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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Matt Bradley on Tampa Bay: 'Biggest game of the year'

By Gene Wang

The Washington Capitals are a little more than halfway through the regular season, yet the magnitude of Friday's game against Tampa Bay is such that veteran forward Matt Bradley is calling it the most significant of the season.

The Lightning not only is second in the Eastern Conference but also leads Washington in the Southeast Division by five points. A loss would drop the Capitals seven points behind with 29 games to play, including the final game of their series against the Lightning in Tampa on March 7.

"It definitely starts with Friday night," Bradley said. "If we can win that game, that kind of brings us closer to them, and then we can build off that."

The Capitals are in the middle of a potentially season-defining three-game stretch against Montreal, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. The Canadiens rallied from two goals down to beat Washington last night in a shootout, 3-2, issuing another unpleasant reminder of the Capitals' first-round playoff exit to them last season.

The Lightning, meantime, is where Washington was last season at this time, leading the division and playing like a team poised to advance deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tampa Bay also is in the early stages of a 12-game home stand.

And then there's arch nemesis Pittsburgh, which draws the ire of Capitals fans more than any other opponent and has redemption in mind following a 3-1 loss to Washington in the Winter Classic.

"I think it's pretty important," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Friday night. "They've got a five-point lead right now, and they've got the next nine games I think at home, so it's up there."

By Gene Wang  | February 2, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Bradley  
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I am so fricking sick of hearing/reading BB's comments, please CAN HIS A$$ already!

Posted by: PhilR | February 2, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"It definitely starts with Friday night," Bradley said.

to be followed on Saturday by:

"It definitely starts with Sunday's game, for sure"

to be followed on Monday by:

"We definitely need to get it going Tuesday night"

Sorry, I am getting a little cynical.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | February 2, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, what is this, the 10th "Biggest Game of the Season" at this point?

Pete and Re-Pete were sitting in a tree. Pete fell out, who was left?

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 2, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

It the same coach as the last 3 years - I think its the players not all giving their all. Play is sporadic at best. Some guys come out and dominate and then the next shift pull out a lame effort....fix that.

Thing is BB will always point out 12 games above .500 and many teams like to trade places with us - but most of these guys are not playing hard all the time.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | February 2, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Following sports isn't for cynics. Isn't it supposed to be fun? Yeah, losing blows but why dwell on it? There'll always be another game. Another season. If losses included not only our disappointment as well as our untimely demise because we followed a team that lost, then yeah, I can see us getting frantic and our knickers in a bunch. Otherwise, geez, it's just a game, people.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 2, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Following sports isn't for cynics? Left, are you sure you are a real Caps fan?

Posted by: mikebrady1 | February 2, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Can one of the WaPo reporters please contact McPhee for comment on why he stormed out of the VC last night?

Hopefully Bradley's comment means Caps will play at least 50 minutes of hockey Friday. Actually Caps played Tampa in Nov, was best game of the year I think - the one where Ovi played RW. I thought Boudreau should have left him on RW, but I guess not.

Meanwhile, another day goes by and still no probing stories about WHIFFGATE!

BTW, Locker and Joe B are finding it harder and harder to stay positive.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Can one of the WaPo reporters please contact McPhee for comment on why he stormed out of the VC last night?"

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He just remembered "The Bachelor" was on and realized he forgot to set his TiVo.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 2, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Ted and McPhee are in no rush, they have our money. Patience, remember the 5 year plan.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 2, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Can one of the WaPo reporters please contact McPhee for comment on why he stormed out of the VC last night?"

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He had explosive diarhea.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Can one of the WaPo reporters please contact McPhee for comment on why he stormed out of the VC last night?"


He had just opened the bill for Hadeed getting the bbq stains out of his carpet.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | February 2, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Based on the "Biggest games" the Caps have played earlier this year, we can expect:
1. The team not showing up at all in the 1st period.
2. The goalie playing great in the 1st keeping the score 2-0.
3. Marginal 2nd period effort, Tampa scores a "fluke" goal (3-0).
4. The Caps making a furious rush during the 3rd period, scoring 1 or 2 & dropping the game.
5. BB quoted after the game: "I'm not sure what happened. We need to play harder in the 1st. We played 20 (or 40 if you like) minutes of great hockey. We need to put in a full 60 minute game.
6. AND OF COURSE: "We played great but, we ran into a hot goalie"!!!!
7. Followed by me posting a rant about the same old sh*t, asking for BB's head.
8. After the Caps don't make the playoffs or get wiped in the 1st round, the Caps finally give BB the axe.
9. All you rah, rah fans will get on the blog & wonder aloud: "Why didn't the Caps get rid of the coach earlier?"
BTW, Caps fans expecting the worst are not cynics.
Realist: a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc., as they are; pragmatist

Posted by: chriscaps | February 2, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Can one of the WaPo reporters please contact McPhee for comment on why he stormed out of the VC last night?"

I heard pokerface got hold of GMGM's personal cell phone number and he passed it along to cstanton1. Now GMGM currently has 1638 unread text messages, all with the subject line "I HATE you".

That or he heard Belanger bought a house in Alexandria and enrolled his kids in school there for the 2011-12 year again. Hence he mumbled "not again...what is his guys deal?"

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 2, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@Semin - Thanks for that late afternoon humor!

Posted by: Iceman10 | February 2, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@chriscaps.

Brilliant.

And depressingly accurate, I bet :(

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 2, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@ mikebrady: Yeah, I love the Capitals. I love watching them. Yeah, it smarts for a little watching them play, maybe s*cking at it for a bit, and then lose. I can't call for everybody to be fired since I'm not in management. Everyone calling for someone, anyone, to be fired in my opinion is akin to a little kid throwing his old toys on the floor and insisting his parents buy him a new one. Or the teenage girl who wasn't allowed to go to the after school dance and yelling at her parents that she hates them and wishes she were dead. All inane, silly overreactions. By all means, don't stop. It really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Does it?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 2, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@Semin
@chriscaps

I'm glad this horror story can be made fun of at times. Funny stuff !!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah a followup on GMGM is needed. And the Caps players/coaches/management/owner all say the same thing over and over again.

Katie should playback their answers from the previous game to them before they respond after the next 3-2 shootout loss.

Posted by: Albright4Snapper | February 2, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

IMO, they should name Erskine captain, coach and GM.

Then the Master of Disaster would be able to unleash his vengence upon others at every level of the organization.

As GM, he would beat up other GMs until they relented to his trade demands.

As coach, players would be so afraid of Johnny E as coach that they would follow his every request like a soldier under Patton.

As captain Johnny E would put the fear of god into the refs that the Caps would never receive a minor penalty again.

As a player he would continue to pummel and dominate as he has.

GET ON IT TED!!!!!

JOHNNY E FOR THE FIRST PLAYER/CAPTAIN/COACH/GM!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

chriscaps, you left a couple off:

10. Ted Leonsis blogging the next day with lines like: "I can’t explain it. I know many of you can."
11. GMGM shrugging off fan and media criticism: "If they knew anything about the game, they'd be in it."

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 2, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@leftcoast

Buddy, I lived in northern California for five years. You might as well tattoo "Goof ball liberal" across your forehead. The object is to win the championship. I've been rooten' for the Caps since '74. I've seen enough "games". I want to see playoff games with the different set of rules, and 10X the intensity. And, I want to watch it for a month. We deserve it at this point. We had to put up with a jerk owner in Abe for decades, and now we have a "living in Dreamland" owner.

The fact that the B's, Pens, and Flyers all look to be in better playoff shape than us, wants me to e mail Ted to "sell the team to someone who really wants to win the big ugly friut Bowl." This GMGM and BB thing is comical now that the Pens have RELOADED. We never even loaded !!!!!

Now go back to your "hacky sack" game at the corner of Haight and Ashberry.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Your post would be funny if we didn't have the biggest number of pu**ies in the league on our roster.

Go get 'em Sarge !!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@Hatfield

Your Ted response is right on.

GMGM is treated differently at the Rockville Ice House when his kids play there now. We're all serious Caps fans and really don't like being told that we're not Montreal or Toronto or Detroit fans.
I avoid the guy, as do many of my friends.
As far as I'm concerned, "He's insulted us, and saddled us with Poti and Semin contracts that the next GM won't want."

I only pray that he doesn't trade Eakin in a panic to make the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, will the Caps play 60 minutes in the "biggest game of the year" ????????

Will Backy ever crash the slot again now that we are "post FAT contract" ??????????

Bruins are gonna' "gut us like a fish" (Tyson) in the playoffs. That's a team playing angry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@Hatfield

Ted has become so smug over the past two years, it makes me nauseous.

Posted by: Albright4Snapper | February 2, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Start to panic...I think several months of mediocrity says it all

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 2, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

The caps already have a GM that likes to bash heads. He punched the Blackhawks coach outside their locker room after a preseason game in 99 and was subsequently jumped by a number of their players. GMGM certainly has his flaws but I still find it difficult to dislike a guy that will go to an opposing locker room alone and start a fight.

Posted by: BorntoHula | February 2, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The caps already have a GM that likes to bash heads. He punched the Blackhawks coach outside their locker room after a preseason game in 99 and was subsequently jumped by a number of their players. GMGM certainly has his flaws but I still find it difficult to dislike a guy that will go to an opposing locker room alone and start a fight.

Posted by: BorntoHula

I think GMGM is generally a very level headed guy, but when he gets pissed he gets pissed. That time in Chicago is an example.

I think that last night, with him stormning out of the dressing room, may be a sign of him getting pissed again. When GMGM is pissed he will do something. Now, whether that ends up being good for the team is another thing, but I expect him to do something and something soon(by Feb. 8).

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Ted and McPhee saw what happened last year against Montreal and thought nothing was wrong.

What a joke? We sit and watch other teams pass us by, and we don't even respond over the summer. Instead, we give raises to: Flash, Schultz, Fehr, B. Gordon. We resign Poti for two more years, now he is UNTRADEABLE. Semin, no goals in his last 14 playoff games, let's not move him either, let's extend.

Ted has no idea what's wrong. I guess it's hard to see what's wrong with your head up your a$$.

We do not have the horses, period. Are they out there? Yes. Can McPhee get them? I have absolutely no confidence that he can.

Trade deadline 26 days away. No excuses should be acceptable from this man anymore. At this point, saying you won't overpay should not be acceptable. If you don't want to overpay at the trade deadline, then he should have signed a UFA last summer, after we clearly needed some veteran help.

Put up or shut up time McPhee!

Posted by: underpants2 | February 2, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

sgm3

how did you come up with the feb 8th date

Posted by: samb99 | February 2, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The need for a second line center has been upgraded to needing a first line center. backstrom can now play 2nd. I was surprised to actually notice Laich playing last night. He had virtually disappeared for the last two months and I oft found myself wondering why he wasn't playing, when in fact he was. McPhee must realize that his job is in jeopardy if the CAPs tank this year, so BB job is therefore in serious jeopardy. Daddy Warbucks won't stand the empty seats and lost revenue that another failure will surely bring. That said, they all seem more than willing to 'stick with the plan' to the whole thing comes crashing down upon them. I'm not sure what the plan is, but seems to be DENY DENY DENY. This my friends, is the definition of LOSERs.

Posted by: festus75 | February 2, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

12. Maybe we're just pacing ourselves.

Posted by: festus75 | February 2, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This will inflame a bunch of you - McPhee is right. Caps fans are not Montreal, Toronto, or Detroit fans. MOST here know VERY little about the game and are here only for the wins. As far as the armchair managers here, not one comes close to his/her knowledge of the game and the aspects of management and deal-making. Do I agree with all of his moves? No. But to insinuate that anyone of us (that includes myself) actually know how to "fix" things is just plain stupid. Offer an opinion or a wish list, but trash-talking just makes you look ignorant. I hope a bunch of players and staff read these columns now and then for a good laugh.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"Can one of the WaPo reporters please contact McPhee for comment on why he stormed out of the VC last night?"

He was rushing to retract his words; “It sends the right message to our fans and to this franchise that we have outstanding young players (Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin) who are ready to commit for the rest of their career. You win championships with these kinds of players.”

Posted by: festus75 | February 2, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm honestly to the point that I don't think ANY rentals (even a Brad Richards, who won't be dealt anyway) would help drag this team out of the muck, let alone put them over the top. I'd go so far as to say that I think it'd be a bad idea to give up any decent prospects or picks for what is looking to be a lost season.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 2, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

McPhee is right. Caps fans are not Montreal, Toronto, or Detroit fans. MOST here know VERY little about the game and are here only for the wins.
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If McPhee was the GM of a team in any of those traditional hockey cities, he would have been FIRED years ago.

So he actually owes his job to the ignorant fans.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

how did you come up with the feb 8th date

Posted by: samb99

It was arbitrary. I said it earlier, but my thinking was that with the forthcoming schedule in February, that GMGM will make a move within the 1st week back after the All-Star break.

My thinking is that a lot of talk happens over the All-Star break and that he would push to make a move sooner rather than later. This is obviously contingent on the other team being amenable to making a move also.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

thanks kind of like the weather forecastors in the dc area bit arbitrary..

Posted by: samb99 | February 2, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if McPhee was wearing that scarf of his when he went storming out of the VC.

I don't trust anyone in the hockey business who wears a scarf.

Anybody think Erskine would be caught dead wearing a scarf?

YOU GET EM JOHNNY E! YOU'RE NO SCARF WEARER!

I think katie should do a poll:

"Which Caps mosy likely to wear a scarf?"

My guess: Semin.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup,
I would love to blast you for being wrong...if you were wrong. The majority of the fans from northern cities have played & watched hockey all their lives. Many of our fans have just recently found hockey.
It's difficult to understand the GM of sports. Most fans (me included) have very little knowledge in this area. However, people who have played & watched hockey all their lives do know something about players, coaching & systems.
If our fans continue to watch, read, research (and maybe even lace them up and get out on the ice) the knowledge base will improve.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 2, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

George Mcphee:
Once classless, always classless.

This guy is so full himself, yet has accomplished NOTHING.

I could easily run a team better than this clown. It's too easy, Mcphee is nothing, a nobody.

Posted by: Cheef | February 2, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

I would say there is a 99% chance Semin wears a scarf and a 95% chance Backstrom does also.

It may be a european style thing though.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup: I started watching NHL in 1964. Is that long enough to understand the game.

It's hockey, not brain surgery.

I think most fans who follow their favorite team, football, baseball, hockey, can tell when the players are stinking up the joint and when the team is playing in a discombobulated fashion.

The Caps right now look as disorganized as any time in recent (since early 80s) history. Only exception was the last year or so of the Jagr era.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

joek443 - You know this for a fact? He would have been fired years ago? Most every interview or comment I have heard or read by other GMs or coaches consider McPhee one of the better ones in the league. MIstakes are made, players don't pan out, and some deals are just too costly, but that does not mean he is only here because of the ignorant fans.

chriscaps - I understand your point. Fans here are what they are... living in a traditionally non-hockey world. I think it's great to see the interest pick up, amateur leagues and high school teams growing, etc... Who knows what time will tell. I just get tired of so many people complaining without the credibility to back it up.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Most likely to wear scarves? Tom Poti and Jeff Schultz. They carry them in their purses.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 2, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup

You're a goof !! My family is from Chicago.
My cousin has an NCAA championship ring for hockey. My uncles all coach travel in the Midwest. My son plays 5 days a week in Rockville. We live and breath hockey. It's a way of life !! Don't insult us. You jerk !

This Caps team is lazy. Some of the players are starting to mistreat the fans during autograph requests. McPhee has insulted all us who study and love the game. ANY IDIOT CAN SPOT A LAZY HOCKEY TEAM. JUST WATCH THE FORECHECK AND WATCH HOW MANY GUYS FINISH THEIR CHECKS.
We're so soft that many in the NHL expect us to be done in the first round. I don't. But, I do expect us to eventually fold when the going gets tough because we're lazy and soft. You're as big a jerk as McPhee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal1 - Wow. Impressive. But a fan's understanding of the game falls far short of the understanding of the game possessed by the players, coaches and management. Again, every fan has the right to express opinions, but to say as Cheef just did "I could easily run a team better than this clown..." sounds just plain stupid.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

@ gonchpup

This is McPhee's first GM job, you name me a GM of a major market team in any sport who gets a chance to rebuild like he did several years ago.

Unless you have the resume of Glen Sather or Scotty Bowman, you don't get a chance to do that with the same team. Because the fans in those cities won't stand for any on the job training of a GM.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey there, Hunter - I new I'd piss off a few. Do you know how to read? First off, I said "most" fans. You OBVIOUSLY are the real deal based on all of your family ties and kids playing in Rockville. My point was directed at those (maybe you) that honestly think they have all the answers. Now. Am I pleased with the Caps play this year? Absolutely not. But, I acknowledge some of the good as well as the bad as opposed to just constantly bashing the team. I agree with you that much of the play is soft. But who am I to imply that I know more than McPhee or Bruce or can offer advice to the players on where they should be on the ice. Take that as insult if you'd like. Call me a jerk if it makes you feel better. It's kind of funny that Caps personnel is fair game for vicious comments but posters here are sacred.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

We will know how "big" of a game it is by the morning skate.

No Ovechkin, just another day.

Ovechkin there...they mean business!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 2, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Some notes from watching the Habs game:

1) after the 1st period, Habs dominated the game. In terms of performance, they were the clear winners regardless of the outcome.

2) Subban v Ovechkin was a great battle and I was impressed with Subban's skating. And he got Ovie riled up enough that Ovie was actually checking and hitting Subban deep in his own zone. Never seen Ovie do that before. He's a little scary but as an opposing fan, I've got to take my hat off to a great performance.

3) The Caps are at their worst against teams with quick forwards: the Habs made us look confused and slow on D (which we were and are). Since we can't acquire 3 defensemen at the deadline and integrate them into the team, I see no point in making a major move. (I would - Semin fan that I am - trade Semin for Subban in a heartbeat, though. There's a defender who can play a physical game and skate.)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 2, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I think our core is fine, but there are still pieces of the puzzle missing. IMO this is where our players is good enough to play.

Ovi - Backstrom - ? *Top-scoring line*
Semin - ? - ? (Knuble) *Second scoring line*
Laich - ? (MaJo) - ? (Beagle) *Shutdown line*
Bradley - ? (Steckel) - Hendricks *Checking/energie line*

Hannan - Green
Alzner - Carlson
Erskine/Schultz - ?

Knuble - Is not good enough for the 1st line duty anymore, might do as 2nd line winger with the right #2C.

MP - semidecent hands, but too weak on and off the puck, only good to us as tradebait.

MaJo - Future #3C, Is not really ready to handle the shutdownrole, need to bulk up a little more. Not close to be a #2C, yet.

Fehr - Potential 2nd line winger, not scoring consistently enough yet, and not good enough defensively to be a shutdown winger.

Beagle - (possibly the future #3W) Has great workethic, positionally sound, needs to be a little more consistent though.

Chimera - Is a 4th-liner too me, but a too expensive one for that, and needs to be a little grittier.

Steckel - Wins a lot of faceoffs, but needs to up his cyclegame, his speed and his grit to be an ideal checkingline center.

B. Gordon - Good defensive instincts, but too soft.

DJK - was clearly overestimated by GMGM. can't skate, can't puckhandle, can barely hit people.

Poti - Is by far too soft and injuryprone

Erskine/Schultz - Can battle for 6th/7th D

Which makes our primary needs: #1LW, #2C, a leftshooting, Puckmoving, 3rd pair D-men to man the 2nd PP-unit.
And if out there, rentals for #3C, #3W and a #4C.

Tradeable: MP, Knuble, Fehr, B.Gordon, A.Gordon, Steckel, DJK, Poti, Schultz, Chimera

Posted by: Walle | February 2, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

joek443 - What team in any sport has their GM decided by the fans? I have yet to see banners at the Verizon Center screaming for joek for GM!

Anyway, enough of all that. In my opinion, and what bothers me most about this team right now is not the mgmt, but our beloved Capt. Ovie. It's not because his point production has fallen, but more of his attitude towards the game and his role as captain. The examples he sets away from the games is more troubling. He is quickly becoming the league clown and seems more concerned with his playful image than rallying the team. On top of that, he is pretty crappy to his fans. I think the original "love" is going to wear off pretty quickly unless he starts proving himself worthy of wearing the "C". Unrelated to his play, my daughter was at Kettler a couple of weeks ago and said that Ovie ran from 10 or so kids and almost closed his door on a couple of their fingers. Come on... 2 minutes to sign a few autographs for some adoring kids? His selfish, egotistical side is getting old.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that the Havs wouldn't trade Subban for anybody on our team not named Ovie.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 2, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Tradeable: MP, Knuble, Fehr, B.Gordon, A.Gordon, Steckel, DJK, Poti, Schultz, Chimera
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you wanna throw in a ham sandwich with those players too? Except for 8, 19 and maybe 74 & 52, EVERYONE on this team should be tradable.

This team needs more than just "fine-tuning", they need a major shake-up. They need a Gartner for Dino 2.0 like yesterday.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the D personnel is fine. Maybe not the tough, nasty type some would prefer to see, but they are getting the job done. Still need to improve on not giving up the odd-man rushes, but a vast improvement over last year. Same with the PK. Fix what needs to be fixed. The talent is here but the desire is not. Ovie is the catalyst but it's just not taking hold. Though not nearly as talented, Chris Clark was a much better Capt. - didn't see him skipping practices and played hurt most of his last 2 years here. A captain needs to SHOW character... not BE one.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Comments on some of the posts I've read.
If GMGM was a GM in a "real" hockey town the poster was right..his butt would be already GONE.
Ted..He has his BB team now so the Caps are yesterdays news to him..maybe that is why he has become a little on the smuge side.
Look for a butt whooping Friday night as Tampa is gonna show just who is the SE champ. Another shutout wouldn't shock me.
And Sunday..who knows but I say the Caps lose yet again which would out us at 5 in a row ( counting on losing to Tampa and the Pens ) .
Sick of the blah blah blah from this team and coaches...talk is cheap. Action speaks louder than all the talk. I'm gonna throw up if I hear another "hot goalie" " were just not scoring but we are working hard " " this is a huge game for us " and so on and so forth.
I say coach BB's days are numbered. It almost appears as if he has totally lost the team.

Posted by: jotay131 | February 2, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

What team in any sport has their GM decided by the fans?
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This may be a new concept in sports but GMs are judged by the W/L records of the teams of which they're in charge.

McPhee can't have it both ways. He BENEFITTED and was able to keep his job because Washington DC isn't Boston, Montreal or NYC when his team stunk.

But when his team is EXPECTED to do well, now he can't handle the pressure and says the fans are ignorant???

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup

I don't care what LL in Jersey is floating out there about his boy McPhee. The guy has put together a very lazy team with zero character. Just look at the playoff performances.

There ARE folks on this site who given the films could put together a better "play off team" than this goof. This guy will not GM in the league once he's bounced from here. Once the truth comes out about how poorly this organization has been run, neither BB or GMGM return to significant positions in the NHL. McPhee is Butch Cassidy !!!!!!!!

Prediction - McPhee, chief of scouting for Devils. That's it !

BB - AHL assistant coach! Just Like Butch Cassidy, Imagine that !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Redlityoga
Where did I list chimera on my prime list of players to keep? What r u smoking and can I have some. Re hendricks and why he made the list, I already explained it.

Gonchpup- your evaluations are about as inane as I've ever read. You claim that after the victory ovr the devils that we all thought this team was great? You"ve been absent in class a lot huh.


Re playing Tampa. Even if we beat em it means very little. They're not built for a long playoff run and the only reason to be positive about the caps' chances are if they rip off like 10 straight strong efforts and make some good moves at the deadline. Then there would be reason for some optimism. Note, I didn't say 10 straight wins. Just several strong efforts instead of just payin lip svc to it

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup

joek could do a better job than McPhee. GMGM is as lazy as the team he's assembled.

Who hires a drunk for head coach, when the Wings knew this early on ???

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Time for a coaching change, it's the same answers for 2 months, and the players are not responsding. Sorry, but you can't trade all the players. This team is in desperate need a of 2nd line center.. And some more players with some fight in them. (and I don't mean DJ KIng types) When things get tough, they are softer than a roll of charmin. Too many pansies.

Posted by: topshelf | February 2, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Brads, enjoy your new team. You are too good to be associated with a soft team like this anyway....

Posted by: festus75 | February 2, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Hunter - I still don't think it is an issue with the players assembled as much as how they are playing - that seems to point to coaching and the players themselves. Last year the issues were weak D and horrible PK. The coaching staff and players have vastly improved that part of the game. This year it's offensive output and an almost non-existent powerplay and as you pointed out, soft play. I think the personnel would be fine if they would play to their abilities. It's a matter of character. I would rather address that issue from within than shop a bunch of players and hope for better. Players like Laich played with crowd-pleasing effort since he was brought on board and this year he just doesn't seem to be bringing the same game. It's examples like that where I don't see it as a mgmt decision. Somebody... capt., coach, etc... has to light the fire under their butts. I thought for sure that after last year's embarrassment in the 1st round that they would come out hungry. I'm not ready to throw in the towel on these guys yet. They road that crest all last year and then sunk. Maybe this adversity and lack of respect from opposing teams might be enough to get them going. Time to lose the egos and suck it up.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Here's a newsflash. Laich has been playing harder in front of that net lately than he has in a long time. His alleged "crowd-pleasing effort" has always still been a far cry from the best crease players in the league.

Any kind of "battling" this team does is still shades below the teams who do it better.

A good GM CHANGES things up when he senses something like what is going on here, and what has been going on here. Our GM as usual is caught with his pants down. Overconfident as usual. Wrong as usual.

And if he fires Boudreau, now that's 3 different coaches under his belt (even though he didn't hire Ron he kept him around long enough) with very limited playoff successes. Aside from that 1st yr eons ago, what has this team done in the playoffs?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"And if he fires Boudreau, now that's 3 different coaches under his belt (even though he didn't hire Ron he kept him around long enough) with very limited playoff successes. Aside from that 1st yr eons ago, what has this team done in the playoffs?"

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 8:51 PM

I'm pretty sure you meant four, and didn't think of our first Bruce behind the bench during McPhee's stint. Bruce Cassidy.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 2, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hunter - I still don't think it is an issue with the players assembled as much as how they are playing
--gonch---

and that's why you support McPhee. So the players who you don't think are playing well, the ones who McPhee acquired, are not the problem. The coach who is supposed to motivate them among other things, the guy who McPhee hired, isn't the problem.

And if the coach and players ARE the problem, then why isn't McPhee to blame?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure you meant four, and didn't think of our first Bruce behind the bench during McPhee's stint. Bruce Cassidy.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada

haha, i guess all that therapy DID help me block out that period.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

McPhee is the BIGGEST problem. Everything else that some fans consider to be the problem are just the symptoms. You don't cure diseases by just treating the symptoms. Drill down to root cause and fire that bum already.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup

If your lucky enough to play in the NHL, and you can't get motivated to play the storied Detroit Red Wings or the Montreal Canadians with all their banners, you should not be on our roster. You're not Stanley material.

I want hungry men with character. Like the guys that litter the Flyers and Pens roster. I want guys who will practically die trying to win Stanley. They exist all over the league. Guys on this site can name 'em. I'll bet GMGM can't !!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach

The Flyers haven't won a SC since 1975, hardly the team to emulate.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

You can talk trade all you want 1.4 mill left in cap. and who wants the the players you arm chair gms want to trade? Trade the captain now!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sporttraveler | February 2, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

haha, i guess all that therapy DID help me block out that period.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 9:03 PM

Where and who do you see for this therapy? haha I will gladly do whatever it takes to forget the days of his coaching. What pains me more is that he had a great group of guys like Nylander, Grier, Gonchar, Calle. That series vs Tampa Bay still haunts me.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 2, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

sporttraveler

your number is wrong. Salary in NHL is prorated. So they can take on a $5million annual salary type of players. That is lot much higher than most teams. plus if they trade a salary that would add to the top line

Posted by: samb99 | February 2, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

1. My un-educated opinion is BB survives until summer. Not qualifying for the playoffs or a 1st round exit should seal it.
2. Why anyone associated with the team says publicly the TB game is "the biggest game of the year" is beyond me. Why put yourself and team in that position? It's asking for trouble and more humiliation when you lose 5 to 1.
3. I know I'm repeating myself, but this still comes back to last summer when GMGM made no major moves to shore up a team that was embarrased by Montreal. This showed that GMGM and BB really believed the nonsense they spewed about the "hot goaltender". They really believed the 1st round elimimination was just a freak happening, and that their President's Trophy winning dynamo would be back this season to roll through the league again.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 2, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to interrupt but did anyone just see this?
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=95819

Can Varly or Neuvy box? Goodness, Sunday may be ugly.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 2, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I saw it! Johnny one-punches DiPietro. I laughed immediately when I saw it. DiPietro looks like a total a$$ after that one. It's a must-see!

Posted by: sca187 | February 2, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if anyone already covered this, but Steven Hindle has interesting article on Hockey Buzz about Caps. Not sure of its accuracy, but he surmises Alex is losing the room and the team is dividing into two camps. Not sure if this is all true, but it at least is interesting "reporting", with some behind the scenes stuff we normally do not get.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 2, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@kcbrichmond

I read it. I don't think a trade will rectify the situation. It seems the team needs to have a closed door meeting without press or coaches and figure it out.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 2, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

It also makes me believe that Ovi is more of a leader on the ice than in the locker room and doesn't call out teammates. He's quiet when he may need to be more vocal. Who knows anymore. Any room in your cave until March 1.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 2, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Who hires a drunk for head coach, when the Wings knew this early on ???

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 7:33 PM

Hey! I resemble that remark!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I read it too. Some interesting points and perspective. I wouldn't doubt that he is close to hitting the nail on the head.

This team needs a character boost. Give Calgary anything they want for Iginla.

Posted by: sca187 | February 2, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Johnny is the man! I know he is a Penguin, but I'm still a big fan of his. Class act who took a lot of garbage from the organization, and remained humble the entire time. Great teammate, and very kind to the fans. Looks like he learned a few things or two from Olie during his tenure here. Go Johnny Go!

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 2, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I say vs. TB and PIT

1. Caps will get shut out.
2. Caps will lose in a shoot-out.

Monday morning, Gabby will be FIRED!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 2, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Here's the article:

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Steven-Hindle/1-Point--Many-Concerns/98/33345

This guy is being paid and all he is writing basically is what we've all been saying.

One thing I agree with him and I'm in the minority is Brooks Laich. The consensus here, led by sgm, is Laich is a 3rd liner. Well, he had 59 pts last year (I know, I know! sgm, many were on the PP. OK!!!!) and that makes him clearly a 2nd line scorer. Plus his D is above avg (his PKing last night was excellent). You can't tell me that if we could get a decent #2C, like Umberger, that Laich wouldn't make a perfect LW. Now throw Semin on that line and you have something. Put Fehr with Ovi and Backstrom and pray. Put Knuble, Beagle, Hendricks MaJo some combo for a checking line.

Another point he correctly makes is Chimera is playing outside his comfort zone. Let me add to that: Other than speeding up and down the ice like a water bug, Chimera HAS NO comfort zone. He has hands of stone and doesn't play D. I was the first to say trade him last spring and I haven't stopped. Trade him already! Andrew Gordon can do that job for 1/3rd the money!

Oh, and thanks to George (the scarfwearer) McPhee for driving me to drink! Bottoms up, George!

One more thing...years from now they will discover, I kid you not, that the Caps play this year was the result of a Swedish hex placed on the team by Micheal Nylander's mother. A mom has to watch for her boy, you know.

KATIE: WHERE'S THE STORY ON WHIFFGATE?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Some of the arguments on here are getting ridiculous. Hunter, you have brothers that coach, a cousin with an NCAA ring, and you drive your son to the rink 5 times a week? That's great, but where's your experience. My uncle is a lawyer so I can defend you in court. My brother in law is a doctor so I can perform heart surgery on you.

Why in heck do some of you so called long time fans keep pointing to players that we used to have as players we could use now? NONE of those players ever produced a Stanley Cup have they? Every one of those players contributed to the long list of 3-1 blown leads in playoff series. I have remained a fan through all of the disappointments but those players never figured it out so I don't even want to suggest they could make a difference now, they didn't back then.

Now, I agree with everyone saying something is jacked up with the team. They simply do not believe. I don't know if it is BB they don't believe in, or if they have just completely lost their confidence. They do look like they are in total disarray. When someone like Erskine starts to pinch when we have a lead, something is wrong. Ersk should never pinch unless we are pressing at the end of a game that we are trailing in.

Over the last couple of years every time I went to Verizon and turned on the TV I expected the Capitals to win. Now, I am back to hoping they win. Sadly enough it looks like the team is approaching games the same way.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 2, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Nobody wants to hear it, but I think a really big problem on this team...

Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green and Carlson...

All of em have IQs under 100 and Green and Carlson might be in the 80s. Ever hear Green speak? He's challenged. Very much so.

Honest Injun, except I think for Laich, maybe Alzner, the whole lot of em are under 100.

Perreault? Steckel? Bradley? Semin? Schultz?

Ok, maybe Schultz is 105.

You look at teams that win, and they have smart players. The exception is the Steelers because they have some real boneheads on offense. Tomlin though is a really bright coach. He makes up for Big Ben who's about as dumb as they come.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow Tom. Food (or drink) for thought. I can definitely see what you're saying. I don't think it matters that most of them have a low IQ... It's the fact that it's everyone you mentioned that doesn't show much articulation when they communicate.

I agree. We need to bring in a couple of smart LEADERS. And as much as I've loved BB over the few years, I sincerely think he's lost the room.

This organization needs to show some killer instinct on all levels (ownership, mgmt, coaching, players, team masseuse) in order to go anywhere fast. For a "contender", we sure have stood pat on player/role upgrades far more than we should have. That really does seem like an issue that needs to be addressed.

Posted by: sca187 | February 2, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

To the big daddy: That means MAKE A CHANGE!

Posted by: sca187 | February 2, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Why in heck do some of you so called long time fans keep pointing to players that we used to have as players we could use now? NONE of those players ever produced a Stanley Cup have they? Every one of those players contributed to the long list of 3-1 blown leads in playoff series. I have remained a fan through all of the disappointments but those players never figured it out so I don't even want to suggest they could make a difference now, they didn't back then.
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Well if you apply the same logic, what makes any of the current players special?? They've lost 3 outta 4 playoff series.

And you're the biggest kool-aid drinker on here. Will you be dissing these current players the same way you diss the Langways and the Hunters 5 years from now if they never advance past the first couple rounds in the playoffs???

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

And you ARE saying you wouldn't want HOF players such as Stevens, Langway, Dino, Murphy or Gartner on this team right now, correct??

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

I sat there during the HBO babble and listened to GMGM tell me that I don't know hockey ? He's said the same thing to Tarik off the record. He is a Baker winner who went to law school. He can't GM. People are expecting a first round exit. How can this be ?

Tom in socal, Cstanton, Sgm3, joek, for starters constantly bring up names of guys that have character and want to win. How did we get here ? This is nuts ! There are guys on this site who could put together a better playoff group than McPhee. The guy
has zero ability to judge character. He's a loser.

Also, blowing a 3-1 lead to Mario is a 10X more respectable than losing the way we did last year. We looked like school girls in game 5.

Exactly what has GMGM done that another NHL GM could not pull off ? His Backy pick isn't looking so hot now is it ? Fehr in round one ? Chimera's hands of concrete ?
Semin's mental illness ? Poti - the poke check Queen ? Remember Victor Kozlof - had not scored a playoff goal in 38 games. Who wants a sissy like that on your team when your building a play off winner ?

This guy needs to leave for Jersey !!

Yea fanhock, I think a lot of us can judge
character and talent a lot better than McPhee. GMGM let J.R. walk out of the room
and he took Jagr and Butch. Real bright move !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 3, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

I sat there during the HBO babble and listened to GMGM tell me that I don't know hockey ? He's said the same thing to Tarik off the record. He is a Baker winner who went to law school. He can't GM. People are expecting a first round exit. How can this be ?

Tom in socal, Cstanton, Sgm3, joek, for starters constantly bring up names of guys that have character and want to win. How did we get here ? This is nuts ! There are guys on this site who could put together a better playoff group than McPhee. The guy
has zero ability to judge character. He's a loser.

Also, blowing a 3-1 lead to Mario is a 10X more respectable than losing the way we did last year. We looked like school girls in game 5.

Exactly what has GMGM done that another NHL GM could not pull off ? His Backy pick isn't looking so hot now is it ? Fehr in round one ? Chimera's hands of concrete ?
Semin's mental illness ? Poti - the poke check Queen ? Remember Victor Kozlof - had not scored a playoff goal in 38 games. Who wants a sissy like that on your team when your building a play off winner ?

This guy needs to leave for Jersey !!

Yea fanhock, I think a lot of us can judge
character and talent a lot better than McPhee. GMGM let J.R. walk out of the room
and he took Jagr and Butch. Real bright move !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 3, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Yea, McPhee used to bad mouth the Flyers and their style years ago too. But, I would be much happier knowing that my owner had hired GM's who new how to assemble a group of playoff warriors.

We should know how hard it is to get to the Finals, since we can't get past an 8th seeded Smurf team with a sickly lookin' Slovak goalie.

SIX TRIPS TO THE FINALS SINCE THE BOBBY CLARK CUPS IS ONE HELL OF A RECORD. They'll get their Cup, and we'll be scratching our rears wondering how GMGM was allowed to run this team for 13 years.

sgm3, the Flyers have reloaded AGAIN !! Get ready, they may Hoist !!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 3, 2011 12:17 AM | Report abuse

From today's sports post column:

Perhaps. The trade deadline is Feb. 28. General Manager George McPhee stormed out of the locker room soon after the game furious about something, certainly not happy with the outcome - shootout or no shootout

Maybe just maybe GMGM is finally going to do something - not because he's mad but because a message needs to be sent. February will be an interesting month to watch.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 3, 2011 1:02 AM | Report abuse

@fanhock

How come we don't have Euro's named "the mule" who ring up 5 and win Cups ?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 3, 2011 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Same bunch of clowns posting how much they think they know and blah blah blah. The one dudes right. It's just a game. If you don't like the way the club is run sit your rear at home. Aint nobody forcing you to watch.

Posted by: racer63 | February 3, 2011 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the Pittsburgh win in the beginning of the year, what must win game has the Caps outright won? BB sounds like a man on a very short lease.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 3, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Great leftcoast is back [dripping with sarcasm]. Anyone remember last year when he was here bragging and boasting about how great the Caps are? Now during a tough stretch it all becomes "just a game". Can anyone say fair-weather fan with me? Hey lefty, leave the blog to the real fans, who may overreact now and then but isn't that what being a FANatic is all about?

Posted by: penscapsNOTarivalry | February 3, 2011 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The Caps & San Jose Sharks have been held scoreless seven times each this season. Last year combined they were shut out only three times. (and they both have 30 games left!)

Potential SC Final match up?

Wow

Fix that problem and they might get somewhere in the postseason because these teams get ZERO regular season points in shutouts (except for the 1-0 loss to TB in overtime)....

Not lost on me is that the Caps have proven they can win regulation games that they score less than 3 goals in but they cant convince me that ZERO goals will win anything no matter how well they play D.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | February 3, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Ladies, and Fellas...

I love the blame game. However, let's think for a second...

1) The players get paid enormous amounts of money. Why aren't they getting any of the blame? Backstrom, Ovechkin? That's over 14 MILLION dollars. A YEAR!

2) The next layer is the Assistant Captains. They need to help the captain step up and help send the coaches message to the players. Who are the "A"...? Backstrom (waste of a letter), Chimera (ha!), Knuble (the only one worthy).

3) Next is the Captain. Just like the ship, if the ship goes down, so does the Captain. He sets the example. On and off the ice. Well, I don't need to go any further on this one.

4) If they players aren't in line and performing and the Captains are not doing their job, the coach has to figure out how to conform and get the players in line. The coach is also supposed to be controlling the team. The fact that Ovechkin is off boozing it up late night every night...the coach needs to discipline him. Set him straight.

5) Now it's on the GM. At this point nobody wants a foddering drunk like Ovechkin, a 6 million dollar bust like Backstrom. A little Nancy like Semin. So, who does he trade? Prospects? Draft Picks? You have to think about the Salary Cap and what about these guys who are getting paid 2 mill plus? Do they just sit and watch? Trades are not easy. So look easy, but two people have to agree.

I am not saying George isn't accountable. But I think we need to bash and change a lot more prior to George.

I said a long time ago and got ripped a new one...

We will go as far as our leadership takes us. I was referring to our on-ice leadership. Which is too busy boozing every night, and having "fun" in the All-Star game.

If Ovechkin wants to be a leader, habits need to change. Fun can stay...but you are no longer a hot shot in the league. Focus on being a good leader. Get the Caps out of this hole, and then you will be remembered as one of the best Captains in the game.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 3, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

this discussion board has become a joke. i wonder if some of you are caps fans or just come on here to bash gmgm, bb, ted, ov and anyone else you can think of. i cant take it anymore!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 3, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

this discussion board has become a joke. i wonder if some of you are caps fans or just come on here to bash gmgm, bb, ted, ov and anyone else you can think of. i cant take it anymore!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 3, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

This boards been a joke for years 15 years or so ago everybody was crying the Caps can't score you know back when Bondra was the only offense we had accept for Chris simons fluke year, we finally get an offense and everybody starts clamoring for a more defensive style, well we are right back to where we began I guess History does repeat itself.

Posted by: koppleschloss | February 3, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"Same bunch of clowns posting how much they think they know and blah blah blah. The one dudes right. It's just a game. If you don't like the way the club is run sit your rear at home. Aint nobody forcing you to watch."

"this discussion board has become a joke. i wonder if some of you are caps fans or just come on here to bash gmgm, bb, ted, ov and anyone else you can think of. i cant take it anymore!"

----

The message is the same for both of you. If you don't like a discussion board discussing the team, you're free to leave.

This team is going down in flames, I'm not sure what you all would prefer we discuss?

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 3, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Otherwise, geez, it's just a game, people.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan

one you obviously don't understand. Maybe its you that needs to go follow another sport instead of constantly telling fans how seriously or not seriously they need to follow this team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach

The Flyers haven't won a SC since 1975, hardly the team to emulate.

Posted by: sgm3


At this point I'd rather emulate a team who at least has had some better recent playoff success than we have. Lets not turn up our noses at the Flyers. We should be privileged to be compared to them.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

this discussion board has become a joke. i wonder if some of you are caps fans or just come on here to bash gmgm, bb, ted, ov and anyone else you can think of. i cant take it anymore!

Posted by: capsfansince74

You sound like the character from "Network"
look it up, you'll get a kick.

the only joke here is the fans who can't discuss hockey but yet feel the need to control the tone of this board. So get the f out.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This team is going down in flames, I'm not sure what you all would prefer we discuss?

Posted by: VTDuffman

golly gee whiz ! why are you so mean to McPhee! He's a great GM! Ask his peers! Its just a matter of time before he brings us like 3 or 4 Cups in a row! Everyone is scared of us! Geez!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

in other news, the Pens (another team we should be thinking about emulating) keep proving there's much more to them than just skill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5sdOh7Bcvs&feature=player_embedded

Gotta love Matt Cooke. Up by 3 he still likes to stir it up. Very Dale Hunterish play here.

Yeah, he's not good enough to fit into McPhee's lineup. BWAAAAha.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

The caps already have a GM that likes to bash heads. He punched the Blackhawks coach outside their locker room after a preseason game in 99 and was subsequently jumped by a number of their players. GMGM certainly has his flaws but I still find it difficult to dislike a guy that will go to an opposing locker room alone and start a fight.

Well perhaps we can put GMGM on the first line with OV and Backs and have him go to the net....

Posted by: opticlguy | February 3, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break with this fan ignorance thing. Sure, there are quite a few fans in this area that haven't followed hockey their entire lives and recently jumped on the bandwagon. However, there are also quite a few fans that are like me and have followed the Caps since the days of Ron Lalonde, Ace Bailey (RIP), and Bernie Wolfe. Further, you don't have to play a sport to understand it. There are numerous examples of professional coaches and executives in various sports that never played the game they are involved with. If an individual that never played the game can earn a living with the game then surely a fan can be knowledgeable enough to comment on it.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | February 3, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Got to love a guy like Matt Cooke? Dale Hunter? Sure they play/played with a chip on their shoulders but there's a fine line between that and being a cheapshot artist. What a legacy....

Posted by: gonchpup | February 3, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

There have been enough words about playing hard for 60 minutes and being more consistent in pushing the puck to the net.

God, we have been hearing this garbage since before the 8 game losing streak.

Nothing has changed. Well, things have changed.

Instead of losing 5-4 in OT in a wide open contest the more conservative Capitals are now playing better defense and losing 3-2 or 2-1 in OT or the SO.

The bottom line is the bottom line - regardless of style or scheme this team is simply not finishing.

Other teams are hungrier and more efficient in crunch time.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 3, 2011 1:01 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 !!!!!!!

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