enough.

GET SOME EXPERIENCED PLAYOFF COACHES AND MANAGEMENT IN HERE ! MR. LARRY ROBINSON PLEASE PICK UP THE COURTESY WHITE TELEPHONE

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

what is wrong with taking the Metro? too new age for some people?

Posted by: boomer44 | February 12, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

They didn't play "unleash the fury" or much else. Wes wasn't announcing either. Fans sat on their hands the whole game much like they did on Tuesday night.

I've kind of liked BB up until now but if I were GMGM BB wouldn't be making the trip out west after that game today.

Posted by: psujohn | February 12, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@boomer

The whole process of getting to a game is a huge hastle to watch crap hockey by lazy Euro's and overhyped Canadians.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Fire tomato head please and bring TEDDY NOLAN

Posted by: arbeja666 | February 12, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY! A players meeting! I decided not to read all the NAYSAYER TRIPE and cut right to the quick...

This team has issues, we all know, but it is a lack of scoring. We have the horses to score. We all know that. That means the solution probably is a mental fix and a strategic fix. Its not the talent on this team that is the problem. Its the psyches and the neurosis, if you will.

Changing the coach is certainly a way to get things moving, but after the team played like it did against Tampa and the PEns, I don't think that is the solution right now.

Its a competitors game. This team knows how to compete. It just refuses to execute. Here are my solutions:

1. No more optional skates! If you want to play, lace'e, up. If you want to sit, here's a press pass

2. PLAY DEFENSE! There isn't a player on that team that doesn't have the skill, the know-how or the talent to stop the opponent from playing well. It's time to start doing that in ALL facets of the 60 minutes.

3. Play a full 60 minutes. Ovie, no more floating. (Did anyone else see how dominant they were against Tampa when he didn't float?! The other players followed their Captain)

Trading for a 2C and a winger may jump start this team, but the tea, needs to wake up. They can do this. Like in 08 when they had to win to make the playoffs. Like all those times they had to come from behind.

Now we find out if they are for real or just paper tigers with more work left to make them into champions.

I believe they can do it. They just have to decide that now is the time.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Repeat after me......Dale Hunter....Dale Hunter....Dale Hunter!!!!!

Posted by: CB28031 | February 12, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I sat back for several minutes in the 3rd period to think about who on this team I would absolutely not trade. I tried to stay level headed. (I'm sure sgm3 thinks I'm never level headed.)

Hendricks is the only guy on this team that I would absolutely want to keep. He is a play off guy. The rest of these guys can go west and never come back.
(Yea, even Mr. Russia House :Ovi)

I'm not trying to incite anger and unrest (That's Cstanton's job.) I'm serious, only Hendricks. That's it. I would listen to all other offers. Get the GM who constructed this pile of dung out of here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

They don't have the players, end of story.

And one man is responsible for it and we all know who that is. Until he loses his job, NOTHING is gonna change.

Posted by: joek443 | February 12, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

@jmurry019

Did you watch the Habs series ? After that embarrassment you would have thought that they would be doing all of what you mentioned on a nightly basis.

Too "above it all" to read the negative posts. Yea, like GMGM said, 'We're hockey know nothings"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

@CB28301

We don't need Dale Hunter. We need a VETERAN Coach and VETERAN GM.

That's hard for me to say !

Dale is young. Maybe later. The window on the Cup is open for a short time. We need veterans !!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

@CB28301

We don't need Dale Hunter. We need a VETERAN Coach and VETERAN GM.

That's hard for me to say !

Dale is young. Maybe later. The window on the Cup is open for a short time. We need veterans !!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

joek443 wrote:

"They don't have the players, end of story.

And one man is responsible for it and we all know who that is. Until he loses his job, NOTHING is gonna change."


What?! They don't have the players, therefore the coach has to be fired?! I don't get that. Sounds awful contradictory to me.

@Hunterforcoach

Yes, I watched every minute of the Habs series last spring. It should be obvious to all of us that the Caps haven't recovered from that playoff ouster and it is still weighing on their mind. They have lost their identity. They have the talent. They just have to realize it.

This team has listened to too much of what others say. The league said that their style wouldn't win them championships, so they altered their explosive style in the playoffs. Everyone siad they needed to play defense, and so they do and they are losing. The league and the opposing players are in their heads! The only way to get them out is to stop listening.

I am all for blowing up a team or front office if they are terrible, but its too soon with this team. PLENTY of champions failed before they won. One bad season does not a terrible hockey team make. Its party of the learning process. The Oilers did it with Gretzsky, the Islanders did it in the late 70's, the REd Wings did it with Yzerman. Even the PEns did it with Malkin and Crosby!

We all have been spoiled and thought that a Stanley Cup was inevitable! This team was gonna roll through the league to a cup without a single bump in the road! WAKE UP! REAL LIFE DOESN"T WORK THAT WAY!

Man...if we ever win the Cup, god willing, I bet all of you naysayers will be the first to whine that they didn't win the next year. After being a Caps fan for 35 years, I just want one. If i have to wait another few years, so be it. But this team needs tweaks and to be tougher mentally. Not a full scale blow up.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

What?! They don't have the players, therefore the coach has to be fired?! I don't get that. Sounds awful contradictory to me.
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Who said anything about the coach being fired? Did BB get these players???

Posted by: joek443 | February 12, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

...and by the way, Hunterforcoach...

If you really sat back and decided that the ONLY player on this team you wouldn't trade is Matt Hendricks(who I love unconditionally, just for the record), than you are an idiot.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Slapshot saw his shadow today.

Only 6 more weeks of hockey in DC.

Posted by: noslok | February 12, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

No disrespect intended, but how have we been spoiled? I just want to see a consistent effort, that's all. If they play hard and lose, so be it. Too many games of no shows. It's just very frustrating.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I dont think you fire the GM for acquiring the players on the roster. They did win a s---load of games last year, and showed progress in the playoffs up until last year.

If he can't complete the final tweeks and get the team into the playoffs and into the 3rd round, sure...fire GMGM.

But, its 1 year, and it ain;t over yet! The Flyers went to the Cup last year as an 8th seed! We could catch fire and put it all together on this next road trip.

I respect your opinion. (Sorry about the name calling. I get fired up on here). I for one don't give up hope untril the clock runs out and the golf bags are pulled out of storage

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Hunter For coach? What did he ever win? A Memorial Cup. That is getting old!

Posted by: sporttraveler | February 12, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

@j3rockstar

My point is that this team went from out of the playoffs in early 2008 to 3 straight SE division Championships and steady progress forward in the playoffs, until last spring. We all (myself included) thought they would roll to the cup and not look back. Last year, it didn't happen. This year they are out of sorts and struggling. I don't think we should panic until they blow it in the playoffs and then play like crap next year.

The three seasons before this one, the Caps played better than any other Caps team in history! I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt. We are seeing this team evolve. It may take time. Who knows, the missing piece or pieces may be in the system.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

It appears to be a combination of the players not bringing it for 60 minutes, a coach who can't make adjustments on the PP, and a GM who won't make any moves to address personnel deficiencies. It's hard to understand how a team could play two inspired games back to back last weekend would get outworked by two Western conference teams at home. The players definitely should bear some of the burden for the lack of effort, but the GM should have shaken up things weeks ago.

At this point, it's hard to say whether a coaching change would be more of a short-term fix than a long-term solution. The lack of true 2nd line center, a tough, physical defenseman, and a left handed shot at the point on the power play are obvious. I for one would like to see GMGM address the personnel moves before making a coaching change although a veteran coach would make a difference down the stretch. If the Caps made some real moves to shake up the roster and the team continued to struggle, it would make it easier to start over in the offseason behind the bench and on the roster.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 12, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

@jmurray

I've watched some of these guys for 300 to 400 games now. They are not winners. "Hope is not a strategy in the play offs". The play offs come down to beating the other guys to death, while slam dunking pucks into the net.

Yea, I think Hendricks is the only one up for that kind of a "fist fight". The rest of these guys are pay check collectors. Even my beloved Ovi and Backy are "gliding and watching" most of the game.

Please don't compare these men to the Isles, Oilers, Wings, or Pens teams that hoisted multiple times. It is a sign of true hockey ignorance to compare these Caps to those men of character, heart, discipline, and work ethic !!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Whatever's going on with the Caps right now, somebody needs to step up. The big question now isn't whether the Caps will repeat as Southeast division champs - at this point, you have to at least start to wonder if they'll be a playoff team with the rate they're going.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 12, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

But those teams went rhough what the Caps are going thru RIGHT NOW! I can absolutely compare at this point in time. Those were TRUE champions because they had success, got knocked off their high horses and then PROVED they could win!

If they don't win, then they are also-rans like so many other teams that won the regular season and folded early.

Some times you have to take a step back to take 2 stps forward.

Wow, that's good, huh? Write that down.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

A 10 minute players only meeting? Really? Kind of going through the motions eh boys??
It's getting ugly folks, i thought the Skins had the market cornered on ugly...i guess i was wrong?

I've said it before, i'll say it again.
1. The team panicked after last years loss to Montreal
2. Decided to change the system to a more D style
3. Uh, you see the results
4. They have now broken a perfectly good team, with a little bad luck. Great job
5. How to fix humpty dumpty??

6. Fire BB, and revert back to the attack style?

Posted by: gs12 | February 12, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

jmurray019,

I agree with you, I just think they are regressing...like they already peaked. I know that's not the case (the talent is there), the passion just seems to be lost.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 12, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have not only taken two steps back, they've taken a complete tumble and can't seem to find their way out of a self imposed tunner. You can believe that this team will do great things, but a realist will say that it is a limited team. A decent but not great coach, a GM who has failed to assemble a true contender, an owner, who for all the good that he does for the city, has yet to win anything (at least he's not Dan Snyder). This team looks lost and rudderless. I thought after last year that BB will never lead them to a Cup. I still feel that way.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 12, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@jmurray

"If we ever win the cup". Just "ape" what the Wings, Pens, Flyers, Devils and Habs do, and you'll win the bowl. (sgm3 - Flyers knock on the door every 5 years)

Put togeather a team of strong, dedicated, disciplined men who want to win at all costs. You'll win the cup. Pens do it. Why can't we ? Flyers, always signing only "play off type guys", and always knockin' on Stanley's door. Wings - same strategy as the Pens. It is not rocket science. You need the right people, and there is where GMGM has failed us.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 12, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

But, its 1 year, and it ain;t over yet! The Flyers went to the Cup last year as an 8th seed! We could catch fire and put it all together on this next road trip.
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No, it's not just 1 year... GMGM has been here for 12 years.

He got lucky in his first year and took Poile's team to the Finals. What's he done since??

Enough is enough, it's time for someone else.

Posted by: joek443 | February 12, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@J3rockstar

You and I are in the same boat, dude. Let me row for awhile...take a break.

They are regressing. It sucks and I don't like it. But this is when you find out who are champs and who are chumps. (I sure to goodness hope the cliche' police are off tonight)

We will find out what this team is made of in the next year. This season may be a write off if they don't get it straight quick. How they respond next year will be the ultimate factor, regardless how they end the season this year.

I just pray we are all freaking out over nothing and the switch gets flipped and the Caps just go nuts on the league out of anger over being slighted, put down and left for dead.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, I see your points, but i refuse to treat this like a sinking ship. Its February 12th. A lot can happen in 2 months. If you weant to be Chicken Little and sit around waiting for the sky to fall, have fun. I won't do it. If they make the playoffs, anything can happen. I won't give up until its over...

Did they give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!!

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The problem is simple, not enough players want to win.

Casey Stengel said something to the effect that there were a lot of players that had heart but lacked talent and there were plenty of players that had talent but lacked heart, the great ones had both and there were very few of them...

I wonder if there is one on the Caps...

Posted by: muddapucker | February 12, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@ muddapucker

Well done! That was awesome! Nothing like a little Casey Stengel to put it on perspective. I guess will we find out if the Caps are Champs or Chumps. This is when we will find out.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Same know it alls....Blah Blah again. We have a mediocre roster at best. Get off the coaching. Pro players should be able to go out and do what they're supposed to do day in and day out. Pathetic that they can't!

Posted by: racer63 | February 12, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Just shoot the dag gone puck. This team will never generate any offense with only 25 or less shots per game. Heck, Ovi should be averaging 25 shots per game by himself! Last year, the pucks were coming from all angles and in bunches, but this year everyone appears to be so hesitant to shoot and trying to get off the perfect shot! Pathetic!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 13, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Tmac, I tend to agree with you but the "anyone can build a team" line is just nonsense and you should know better. The chances of a 1st/2nd round pick are very low chance of even making the NHL. Semin, Varly, Neuvy and Green were hardly locks to be NHL starters. Holtby is luck? The young Russians soon to come over? You think it is so easy to just lose games and get high picks than explain to me how come Atlanta and the Islanders don't have about 12 stanley cups between them since 1992.

It does look like BB neds to go though. Team is not winning with his new system and is not motivated. I would rather see BB fired than a major trade. I think the talent is there, but the systems and inspiration are lacking.

Posted by: CapsDK | February 13, 2011 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm...All things said, bottom line, we have been reading/hearing that need urgency, have to play 60 minutes, from start of this year dating back to last year.

Second to bottom line, when BB calls time out, team goes back onto the ice and no change.

I hate to be nagative, but it is pretty evident that the team is not listening to the coaches.

How many times have we read that we need to have better starts?

I am a caps fan for life, helped saved them the first time.

Something is not right, i just do not know how behavior can change last third of season if we could not do it for the first 2/3.

Good Luck on the West coast trip.........

Posted by: hunter321 | February 13, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, any NHL team can watch highlights of the last three round 1 games against Montreal on 2010, and figure out how to beat the Caps. Play tough in front of the goal, block shots, skate fast and do frequent odd-man rushes, and you too can beat the mighty Washington run-and-gun offense even if your goalie has to stop 45 shots a game en route to his shutout.

Instead of adding a tough 2nd-line center and some punishing defensemen beyond the rookie tandem (Alzner and Carlson), the Caps made Semin play on the penalty kill and Ovi play defense.

So now instead of winning 6-3 and 7-4, the Caps are losing 1-0, 2-0 and 5-4 to bad teams and 4-1 and 7-0 to less bad teams. They seem to only get it up for Pittsburgh. I don't necessarily blame the players, though I think there are some guys like Hannan, Bradley, King and Schultz that are questionable for being in the NHL. I would say Marcus J should have spent a year at Hershey, but right now I'm convinced Hershey is raising good AHL players, not NHL players. (I'll give them credit for the goaltending though.)

I do blame the coaching, and while BB managed to get them righted after that "HBO 24/7" losing streak, I think he is struggling with the new defensive-oriented approach as much as the players if not more so. That can't happen. As a result, Ovi, Backy and Green have forgotten how to play offense, and God knows what's happened to Semin (before and after his mysterious injury).

McPhee has lost his mojo, and BB is a fine AHL coach, and maybe a great coach for up-and-coming teams.

I think they need a task master (Scotty Bowman??? Larry Robinson???) behind the bench and they need to put the "C" on Brooksie or Hendricks or someone else who gives his heart and soul for the team. Yes, Ovi has done all he has been asked to do and then some, but we need him to be Ovi, not the Captain. I want to see him score ridiculous goals from impossible positions and then get Don Cherry angry by belly-bumping the fans through the glass.

I believe being Ovi and wearing the "C" are different skill sets.

Posted by: roadworrier | February 13, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

McPhee has lost his mojo, and BB is a fine AHL coach, and maybe a great coach for up-and-coming teams.
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What mojo? The guy is a legend in his own mind. Since his first year, what's he EVER done??

That was 12 friggin' LONG years ago.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

It is very likely the Caps lose six in a row. The team does not have the talent end of story.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

They have quit . Guys I'm a retired football coach , high school & div II . This team beleive it or not is right there .The biggest problem I see and everyone else should have notice yesterday is that Coach has lost them . He might as well talk to his water bottle . This team has figured out he is not very good at changes nor is he very good at adapting . Changes need to be made and the sooner the better .The crowds at Verizon are getting hostile Ted is watching . I would resort to the offense that we know , I would do it now . %% needs to pack up and move on . When fher gets back there is your r/w .

Coach them up do not bowbeat them . Watch the net heat up !

Posted by: terryreece | February 13, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I think some of the next generation of Caps prospects will make the Caps team a great team. Current make up of the team does not live or breath like a champion. As much as I think BB is in over his head he is only part of the problem. I figure there will be a major trade coming soon. I only hope they do not trade Eakin or the three Russians. Semin, Fehr and Laich could be interesting for some teams. They have some real trade value. Would have to be to a Western Conference team obviously.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

LOL if you're any kinda coach, you should know the offense we saw last year is NOT real... it's all smoke and mirrors.

And playing offense is fun but playing defense is HARD work. They were number one in defense last year but in mid-20th in defense. Last I checked there are only 30 teams in this league.

Where was Chicago last year?? Number two in offense and a top 5 D all year. That's how you win championships, BALANCE.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

My Caps assessment.

Superstars NOT! Backy, Semin, Green, Ovie.
Veterans disappointing: Laich, Knuble
Slipping youth: Shultze, Fehr.
Should be in AHL: Perrault and Johansson.
Best defensive pairing: Carlson & Alzner.
Pathetic defense pairing: Green & Shultze.
Enforcer: Hasn't won one yet.
Hershey: Two guys only, 3rd-4th liners.
Russian draft picks: 2-4 years away
PP: $30 Million of talent?
PK: Best asset right now
Goalies: Second best asset
Coach: Bench people, please.
Owner: glass half full, even when empty.
Entertainment Value: Slipping
Season Ticket Value: Slipping

Posted by: trfnews | February 13, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

correction - they were number one in offense last year.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm staying positive, even though the way the Caps are playing sucks and it pisses me off.
The Caps are still in the fifth spot after playing this poorly. That is something to hang on to, at least until the next week is over. If the switch is going to be flicked the it must happen this week. I will wait for the harsh criticisms until the situation arises where they have yet again "choked the chicken" in the playoffs or missed the playoffs all together. There is time for a turn around and I haven't completely over ruled the sandbagging argument. I'm curious if those criticizing this season as a lost cause will be back to admit fault when it turns out not to be.

Posted by: loudva2 | February 13, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I think they rushed Green back on the ice too quickly. Other than the Montreal series that was one of the worst performances by Mike Green in while. He clearly is still feeling the effects of the puck. Rest him. Schultz looked dreadful. I think Schultz has looked pretty bad all year. I mean they were both a minus 3. Although I think the forwards should take some of the blame as well.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

OMG....please stop! The only this more irritating than listening to BB and the slacker players on the Caps repeat the same sound bites after ever underachieving loss is to come on here and read the same ranting gibberish from you people. ENOUGH already...we get it, we get that some want HUGE roster shake up trades, some want the coach fired and some want the GM gone. What will be will be, let's just sit back and see how it pans out. Converse to your thinking, I dont think ranting on here makes anyone feel better, I think it simply makes you more frustrated to do so every damn day only to see nothing change on the ice or in the front office...so, why dont we just sit and see how the movie ends....

Posted by: opticlguy | February 13, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I feel Eastern teams and writers underestimate just how good the West is.

The West hosts just one team with a losing record. The bottom teams in 2 divisions have winning records. LA's 63 points, enough for 2nd and 3rd in East divisions, is a basement number in the Pacific.


In the west only Minn. and Phoenix do not hold winning records against Eastern teams...even last place Edmonton has a winning record against the East. The Stats are overwhelming.

Take heart Washington, while you lost to a Western team, you still have plenty of eastern games left.

Posted by: skibz | February 13, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there more to coaching than just lashing out and screaming? Isn't there something called in-game adjustments and creative scheming to get the most out of the current talent as oppose to just getting lucking out or bailed out by an offensively talented group that has now lost it's confidence in its own offense? Funny how Pittsburgh is continuing to win despite Crosby and/or Malkin being out for the last few weeks. I thing the talent is comparable, but the coaching is not.

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 13, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Folks, this team will face 3 western teams on this 5 game road trip. IMO they will earn 2 points our of 10, if they are lucky. This team with BB coaching couldn't beat the top AHL team.

At present after last nights Montreal win in OT, they are tied with Montreal for 5th place and dropping fast. AFter this road trip they will be in either 7th or 8th place int he east. Carolina will pass them in the SE.

As I stated several days ago, this team will be lucky to make the playoffs with BB coaching.

If Ted doesn't see this he is lying to himself and the fans and is a lousy owner. GMGM won't make a coaching change until it's too late and I don't think he will pull the plug on any trades before the deadline.

So, look for major changes in management after the season is over. Now let's see if any of these predictions come true.

Posted by: JMinVA | February 13, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Blame the players, they haven't played no where near the last two years. The offense has been terrible all season long and the defense, although ranked 8th, hasn't helped out but a few games. Honestly, has anyone who is a Caps fan would have thought Ove would only have 21 goals this late of the season. Shultz and Poti are lazy and weak. They can't clear anybody from infront of the goal to save their life. Valamov is 8-8 (terrible). THEODORE HELP US. Some moves need to be done before the trading deadline. They need to add a scoring forward and a vet dman and maybe a vet goaltender to help out the rookies. After that, if we get bounced in the first round again then maybe a coaching chance is needed but right now BLAME THE PLAYERS!!!!!

Posted by: outbeeze | February 13, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

okay, there are a number of players that had bad games. Instead of passing that off as a GMGM problem or a coach issue why don't we just hold the player accountable. I think the shorter list is the name of the players that are playing well right now. It does not include many of our guys on D, or either of the goalies. I saw issues during this game with every player on the first and second line with the exception of Ovi, and I may not have looked closely at him. So I feel the players are not playing up to their potential. You can fire everyone of the coaches and front office people, but if the players are not playing hard, good luck finding success. It will not happen. GMGM and coach need to sit down with a number of players and let them know it is time. 55, 28, 85, 10, 16, 22, 27, 4, 30, and 1 are not performing within the last few weeks. Plus a few other guys that should be playing much better, including 19, 15, 21, 23, 26, 39, and 52. And one more thing, I have not seen BB on the ice during the game. So i am not ready to say he is not playing up to par. All he can do is tell the players what they are doing wrong, he can not play for them. Who makes all the money for for playing the games?? The players still need to play the game and be tough. I don't think most of the team is playing tough in any way, shape, or form. PERIOD! 2 cents

Posted by: jmho1 | February 13, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

About GM , BB , and future of our team - my point of what i think . More and more questions coming up about what going on with Caps top players ? In my opinion its a lock of effort , discipline , dedication , to play for 60 minutes every game ; Caps don't need to go to OT or SO , this is the way for losers only which let them to get a point in the standings . Caps are a better team , and if they continue to play like this - they will not going to reach the point to play and bring the highest trophy to Washington ! I honestly suspecting that best players on team playing with injuries , otherwise i cant explain why they suddenly became very average ,lost intensity , and if GM & BB ignoring it and steel forcing them to play with injuries - its very wrong , we all know that regular season mining nothing for teams with high expectations . We have so many good players in AHL Bears who will bee glad to replace the injured players until they healthy and ready to go for the playoffs , meanwhile the young kids from Hershey will do everything possible with a given to them chance to prove that they can do it on a regular bases - the whole organization and Caps FANS will win . Otherwise GM&BB got to go and the season is lost again !!!!!!! P.S . 9 days later i was correct with analysis i have made . The TIME is NOW - management made foolish & stupid decisions as always - extending Potty and Semin contracts and not even trying to address team`s problems , the coach couldn't prove to people who forced him to change the team`s style of play ; THEY GOT TO GO , Team going on a road for 5 games , and the most points we can hope for is 5 and with 21 games left they looking for going to playoffs as 6 th seeded team in East which will provide them a chance to face Philadelphia as # 1 vs Caps # 8 , or Tampa # 2 vs Caps # 7 , or Boston # 3 vs Caps # 6 , or other vise ! LETS GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR !!!!! PERSONALLY - I WILL NOT BUY SEASON TICKETS FOR NEXT YEAR UNLESS RADICAL CHANGES MADE RIGHT NOW , CAPS FANS DESERVE A BETTER FATE !



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