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Posted at 3:48 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Brooks Laich: Capitals' luck 'is just terrible'

By Lindsay Applebaum

Caps forward Brooks Laich hopped on 106.7 The Fan to chat with the Junkies this morning, and topics ranged from being unlucky to his philosophy on optional practices to Alex Ovechkin's fitness. Here are some excerpts (thanks to Steinz for some help transcribing):

On losing:
It sucks not being first. It's no fun. The last couple years, we've been accustomed to just sitting atop the Southeast Division and looking more at the standings throughout the league, looking for number one in the league, but they're a good hockey team. They played very well last night. And the Southeast Division has improved a lot this year.

On whether it's the new system that's holding the offense back:
You know what, our Lady Luck right now is just terrible. Last night Ovie steps out of the penalty box and the...you just see stuff like this and you shake your head. He breaks a couple sticks last night on scoring chances. You just see this stuff and you can't help but get frustrated.

We've tweaked a couple different things, but that shouldn't limit our offense at all. And on the power play, we just have to be better. Five, 10 percent better. Shoot more pucks, crash more nets, just move the puck, move our bodies, find a way to score -- any way to score. ...

We definitely would like to get back to scoring first, playing with a lead and making other teams change their game style to try and chase us.

On teammates missing optional skates:
There's some guys that don't like to take it, there's some guys that are religious and won't miss it. I'm 99 percent of the time gonna take it... even if you're a little tired in the morning, I like it because it helps me take a nap and get a little bit of sleep in the afternoon.

Players and coaches, they always say the same thing: 'Do whatever makes you great at night.'

Does the morning skate or practice help with fitness?
The morning practices aren't that taxing on the body, which is reasons why I like to go out. If they were 30 to 40 minutes and they were tough then I would try to save energy. But for guys that usually don't play as many minutes, guys that play six, 10, 12 minutes, usually 100 percent of the time they're out there because it's more work for them, but if Ovie plays 22, 23 minutes every single night, you wear down, your body gets tired, and if you can save a little bit of energy here or there and it makes you play harder in the game, then we're all for it.

Who's the most fit player on the team?
Oh, I don't know. Any answer I give you I'm gonna take heat for this. ... I pride myself on that, but there's other guys... Mike Green, I think he's fourth in the league in ice time.

You know what, I look at guys who don't miss games. That's what I respect a lot, players who play every single night and are consistent. Nicky [Backstrom] hasn't missed a game, knock on wood -- I shouldn't be saying this, but he hasn't missed a game in his career. Ovie, aside from a few suspensions, he plays through everything. Mike Green, the amount of hockey he plays is tremendous.

On whether Ovechkin's problem is his weight:
No, no, no. He's just a big man. If you shake his hand, he's just got big hands. He's just thick. We call it big boned or thick boned, there's people who just have mass to them. I'm unfortunately not one of those guys, but it'd be nice to carry a few extra pounds of just body mass to push D men.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 13, 2011; 3:48 PM ET
Categories:  Brooks Laich  
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Comments

As someone said earlier - winners make their own luck.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 13, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Optional not at practice.

Backstrom should sit. He's been garbage on the ice and now he is missing practice.

Hey Bruce, play Optional and Backstrom less, and maybe they will skate at practices and morning skates!!!

Bruce hasn't lost this team...Optional has lost this team. He has never been a good leader, now his teammates are defending his weight problem.

Laich is our true Captain.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 13, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

They shoulda told BL that "soaringcaps" doesn't approve of OV taking optional skates off and doesn't feel he should be captain because of it.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

TOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help help help! I think we just found a new commander of the Dufus Brigade! It's none other than "SOARINGCAPS"!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Laich should be our Captain because he skates optional practices....rIIIIIIght

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Laich is our true Captain.

Posted by: SoaringCaps

Don't you mean "their" true captain and not "our" true captain. Unless you are on the team of course.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

the more brooksy talks, the more i dislaich him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

C'mon sgm. Really?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

TOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help help help! I think we just found a new commander of the Dufus Brigade! It's none other than "SOARINGCAPS"!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:08 PM |

This got me thinking. If there was a guy in the Army who had the last name Hangs. And he was a Private First Class...he'd be PFC Hangs or PF Changs (if you typo it)...want some more Chang sauce? No, go away Towelie. Hmm, I think it's time for me to leave the office.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 13, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it again:

практика?

практика?

Not a game. We're talking about практика!

Posted by: sinbin | January 13, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

SGM, you are correct. lol..."their" true captain.

And Pokerface...

Sorry not everyone "drinks the Kool Aid"...

I don't see you bashing those who feel Bruce should be fired, or George should be fired.

I am not the only one who is disappointed that Optional doesn't make any optional skates.

I am also not the only one who is very disappointed about Backstrom's lack of production.

I do not like Semin, but at least he has the do-dads to say he's hurt rather than go through the motions like a couple of other overpaids are...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 13, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

who cares?? Honestly...who cares? What does it matter "their", "Our"....never understood that issue. What are you going to start picking on next? Attention everyone, don't end your sentences in a preposition or SGM3 will come after you! Joke.

Posted by: joshu1 | January 13, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Didnt the entire team unanimously vote OV captain?

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 13, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

How many Stanley Cups did those Caps teams with Ciccerelli and Rouse win?

What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season?

How many regular seasons did they finish above .500?

I only want direct and simple answers to those questions. They are simple questions worthy of simple answers.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This day in history . . .

One year ago, Jan. 13, 2010, the Caps rally from 4-1 deficit to beat the Panthers, 5-4, in a shootout. This was the first of a club-record 14 consecutive wins.

Also, last night's 3-0 loss was the sixth time the Caps have been shut out so far this year. Last year, they were shut out . . . once.

Just food for thought.

Posted by: redrocker2 | January 13, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if these guys missed a few games and didn't try to play through everything, they'd play better.

Posted by: ablake70 | January 13, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps, by your logic we should be disappointed with nearly ever star that the league has - the top guy in minutes almost always skip out on the optional practices.

Posted by: stevie7 | January 13, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Also, last night's 3-0 loss was the sixth time the Caps have been shut out so far this year. Last year, they were shut out . . . once.
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It's not really about being shut-out, they just flat out QUIT in the third period last night.

They weren't even trying out there for a full period. And I don't consider Green going into their zone all alone completely surrounded by all 5 of their guys trying.

Posted by: joek443 | January 13, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

From last thread, my attempt to answer a fair question:

Does he play a straight-ahead power game like Malkin?
-----------

Almost - maybe not quite the raw steam-train power of Malkin [who does?] but similarly explosive skating-wise, and very strong on the puck and in the corners. Very difficult for d-men to handle one-on-one - even for Canada's [and Sweden's, and Finland's] top defenders, who were invariably out there every time he stepped on the ice. But, as soon as said defender[s] would get help, zap - he'd find the open guy. Kind of the anti-Semin, in that respect ;-) [Almost "Forsbergian" to borrow Sutter's term].

There's something about the guy that I find hard to describe, other than his teammates seemed to really gravitate toward him, and his energy.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Yep... trading Semin seems like you'll be losing a lot, but other guys will step up. NJ trades for Kovalchuk & look where they are.
--tony---

try tellin that to SGM. His opinion when that trade went down was that the Devils won it hands-down and that Kovalchuk's on-paper statistics trounced any contributions that Oduya, Bergfors, and Cormier (down the road) could ever make.

i love how some fans can see hockey in such simplistic terms. If one player scores 40 goals and you get another player or two back who don't score that many goals, it means the team who gets the 40 goal player automatically wins the trade.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@Soaringcaps

Why would I be critical of people I agree with? I agree BB should be fired. I think he's a good coach but I feel he's lost the team.

As far as the kool-aid deal. I guess I could be considered a kool-aid drinker but it's more because I have a positive outlook on things. That's the way i am in life so it spills over to the Caps. Now that has certainly changed as my frustration level with this team and their play has never been greater. Even when being positive I still think I was able to avoid the "homerisms" and stick to reality.

As far as the GMGM haters I just simply don't agree but even that has more merit than OV not skating in an optional practice.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

How many Stanley Cups did those Caps teams with Ciccerelli and Rouse win?

What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season?

---sgm---

can i say it any more plainly than this?

the Caps team AFTER the Dino/Rouse trade made it to the Conf finals. Furhter than any previous team had with Garts and Murphy. We also played a very very competitive hardnosed style of hockey that got us past 2 good playoff opponents that year(this is what you are blind to because you never watched that team but are still feebly attempting to analyze them)

so don't get hung up on useless meaningless information like the actual # of playoff games or future playoff victories or how many regular season victories they had. Because it doesn't matter. That team got blown up after the limo incident. You can't judge that trade past that point.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What are we tawlkin bout? Practice! I mean we're not even tawlkin bout a game. We tawlkin bout practice. We not tawlkin bout a game, the game I love. The game I live & breathe ma'. We tawlkin bout practice. I mean we tawlkin bout practice ma'.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

sgm--

you're also still hung up on this silly notion that the actual # of playoff games won supercedes the # of playoff series won. It takes a certain maturity and dedication to close out a series. You completely ignore that in your assessment of what constitutes forward progress.

it doesn't. Winning a series is more important than how many games you win in a playoff season. So advancing to round 3 is better than simply winning 7 games in 2 series and losing in round 2. Especially when you turn in the kind of stinker performance the current version of the Caps did v the Pens 2 yrs ago.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

don't forget the 2 picks atlanta got for kovalchuk, which they traded for sopel, eager, and big buff so the trade was

kovalchuk

for

eager
sopel
big buff
oduya
bergfors
cormier

yeah I'd say atlanta won that trade

Posted by: _stevo | January 13, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

timbo

---

thanks for the info. I'll grudingly hold out hope he doesn't turn into Semin or what Ovechkin has turned into this year.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

don't forget the 2 picks atlanta got for kovalchuk, which they traded for sopel, eager, and big buff so the trade was

kovalchuk

for

eager
sopel
big buff
oduya
bergfors
cormier

yeah I'd say atlanta won that trade

Posted by: _stevo

just the kind of indepth analysis this board needs more of. Good job stevo.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

try tellin that to SGM. His opinion when that trade went down was that the Devils won it hands-down and that Kovalchuk's on-paper statistics trounced any contributions that Oduya, Bergfors, and Cormier (down the road) could ever make.

i love how some fans can see hockey in such simplistic terms. If one player scores 40 goals and you get another player or two back who don't score that many goals, it means the team who gets the 40 goal player automatically wins the trade.

Posted by: cstanton1 |

It's still hard to judge that trade. Although Kovy has been hard to watch at some points this season, he has been the best Devil forward, by far. Parise has been out though. The Devils problems do not start or end with Kovy, they have all sorts of messes to clean up. Kovy's lack of production has only made their situation worse though.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | January 13, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,

The thing that worries me a little about Kuz is what his interest level looked like. Vs Finland, he looked invisible for periods 1 and 2. A light turned on and he was a beast for the third. Absolute beast. Hard to judge vs Canada as the Russians collectively were back on their heels for the first two periods, but he kicked a@@ again in the third.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 13, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

It's good to see you posting. I was thinking about something I saw a couple weeks ago, something about people w/incredible memories, and wouldn't you know I thought of you? Effen impressive, downright unbelieveable...

If you're into snowboarding and ever feel like coming up, I live 15 mins from Killington and you and family could stay w/us for free. We could snowboard, watch Caps games, look at my Erskine walls and ceilings, and have the kids draw pics of sgm3 and throw darts at 'em :)

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 13, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

RP, you're on record as being a huge Kovalchuk fan. I think if you look at Stevo's post, you can't help but agree that the trade wasn't even close. To get all those players for Kovalchuk is the reason the Thrashers even have a pulse, much less a fighting chance to win the division.

Adding Andrew Ladd in the offseason was the coup de grace.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I don't think I had an opinion of the Kovy trade.

Also, I want simple answers to my questions. Just give me a number for each question. No words, just a number.

1. How many Stanley Cups did those Caps teams with Ciccerelli and Rouse win?

2. What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season?

3. How many season did the Rouse and Ciccerrelli Caps go above .500?

These questions can all be answered by just giving a number. I could care less about the reasoning and the explaining you want to give. I just want a number. Why are you afraid to answer the very simple questions?

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Alex Semin is the premier rental available. IMO, Brad Richards will stay in Dallas for the remainder of the year.

Semin is part of the problem here, not part of the solution. McPhee could get prospects and picks, then turn around and trade those for what we need. We need a center and another wing, for either line 1 or 2.

This teams stars are playing terrible, Semin included. We need some new blood on the ice, as we have needed since the day the Montreal series ended. If McPhee doesn't go for broke this year, he should be removed. If that means trading one of Eakin/Kuznetsov, so be it. As far as I am concerned anything less should not be acceptable.

One last thing, the Tom Poti extension is the worst move he has ever made. Quite frankly, in a salary cap age, it is a "fireable" offense.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 13, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If you're into snowboarding and ever feel like coming up, I live 15 mins from Killington and you and family could stay w/us for free. We could snowboard, watch Caps games, look at my Erskine walls and ceilings, and have the kids draw pics of sgm3 and throw darts at 'em :)

Posted by: vermontcaps |

nice dude! I may take you up on that...I just planned a trip to Costa Rica right around the NHL trading deadline so I wouldn't be sick to my stomach this yr like I am almost every year.

I have two nice boards. A K2 Nemesis with risers built in and another board I'm ashamed to say I can't remember the brand or the model but it kix a__. More of a cruising board. The k2 is slimmer, more like a racing board. Also got a helmet for xmas this yr with headphones built in and the sound clarity is awesome. I didn't think I'd like wearing a helmet but the crisp audio quality is enough to get me to wear it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It's still hard to judge that trade. Although Kovy has been hard to watch at some points this season, he has been the best Devil forward, by far. Parise has been out though. The Devils problems do not start or end with Kovy, they have all sorts of messes to clean up. Kovy's lack of production has only made their situation worse though.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | January 13, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

________________________

Hockey is a team game & individual stats are great for well individuals... When I see NJ = 24 pts & Atl = 51 pts, today I say ATL won the trade.

I'll also say this... I would take Byfuglien over Kovalchuk right now. I wish the Caps got him. He does it all. I love his game.

Posted by: tony325 | January 13, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

don't forget the 2 picks atlanta got for kovalchuk, which they traded for sopel, eager, and big buff so the trade was

kovalchuk

for

eager
sopel
big buff
oduya
bergfors
cormier

yeah I'd say atlanta won that trade

Posted by: _stevo

You can't say that was the trade because New Jersey did not give up Big Buff, Eager(who the the Thrashers are trying to get rid of), and Sopel.

The Thrashers made a nice move taking advantage of Chicago's salary cap situation, but that lopsided trade was not on the Devils.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,

The thing that worries me a little about Kuz is what his interest level looked like. Vs Finland, he looked invisible for periods 1 and 2.
------------------

ugh. I knew it. I knew it without even really knowing it.

Timbo, your credibility just took a little hit :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Why are you afraid to answer the very simple questions?

Posted by: sgm3

they're not simple questions. They're inaccurate and intentionally misleading questions which are completely irrelevant to the very BASIC principle of "Did the Caps improve with the additions of Rouse and Dino at the expense of losing Garts and Murph"

Why can't YOU answer that question?

oh right..you weren't there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@ Poker...

I understand your frustration with Bruce, but i'm telling you he won't be fired. They (Ted and George) will give him this season to try and finish what he started.

George is a good GM, close to top-notch. He isn't going anywhere for at least 2 years. Ted had the utmost respect for George. So I agree, George is not the problem.

When times are tough, we need players like Optional to step up, not take time off.

And for the millionth time, if Backstrom is hurt, stop playing him. At least cut his minutes...because he is not helping us right now.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 13, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Kovalchuk sucked in Atlanta...he got to play in the horrible SE division his entire career. Are we seeing the same effect on the Caps now that the division is good?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 13, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Those questions are simple and not misleading. They are directly tied to the results of the team you speak so highly of. It's just wins and losses. I will answer them for you now so you can see how simple the answers are(well, they may be complicated for you).

Again:

1. How many Stanley Cups did those Caps teams with Ciccerelli and Rouse win? ZERO

2. What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season? EIGHT

3. How many season did the Rouse and Ciccerrelli Caps go above .500? ONE

The same questions regarding the last two of the Caps seasons go like this:

1. How many Stanley Cups? ZERO

2. What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season? SEVEN

3. How many season did they go above .500? TWO

Those are the FACTS.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You can't say that was the trade because New Jersey did not give up Big Buff, Eager(who the the Thrashers are trying to get rid of), and Sopel.

The Thrashers made a nice move taking advantage of Chicago's salary cap situation, but that lopsided trade was not on the Devils.

Posted by: sgm3

how do you consistently see things in such a horribly illogical manner?

The Thrash leveraged their picks to their advantage. Period. No one's saying it was at New Jersey's expense. That has no bearing on the trade. No more than us drafting Carlson by trading Eminger to the Flyers. Haven't you in the past pointed to that as a great trade for the Caps? Why? We didn't take Carlson away from Philly?

The trade shouldn't be judged solely on Atlanta getting better strictly at the Devils' expense. They got better by leveraging every part of the Ilya trade. You don't need to dissect it any further than that. Who knows, they could have drafted two excellent players with those picks as well. They just were smart about how to use it. It doesn't detract from the fact they overwhelmingly came out on top with the deal.

Why didn't the Caps take advantage of the Hawks and deal for one or two of their guys?

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Teams don't vote for captain anymore. I always thought it was a good idea that the players voted for captain.
If BB wants everyone to show up for practice don't make it an option. The team did play back-to-back games and they have a game tomorrow. It maybe a good idea to rest rather than skate.
IMO the coach isn't sure what he wants from the team. The players sure can't figure it out. BB isn't well suited to coach a defensive team. If your going to change the style from offensive to defensive, bring in a coach who believes in defense first.
If BB actually had a system, he could bench Ovie the next time he extends his shift or make him skip a shift the next time he tries to change without getting the puck deep or when he coasts to the bench when he is out of gas. But, it's hard to punish a player when you as the coach don't have an f-ing clue of what the player is doing wrong. "Work harder, get traffic in front" isn't much of a system. Screw BB it's way past time for a coaching change.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 13, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

nice dude! I may take you up on that...I just planned a trip to Costa Rica right around the NHL trading deadline so I wouldn't be sick to my stomach this yr like I am almost every year.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse


No way, we're going to be in Costa Rica Feb. 11-18th...that'd be too funny if it turned out we'd be in the same vicinity, same time. I'm a skier, but learning to snowboard this year w/our youngest son so I've got no equipment to brag about...our 10-yr old is a demon on the slopes.

But the offer is standing, and I'm only serious about 5 things in life: my family, my integrity, the Caps, the Grateful Dead, and golf.


Posted by: vermontcaps | January 13, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

From last thread, my attempt to answer a fair question:

Does he play a straight-ahead power game like Malkin?
-----------

Almost - maybe not quite the raw steam-train power of Malkin [who does?] but similarly explosive skating-wise, and very strong on the puck and in the corners. Very difficult for d-men to handle one-on-one - even for Canada's [and Sweden's, and Finland's] top defenders, who were invariably out there every time he stepped on the ice. But, as soon as said defender[s] would get help, zap - he'd find the open guy. Kind of the anti-Semin, in that respect ;-) [Almost "Forsbergian" to borrow Sutter's term].

There's something about the guy that I find hard to describe, other than his teammates seemed to really gravitate toward him, and his energy.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't the Caps take advantage of the Hawks and deal for one or two of their guys?

Posted by: cstanton1 |

salary cap restraints

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Those questions are simple and not misleading. They are directly tied to the results of the team you speak so highly of. It's just wins and losses. I will answer them for you now so you can see how simple the answers are(well, they may be complicated for you).

--sgm---

yes, i vote you off the island. Just for being a dunce with little to offer. That's all.

Because only an absolute dunce would evaluate a trade or a team never having watched any of the players or that team.

are you actually trying to say that the 89 Caps team should not be spoken highly of? You have some nerve.

You never watched em play. And yet somehow you're the expert. Do you comment on a lot of hockey-related things with that degree of certainty without having watched ?

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

salary cap restraints

Posted by: sgm3

yeah, because we hand out dumb contracts and extensions.

Still could've acquired Andrew Ladd.

But our GM thought all the pieces were apparently in place.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I never commented on the trade or the team, I was just pointing out how the did in terms of wins and losses. Then put up the current Caps last two seasons.

These facts are posted without commentary or opinion. Take from them what you will.

Again:

1. How many Stanley Cups did those Caps teams with Ciccerelli and Rouse win? ZERO

2. What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season? EIGHT

3. How many season did the Rouse and Ciccerrelli Caps go above .500? ONE

The same questions regarding the last two of the Caps seasons go like this:

1. How many Stanley Cups? ZERO

2. What were the most playoff games they won in a playoff season? SEVEN

3. How many season did they go above .500? TWO

Those are the FACTS.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree, I don't think BB will be fired now. Ted will give him at least until the end of the season, for better or worse.

BB doesn't know what to say or do to make this team perform. If the chewing them out doesn't work, he'll try the "we have bad luck" approach. I used to like the guy, but don't have a lot of faith in his coaching anymore.

I was hoping GMGM would make a move today, to show the team they better wake up. I should have known better.

I was in a bookstore today, picked up and thumbed through Ted's book about happiness. Sorry to say this, but a lot of pages, when I came to the conclusion that the answer was: Be Rich.

Sorry to be negative, but I am a cave dweller.


Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 13, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Well I mean the whole team looked dead, I don't think you can blame that on one guy. Let's see how Sid and the boys play in Sochi, is all I'm sayin'.

And he certainly played his best when it mattered most, which should count for something.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

good to see you back...where have ya been?

also...missed the conversation but saw something about Costa Rica...if it is your first time, you HAVE to take the zip line tour (I think it is in Mesa Verde) beautiful and tons of fun...also, where do you board? I have been going to Liberty this season...I don't go often so I kinda suck, but it sure is a fun sport.

Posted by: capscoach | January 13, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@soaringcaps

I agree with you that BB probably won't get fired until the end of the season. I'm just saying that he should get fired now. In my eyes and what I see is that he has lost the team. The team is no longer responding to him at all.

That being said I don't know why GMGM wouldn't make the move prior to the end of the season. He sure wouldn't have a hard time finding anybody who would WANT to coach this team. I'm sure anybody who wants (and is qualified) to coach in the NHL would LOVE to come coach this team. I also hope that if a move is made, it's not Bob Woods as the replacement.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

hey capscoach/vcaps

I'm doing the rainforest thing too but really going for the diving. Got a place in the Osa peninsula (southwestern part of Costa Rica) in an area called Drake's Bay. the place I'm staying at is a pretty rustic remote location accessible by boat only. Be there for 10 days.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Ovi is clearly out of shape. Just watch the game, he's a mess. Bruce really needs to make a statement and sit him. Make him pass a conditioning test. If you were a first time viewer, and had never heard of Alexander Ovechkin before, you would never think hes an elite player.

Posted by: capslax23 | January 13, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Ovi is clearly out of shape. Just watch the game, he's a mess. Bruce really needs to make a statement and sit him. Make him pass a conditioning test. If you were a first time viewer, and had never heard of Alexander Ovechkin before, you would never think hes an elite player.

Posted by: capslax23 | January 13, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any confidence that our stars will be able to "flip a switch"? They have shown no sign thus far that they will be ready. None. It is scary how bad they have looked. You keep waiting for it to end, and it doesn't.

Does anyone have any confidence that we can beat PHI, BOS, TB, ATL, PIT, MON, NYR, CAR in a 7 game series? Forget the West.

Bottom line, we don't have the horses right now. Time for McPhee to go out and get them. Even if that means trading Semin. Players are out there, he needs to find them. At this point, for management, it' "put up or shut up" time.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 13, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The junkies are a joke.

Posted by: GO583 | January 13, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

wow that sounds amazing...never been diving before, but I love getting away from it all. Have fun!

Posted by: capscoach | January 13, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Here we go. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Hey Brooksie, how about admitting that the Caps just aren't that good? That ever cross your mind? As Bill Belichik says "You are what your record says you are" and right now the Caps are a middle tier team basically in a weak (but improving) division.

2 out of the 3 next games are against very good teams so we'll see what this team is made of over the next week or so. Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it.

The Caps have 17 home games out of a total of 38 games remaining.

I hope I'm wrong and have to eat crow but Caps Nation is going to have to manage their expectations of this team for the balance of the year and into the post-season (if the Caps even make it there).

Fixing a problem starts with recognizing you have one and from what I read in these posts the Caps are a lazy, under-performing, disorganized and undisciplined team with a coach that is consistently outmatched by opposing coaches.

I say dump BB the t.v. star and bring in someone who can instill some discipline into this team like curfews, all-skate mandatory practices, fines for stick penalties and no favortism.

Alan May would look awesome standing behind the Caps bench. I'm just sayin'

Posted by: david_P | January 14, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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