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McPhee backs Boudreau, staff

Caps GM George McPhee said moments ago that Coach Bruce Boudreau has his support and is "going to be here a long time."

Boudreau has received his share of criticism from fans and the media since the Caps' first-round loss to Montreal.

"Everybody has to take their full share of responsibility here," McPhee said. "But I can't lose sight of that we do have is a good team, it is well coached, we have good players, we had a good season. I can't allow five or six days when things didn't go well for us to skew what we think of this team, this organization and this staff."

Pressed on his coach's status, McPhee added: "Bruce is a really good coach. He's a really good coach. He's going to be here a really long time. No need to raise those issues because he's not going anywhere."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 30, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
 
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in other words we don't really care about the playoffs as long as you fans keep selling out VC 41 times/year...

Posted by: joek443 | April 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye BB....... your style won't win The CUP. After the 2010-11 season and another playoff failure, you won't get another chance, so enjoy being in Washington next season, it will be your last.

Posted by: FishCaps | April 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Just read Green wouldn't talk to media today. Stay classy #52.

You didn't play well, so stand up and face the fire like a man.

Even though he struggled, I'm still a fan and think he is a terrific young player who happened to have a bad series, which happens. This though, I think is very classless. Maybe there is a specific reason though he didn't speak; or at least i hope so....

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree 100% with McPhee. We have a very good team with a very good coach. Maybe McPhee is the one that should be questioned.??

Posted by: baybuster | April 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We don't need a new coach.

We need new defensemen.

And new fans.

Posted by: large23220 | April 30, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I feel for BB.

George McPhee is the worst GM in hockey !

Posted by: Cheef | April 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It was a let down...but the team and players as a core are still learning the NHL...This regular season they owned it and were #1...got to be better next year in the playoffs..

Firing people wont help...tweak and adjust...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Green, Semin, and Flash are not winning any fans by not talking.

See you next year.

GO CAPS.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

BB staying doesn't mean he doesn't have to change his stripes, learn new tricks (schemes) and demonstrate he can change up his strategies when faced with adversity.

I agree it's fair to ask whether gmgm has learned anything in terms of the types of players the Caps might need to add to get over their playoff humps. Maybe two series (Pittsburg, Montreal) and 14 games of facing Hal Gill will inspire gmgm to get our own. :)

There are other NHL teams that have swapped GMs, coaches, signed expensive free agents and gotten no further than the Caps, or not even into the playoffs at all.

Posted by: blackjack65 | April 30, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

come on guys.. it's not all BB fault.. is it his fault Semin/Green went cold? is it his fault that Green always trys to go for a big hit and doesn't play the puck?

the only thing i think he needs to do is tighten the reigns a little. stop giving optional practices, etc. It sets a bad example for the other guys. Heck Knuble was their almost every practice and he's like 37.

I did like the Alzner/Carlson pairing too. Very good out there.

Posted by: Hauss77 | April 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

134 shots 131 saves. Yes, 1 man won the series for Montreal. When we entered the playoffs so many on here (honestly don't know if you were one of them doughless) said that our goaltending was suspect and that everyone knows that a good defense and hot goaltending can win a Stanley Cup. Well, there were 134 shots in 3 games, so there was far from good defense, 131 saves resulting in a save percentage of 97.7% is knock out goaltending. How many times did you see a Canadiens player tapping Halak on the pads after a flurry and shaking their head while talking to him? They were in awe of his performance too. No matter what I say some of you were just waiting, hoping, for the Caps to collapse so you could do what you are doing now. Denying it is rediculous because the same ones that have been here trashing the Caps since the end of game 5 are the same ones that were trashing the Caps when they'd lose a game or explain how lucky the Caps were to win a game during the regular season.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"we had a good season. I can't allow five or six days when things didn't go well for us to skew what we think of this team, this organization and this staff."


In other words, we had a heck of a regular season, and I'm not going to let some pesky little playoff issues alter the course of the Capitals ship. With this kind of thinking, it's hard to imagine outcomes will be any different.

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 30, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'll take some new fans at this point...now prior to being raked over the coals, i'll explain.

1) These boards...fire the coach! What are we the Redskins...what this playoff meltdown has done though is tightened the leash on BB. We get a repeat next season...god i hope not, he probably won't be as lucky...

2) There are a couple of people leaving VC around 4 mins left when it was still 1-0...are you kidding me.

3) All the people in our section (423) that sit on their hands....please give up your seats.

4) People that get up and left when it hit 2-0...(a lot were the same ones that sit on their hands) support your team...when they made it 2-1 with 2:16 left I was REALLY hoping they would get another and win in OT or something crazy....then I could have seen these people again and had them trade in their seats for Round 2 to fans that care.

In conclusion...it was really painful to watch the end of this series...i've had seats since 92-93 and have been going since 1980 to Caps games....this happens every year with fans that don't get into the games and that leave early....what's the point of coming then ????

Like I said just a few thoughts and this obviously doesn't include everyone since a ton of people stayed the other night as well.

Posted by: rdiehljr | April 30, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"BB staying doesn't mean he doesn't have to change his stripes, learn new tricks (schemes) and demonstrate he can change up his strategies when faced with adversity."

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Wouldn't this playoff series been an awesome time for BB to demonstrate such an ability? Judging from his comments I don't know that BB thinks there is a problem with his "stripes" at all. I sure hope he can change, I like him. He seems like a nice guy and his commercials are funny, esp. the ones with those frightening triplets. I'm just not sure that he can, or has any desire to, really.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I say you give BB and GMGM one more shot at making at least the ECF next year. If there is another 1st round exit, then you have to realize that this team and it's coaches will never win a Cup. Last year against the Pens was their wake up call and this year they were still asleep. If they bomb out of the playoffs again, you have to make some major changes.

Posted by: madflava | April 30, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

From Dan Ellis of the Nashville Predators.

"Sad to see ppl dogging the caps so hard. They ran into a goalie that stole the series. Get thru the kitchen sink and all. Leave it at that!"

Posted by: sgm3 | April 30, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

maybe Ellis is auditioning for a job here because you know the Preds can't keep both him and Rinne... by now everyone knows who Poile's gonna keep...

Posted by: joek443 | April 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

True, the 134 shots/131 saves numbers are pretty gaudy, but they are a little deceiving. Not many of those shots were launched with anyone in front of the net. if that Caps had that kind of commitment to screening the goalie and being around the net, it's likely that some deflections, rebounds, and lucky bounces would have gone their way.

They could shoot the puck 200 times per game, but when it's done with nobody around the goalie, then the guy is likely to have an awesome save percentage.

Bottom line ... yes, a hot goalie, but also, a team not committed to making life tough on the goalie.

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 30, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"I can't allow five or six days when things didn't go well for us to skew what we think of this team, this organization and this staff."

Dunno if I agree with that. The bad habits that ended this season prematurely are the same bad habits (lack of killer instinct, inability to generate consistent traffic down low, refusal to adjust from regular season playing style, major players that disappear under pressure, etc) that had been visible in the last two postseasons.

I put a lot of faith in McPhee during the lean years and I feel like he delievered in a huge way. But if he's not looking at the possibility of shipping a marquee player (not named Ovechkin or Backstrom) for a truly solid playoff tested blueliner, then he's living in a dream world.

...But then again, when has GMGM ever shown his cards to the media? If Leonsis says that adjustments will be made, then adjustments will be made. We'll never see or hear any hint about it from McPhee until it happens. He'll spout the company line all day long until then. It's the way he works.

Anton Volchenkov, sign him. Trade Green and Flash for a reliable, gritty net slamming 2nd line center and a few playoff caliber 3rd or 4th line depth guys and/or defensemen.

Posted by: ModestProposal | April 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

I agree. Tweek and adjust.

The more I think about it the more I like the idea of bringing Fedorov over here to be an assistant coach. I have no idea if that is something Fedorov would want to do, but maybe Ted could offer him some good money to come over and teach Ovie and Semin all the things he learned from Scotty Bowman.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@pensfans98

Losing in game 7 to the Stanley Cup champs in one the the best series in the last 10 years isnt exactly a complete failure...

this year is a different story....

I think the Pens should avoid comment on the Caps until they prove they wont have issues with the Habs...I think you will do just fan, but to worry about us is pretty lame.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"Well, there were 134 shots in 3 games, so there was far from good defense, 131 saves resulting in a save percentage of 97.7% is knock out goaltending."

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Just wait, the Penguins will show us how it is possible to score against a "knock out" goaltender. Taking 134 shots doesn't mean anything if the shots are all from the point directly into the Goaltender's chest. "Just shoot more" obviously isn't the answer, you have to adjust how you shoot, and from where.

Like I keep saying, at some point you have to wonder if it isn't a string of lottery-winningly improbably bad luck that has the Caps running into a "knock out goalie" every single year in the playoffs, but rather the way they play hockey that allows goalie to become "knock out."

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The organization is strong. There is no way GMGM could have made the moves he "will" be making this offseason and next that will get the Caps over the hump. Watch, Semin, Fleischman, and possible Green are trade bait. GMGM will not resign Theodore, B & S Morrison, Scott Walker, and Belanger will be not be back. We WILL be bringing in playoff caliber D-men, gritty players. We need a Pronger / Gill type on D. McPhee now has the public support to make these moves. There would have been a serious outcry if Semin/Flash/Green were traded during this season. Look for those moves to be made next year. We could use the draft picks.

Posted by: bonzaidrew | April 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Caps GM George McPhee said moments ago that Coach Bruce Boudreau has his support and is "going to be here a long time."

Letting Boundreau go would be pure insanity. I for one support BB and GMGM!!! To hell with the naysayers.

Posted by: thomas20 | April 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I do think we need an immediate repeal of the ticket increases.....and make the beers $2!!!

Our voices will be heard!!!

Posted by: SA-Town | April 30, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see there are at least a few people here supporting BB!

The man got us to game 7 in Philly when making the playoffs looked impossible, The Pens series was plagued with horrific injuries (more than other teams and in much more crucial areas), and we had an AMAZING regular season! Try to remeber the good things people!

I have faith the BB will make any necessary adjustments to his style and the players seem to really love him...I gotta believe that this team feels horrible for letting their coach down and will work twice as hard for him next season.

Posted by: capscoach | April 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

There would have been a serious outcry if Semin/Flash/Green were traded during this season. Look for those moves to be made next year. We could use the draft picks.

Posted by: bonzaidrew | April 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I was for keeping Green around in a reduced role but his refusal to talk to the media really pi$$es me off... don't think he's got what it takes anymore.

hope he wins the Norris and then gets traded for a real d-man as well as a real MAN.

Posted by: joek443 | April 30, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@PensFan98

i know this is a kinda stupid point, but when we did go to the net in game 7...the goal was dissalowed...but of course you are right...however if we had faced a less than STELLAR goalie, many of those shots would have found the twine.

Posted by: capscoach | April 30, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"I say you give BB and GMGM one more shot at making at least the ECF next year. If there is another 1st round exit, then you have to realize that this team and it's coaches will never win a Cup."

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They're both going to get another year, no matter what anyone says. Honestly, very little is going to change about this team between now and 365 Days from now. No one from the top on down really thinks there is anything wrong with the team, coaching, or management. We just have to accept that.

That said, if we have another fantastic playoff flame-out, I can guarantee you that at least 50% of the people on here will be able to provide you with a laundry list of excuses as to why it was OK that it happened again.

The thing I'm most excited to see is which average to above average goalie suddenly becomes the lovechild of Patrick Roy and Marty Brodeur for one single series when he meets us in the playoffs. Who will it be? That's the fun part, it could be *anybody*!

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

He has the players he is given. What is he supposed to do?

Posted by: ridgely1 | April 30, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I do think it is pretty lame that some of the guys are refusig to talk to the media...I get that this is hard and embaressing for them, but it is their job and we are their fans.

Posted by: capscoach | April 30, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

sgm3: Dan Ellis has no idea what he is talking about. He is only an NHL goaltender. Now doughless, and everyone else who claims Halak is not the reason the Canadiens are in Pittsburgh tonight knows what they are talking about. By the way, I am a man, or dude, as you would say doughless.

I don't blame players for not wanting to talk to the media. They just aren't ready. If anyone on this board thinks we are more upset about losing the series than any one of those Capitals, you are a fool. This will be eating at them in May, June, July, August, and September, when many of us will be having a nice vacation and cheering for our favorite baseball and football teams. As a matter of fact it will be eating at them until the 1st game of playoffs next year when they can redeem themselves. Some of them know they probably won't be back to have a shot with a team like the Capitals. I believe Flash might have proven himself expendable.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 30, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Too many prima-donnas on one roster.

Thanks GM, for another monster failure

Posted by: Cheef | April 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

". We need a Pronger / Gill type on D. McPhee now has the public support to make these moves. "

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We needed a Pronger / Gill type on D in the offseason last year. Both Pronger and Gill were available last year, too. What did we get?

Joe Corvo at the trade deadline.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

I was thinking the same thing when hearing anaylsyts screaming about the Caps not going to the net, but then they conveniently fail to mention the Ovie no-goal.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

BB needs time to learn just like the players. As everyone agrees, the playoffs are completely different than an 82 game non-elimination season. Hopefully BB will modify his philosophy and game plan early and the boys will be successful. I'd like to see the stats on a successful coaching learning curve for the playoffs. How many playoff games did Babcock or Bylsma lose before they found their success?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"I don't blame players for not wanting to talk to the media."

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I don't blame Green, Sahsa, and Flash for not talkign to the media.

They can't handle the pressure of the playoffs, what makes any of us think they could handle the pressure of some dorks with notepads, tape recorders, and cameras?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Caps weren't able to fit Pronger or Gill under the salary cap at the beginning of the year.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"I was thinking the same thing when hearing anaylsyts screaming about the Caps not going to the net, but then they conveniently fail to mention the Ovie no-goal."

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The one time we went to the net, it was a no-goal, therefore we should never go to the net again?

Is that really what you guys are trying to say? Fascinating.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Look, BB is the man. What he needs is a stronger defensive coordinator, someone who can coach the guys on adapting their play to the post-season. What's the sense of having a post-season coach if he can't get it done during the regular season? Can't win the cup if you don't even make the playoffs.

Posted by: grahamdumas | April 30, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

History was made !!

First ever #1 to blow a 3-1 series lead to last team.

What an epic accomplishment, must have been harder than winning the series.

If that does not get a GM fired, nothing will.

Posted by: Cheef | April 30, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill signed with MTL for 2 years and $4.5 mil. They could have found $2.25mil, I guarantee it.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Some ancient history. GMGM was GM when CAPS to to Cup finals (he got Hunter and Tikonnen (sp?)). BB honed his craft by coaching in every known and some unknown hockey minor legue always winning. The man has won 2 calders, one aginst Hersey one with Hersey. Right, lets bring back Hanlon!! Give me a break.

Posted by: adhardwick | April 30, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Just because there were a lot of shots doesn't mean there were a lot of scoring chances. A large percentage of those shots were near trivial saves.

Just because there were a lot of shots doesn't mean the defense was bad. Not only did they block an awful lot of shots the Habs defense limited us to those low percentage shots and took away seconds chances which is key.

I still think the thing this team needs more than anything is a really good sports psychologist. Semin is a head case all the time. Green is a head case in the playoffs. Varly is a head case half the time. Montreal won because they came to believe that 1 goal would win it for them and they'd score and then play 6 guys on defense. The Caps lost because they came to believe that Halak was invincible and that one goal against would beat them.

Posted by: psujohn | April 30, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I still haven't gotten an answer from everyone that claims that Montreal made adjustments in games 5-7 that allowed them to come back in the series. Please, tell me what adjustments were made. The territorial advantage and shot differential increased in games 5-7 so if Montreal made any adjustments, they weren't working. Halak stopped letting pucks in the net, that is what changed. To keep saying that the Caps were just shooting the puck at him is a friggin' lie. You see what you want to see. There were times where Halak was just sliding and hoping to be hit with the puck.

The Pens may very well be able to solve Halak. He faced 248 shots in just over 5 games of hockey. I guarantee he is sore and tired.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

if you are gonna shoot half of your shots into the goalies glove or chest of course they are gonna rack up crazy numbers. Dan Ellis could have those kind of numbers.

Posted by: doughless | April 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

To call for blowing up a team that just won The President's Cup is the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Boudreau has been the coach for 3 years and the team has improved each year. McPhee orchestrated an amazing turnaround of an aging Caps team in 2004 and has built a powerhouse for years to come with an unbelievable farm system in Hershey. We need a big, stay at home defenseman like Alan May recommends and we need to consider what we can get for Semin. He's a great player but he's going to be expensive and I'm not sure he fits into our long term plans.

Posted by: bulk72 | April 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@VTDuffman

Yes, that is exactly what I was saying. You are so good at being able to determine what a person is insinuating with his comments.

Seriously, do you even have the ability to look at something other than black or white? I've never seen a person who only sees two polar opposite viewpoints and absolutely nothing else.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I heard Tinordi never officially retired, since he's never been replaced, just bring him back.

Here we are, 10 years later and GM has yet to address this, real genius.

Posted by: Cheef | April 30, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

time to leave Mr. Roger's land of make believe!!

Posted by: doughless | April 30, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The Caps earned (I think) 21 standings points this year in games in which they allowed 4 regulation goals or more. Think about that. There were a lot of games where they played crappy and still won because of their talent. The weaknesses were there all year for teams to see -- and when you play one team 7 times in a row, they can figure it out.

Posted by: jhamond1 | April 30, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Ovie will have a shot at a cup after all. He's agreed to play for Russia in the World Championship starting next week. Backs will not play for Sweden because of his contract negotiations.

Posted by: jakopz | April 30, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. I guess I will just have to sell all my tickets on Craigslist next year. I have no interest in getting teased by the regular season anymore.

Posted by: nautikal | April 30, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Fanohock, I have to disagree a little. Yeah, I think Halak definitely won Game 6. But the Caps' shots-on-goal numbers don't really mean too much because for many stretches, they weren't quality attempts. In Game 7, for instance, Montreal seemed to have much better chances where Washington's defense was left gutted and exposed -- they hit the pipe on one that had Varly totally burned -- whereas the Caps kept sending the puck at Halak's chest from afar hoping for a rebound that never came.

The Caps as they are built now should be able to win a seven-game series against any keeper in the NHL.

Has anyone heard from Theodore? I still disagree with his treatment this playoffs. I would've liked to have seen him given the chance to beat Montreal.

Posted by: scrappledog | April 30, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Coach Bruce, WE ARE WITH YOU. You are the best coach in the whole NHL and we trust you. At least I do and always did. I know about you from my hockey friends and know how terrific person and a hockey coach you are. Good luck next year and keep the players in a good shape in spite of the obstacles like Olympics etc.

Posted by: Piligvinn1 | April 30, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

To be fair (see the game-by-game stats here: http://capitals.nhl.com/club/gamelog.htm), some of those games were like game #2 last October, where they got a 6-1 lead, and then Varly and co. got sloppy and ended up with a 6-4 win. It wasn't so much a shootout, as playing lazy with a big lead.

I mean, they lost playoff games by 3-2 (OT), 4-1 (one empty net goal), 2-1, and 2-1. That hardly suggests they're a porous team that can't do playoff hockey defensively. Their failure to put any chances away for 3 games/130 shots, and Halak channeling Patrick Roy seem more at fault.

btw, Halak's a free agent next year. If we can't beat him, should we invite him to join us? ;-)

Posted by: blackjack65 | April 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@scrappledog

Semin had a pretty glorious chance in the 1st period that also hit the post.

I think Halak was great on rebounds and short shots. He didn't let any pucks sneak under his pads when the Caps were jamming away at it.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 30, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Fire McPhee

Posted by: Mike4169 | April 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

This series made me lose whatever faith I had in Boudreau. This was an epic failure. I want them to win the Stanley Cup and in the future I could care less whether they are the first seed or the eighth seed going in. It is what they do in the playoffs that matter most. The same bad habits of the players from last regular season continued this regular season. Why did the coach allow that to happen? The players and coaches appeared to have learned absolutely nothing from the playoffs from the past two seasons.
Thus, there is no indication to me that BB will change and be able to adjust his style because he should have been prepared and done it for this year's playoffs. Opportunity knocked and they did not take advantage of it.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | April 30, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

People want to trade semin. lets face it semin most likely would be playing in the khl if it was not for OV. So why would any GM make a hughe trade for semin. He is only signed for one year. He scored in rangers series had a busted thumb in pens series. got lots of shots did not score in the MTL series. Our coach did not adjust in this series. dump the puck grind it out. put a line of laich fehr and knuble. try to get the MTL defense which is slow to mover around. Bruce needs to go.

Posted by: samb99 | April 30, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I dont want BB fired or GMGM. I do want to see us address the defense. Mike Green is obviously not the #1 shut down defenseman that BB wants him to be. Being a Norris candidate is laughable. However, he is still a solid player and fits BB's system well. We do need a #1 shut down in your face defenseman - aka Hal Gil or Pronger. We didnt have the money last off season with Nylander - hopefully this off season we can make it happen.

I also think the system we play can win in the playoffs, but some of our guys need to change a few things. Is standing in front of the net that hard? Our defenese was pretty solid this series, we just unbelievably couldnt score enough goals. I'm still in shock.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 30, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@Piligvinn1

"You are the best coach in the whole NHL."

lol... really? Please take off your homer glasses.

Posted by: nautikal | April 30, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess the delusions reach the mgmt as well in this case. Keeping drinking that BB kool-aid folks, I really hope you are all right and he can be more than a one trick pony but the three years thus far have not shown he can.

If he changes and they win it all next year I will be the first to admit I was wrong, thing is, will all of you admit you were wrong if the team collapses once more? I highly doubt it, we will hear all the same excuses all over again. See you in July when hopefully some moves will be made.

Posted by: PhilR | April 30, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

BB is not a good NHL level coach. He has been out coached by most quality coaches since he came into the league. His secret to success has been to throw out his stars and let them freewheel. As we see in a long series, that will not work unless you are able to determine what the other team is doing and make adjustments(and keep your cool!)
I like him, but I do not expect much progress from this team while he is here.

Posted by: joepar703 | April 30, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I read comments by Cheef and I understand how tigers can eat their own...

Posted by: boomer44 | April 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I didn't mean to suggest Halak didn't play outstanding, I just don't think you can chalk Washington's playoff problems up to "oh well, Caps ran into a hot goalie."

Posted by: scrappledog | April 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse


Green needs to get over his mental issues and perform his job as a player, which should include addressing the media. Time for this team to grow up.

Posted by: hessone | April 30, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans are too funny. I told all you losers that the Caps did not have what it takes to win the cup. When Wilbon criticized Ovie you attacked him like wolves.

I think Wilbon gets the last laugh. Actually, I know he does and here is the video to prove it.

Please focus at 1:15 when Wilbon has his s&#^ eating grin on full display

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGEmkjr1_wk

HAHAHA

Posted by: dominic10464 | April 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that Bruce was brought into the head coach position for the capitals... mid season a couple of years ago. And he helped get them out of the doldrums and into the playoffs that season. Last year... Solid season, and first full one under Bruce. Got to the second round of the playoffs and came close to snatching it from the Pens.... but because of our lack of experience and nagging injuries, we were lucky to get as far as we did.

Which brings us to this season, Bruce's 3rd, but second full year as the head man behind the bench. Awesome regular season... but now they need to find a way to be hungry for the playoffs. Get a couple of key defensive replacements, one enforcer, and tell Ovie that, as Team Captain, he needs to attend most Optional practices and set the standard for some hard work.

Posted by: alutz08 | April 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"The Pens may very well be able to solve Halak. He faced 248 shots in just over 5 games of hockey. I guarantee he is sore and tired."

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Holy crap, you are already setting up the excuses for the inevitable lesson the Pens are about to teach all of us on how to actually score goals against a "knock-out" goalie?

That is awesome.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Ok, PhilR....

You have thrown the gauntlet down demanding a regime change, just because you don't see any more improvement in the team. (granted the Caps winning records got better year after year in the reg season)

So Who would YOU replace Bruce with?? Please, with ALL OF YOUR WISDOM and hockey lore... tell me who is available that will lead the Caps back to the same level this season, and carry them forward to the conference championship level and beyond in the playoffs??

We are waiting to hear.

Posted by: alutz08 | April 30, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Bwaa Haw Haw! Have fun with the Presidents Cup McPhee!

It's the only one the Caps are gonna' be lifting with you around!

Posted by: CaptainProzac | April 30, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

@cheef--

I feel for BB.

George McPhee is the worst GM in hockey !


Would you shut the f...up. Based on the umpteen comments by your over the past couple of days I have come to the conclusion that your knowledge of hockey wouldn't even fill a thimble. Go away and play in your sandbox!

Posted by: RogerNoVa | April 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Let the very large man stay. Tell him no more of those lame ass commercials, change the way he approaches this team, no more optional practices before a playoff game. But if he repeats this debacle next year fire his ass no question. Boz said it best something to the effect if he dosen't go deep into the playoffs he's freakin finished. This cannot happend again. That's it.

Posted by: efdelaney | April 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Worst GM in hockey.

Caps will NEVER win a Cup with this GM.

Posted by: Cheef | April 30, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If Ovie wants to be noted as being better than Crosby (outside of individual statistics)... then he will need to show a bit more leadership that he has done this season. He should be in the weight room more often and need to attend MOST of the optional practices. That is leadership and will hopefully set a standard that the rest of the team should and will follow.

Posted by: alutz08 | April 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@dominic1046

Ovie played well in the playoffs...especially considering he had virtually no help which then allowed the Habs to shadow him like white on rice.

Are you one of those people who come on here and bash other people's teams b/c you have no friends or social skills?

Posted by: capscoach | April 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Please, with ALL OF YOUR WISDOM and hockey lore... tell me who is available that will lead the Caps back to the same level this season,"

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Why do they need to "achieve the same level this season." When are you people going to grasp the fact that the Regular season doesn't matter.

Does anyone here really not care that we will be watching The Habs and Pens on TV tonight rather than The Caps and Flyers at VC because of the President's trophy?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok, PhilR....

You have thrown the gauntlet down demanding a regime change, just because you don't see any more improvement in the team. (granted the Caps winning records got better year after year in the reg season)

So Who would YOU replace Bruce with?? Please, with ALL OF YOUR WISDOM and hockey lore... tell me who is available that will lead the Caps back to the same level this season, and carry them forward to the conference championship level and beyond in the playoffs??

We are waiting to hear.

Posted by: alutz08


I would look at Paul McLean who is an assistant with Detroit. The Caps playing the system that Detroit plays (a proven winner) would take them to the next level of intensity they need to succeed in the playoffs. But I'm sure you will find something wrong with this choice as well.

Another choice may be a player that was in the league for an incredibly long time that would gain respect immediately from his players. Was reading an article the other day that Ron Francis is considered by many to be a great possibility to have his own team soon, no one would disrespect that guy.

Posted by: PhilR | April 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. I guess I will just have to sell all my tickets on Craigslist next year. I have no interest in getting teased by the regular season anymore.

Posted by: nautikal | April 30, 2010 2:31 PM

Nautikal,

That's so sad. The team played their hearts out all year and threw 134 shots on net in just the last three games and even fought hard after having the goal early in the 3rd period of game 7 wiped out. Where are your seats located? If they're pretty decent seats, I may be able to put you in contact with a great friend of ours who is currently on the STH list and is a die-hard Capitals fan. I'll come back to this article to see if you've responded.

Rocking the Red in Section 410, Row H, Seats 18 and 19

Posted by: rockingthered | April 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@Cheef

are you always this miserable or do you just save it for the Caps?

Posted by: capscoach | April 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@Cheef

are you always this miserable or do you just save it for the Caps?

Posted by: capscoach | April 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

OK, since cheef and philr and other so called hockey whizes on here won't shut up, I am going to follow up on what alutz08 asks---who would you whizes replace BB with as coach? Who, especially you cheef, get to replace GMGM? And who would you trade for Green, Semin, Flash and the others who seem to be the butt of many of you (you would almost think the Caps finished in last place the way some of you are thinking.) So come on, give some answers...get specific. And if you can't, then as I said before, shut the f... up and go back to your sandboxes. I am waiting....

Posted by: RogerNoVa | April 30, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what the majority of people are drinking,it must be good though because they are writing some of the most idiotic stuff I've ever read. Ted is not going to fire BB or GMGM nor should he. They are committed to building a team that is in it to win it for the long term. Not just a fluke win here or there because they pasted together a team made of up of these UFA's that so many seem to be crying for. The Habs players blocked as many shots as did there goalie folks, that isn't a defensive or offensive break down. The Habs had very few shots on goal and that was because our defense and offense were keeping that puck tied up. They also turned over tape of our guys to the 'officials' because they didn't like the Caps play in front of the net and what happened when we scored a garbage goal hmm.. I seem to recall it being waived off! I am so sick of all the Cap bashing that is going on, get over yourselves, real fans, ones that have been with this team through all of it, get it. We support this team and don't scream and toss crap on the ice when they don't win. Do you actually believe that you feel more frustration than they do? They want to win and they WILL win but it probably won't be on your time table. Please, sell your tickets, stop watching the games on tv, and quit talking about the Caps because this team deserves better than a bunch of fair weather fans! Get over it already or better yet send in your resumes' and go to work for the Caps. I'm sure that with all your expert knowledge on who should be hired and fired that you'll have the Cup in DC in no time.. Oh wait, you aren't qualified to get the job well gee...there's a surprise.. NOT!

Posted by: ags38 | April 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep philr, Paul McLean and Ron Francis..two guys with really proven records as head coaches...wonderful!

Posted by: RogerNoVa | April 30, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@ RogerNova

So you would literally change absolutely nothing about this team, its players, its system, or its management? Everything is exactly perfect they just happen to run into another round of "bad luck" and it can all be fixed by wishing really really hard for next year?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Leonsis,
It's very difficult to write this letter given that I've been a fan, and a season ticket holder, for many years however, I've chosen not to support your product any longer, don't get me wrong, you had a good year, I did not expect the team to win the Stanley Cup this year, still a young team, but I also did not expect to be dismissed so suddenly by a team that barely made the playoffs, an inferior team but one with heart, something your teams lacks. Mr. Leonsis, this is your team and your money and you can do with it whatever you like, by the same token, I can do whatever I want with my money, and at this time I will wait until you can improve your product, and when you do and the Caps are able to get into the second round, I might consider supporting you again, I'm a patient man, I hope you are one as well.
Good luck.

Posted by: aim19541 | April 30, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Yep philr, Paul McLean and Ron Francis..two guys with really proven records as head coaches...wonderful!"

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As a head coach, BB has won exactly 1 more playoff series than either of those two people.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"The Habs players blocked as many shots as did there goalie folks, that isn't a defensive or offensive break down."

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So, is that *your* strategy for playoff success next year? Hope that the other team doesn't block your shots? I suppose that's something we haven't tried yet...

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 30, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

RogerNoVa,

Once again, don't care what you think of my opinion in the least.....I was asked to provide names and I provided two that I feel would not be one trick ponies and WOULD have playoff success. How much proven experience did BB have before he got a shot two years ago.....yeah, I thought so......just keep drinking the kool aid man and like I said if I am wrong I will gladly admit it next year, if not I will be saying I told you all this a year ago.

Posted by: PhilR | April 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

OK VTDuffman---what would you do? Who would you bring in? Just dont say get rid of Green, Semin, etc---who would you rather have in their place--and make sure it is someone who might be available. And the coach and GM, get specific. And don't go for what PhilR says and bring in a really "proven" coach like McLean and Francis. How about the ownership---wanta get rid of Ted? I don't for one minute think that changes need not be made (I think Ovie needs to re-evaluate his rushes up the ice..too much one-manship of trying to do it by himself, not enough looking for the open man, for example)--- but unless there are some better possibilities out there, I am not so sure I would make the kind of rushed and rash judgments you and others are making.

Posted by: RogerNoVa | April 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

And as an addendum to my last comment--- judgment is why GMGM, BB and Ted are where they are and you are not....on second thought, as someone said earlier, send in your resumes to replace them...you seem to be very much self-qualified.

Posted by: RogerNoVa | April 30, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I also said earlier RogerNoVa that I would attempt to trade Green and Semin to Calgary for Iginla and Regher.....just about the same cap hit.....you may have to throw a propect in to get it done or a draft pick....both of those players would bring leadership and grit we so desperately need. Just don't understand why my opinion is being taken any worse than any of yours.....I feel the team failed in epic proportion and change is needed, the change needs to start with BB in my opinion due to the undeniable lack of complacency from the players....it should have never been tolerated in the regular season less more the post season.

Posted by: PhilR | April 30, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

and that should be undeniable complaceny not "lack of"

Posted by: PhilR | April 30, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

PhilR--Iginla maybe, Regher no (he was available to the Leafs but they took Dion)---but both of them are on the downside of their careers...Iginla is 32, Regher is 30. To me, this is the old Redskin approach of living for now....I would rather watch Green and Semin for another couple of years to see how they mature. With the addition of some of the kids from Hershey, I would much rather have a team that is on top for a number of years, ala Oilers and Wings, then win the Stanley Cup for one year and then be in the doldrums for another 10.

Posted by: RogerNoVa | April 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

GMGM, 5 or 6 days? Um, no, more like every spring the past three seasons adding up to 8 bad weeks. That. Is. A. Trend. And a really bad one. Bruce can't do it, he got badly outcoached and is 1-3 in games 7's.

I love Bruce, will root for him wherever he goes, but he'll never coach a Stanley Cup team. And we're all going to suffer until you figure it out.

Oh, what, now you want to fight me? Bring it shorty.

Posted by: soloman5000 | April 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I just read the piece in CBS sports and it is quoted GMGM and coach BB saying "but Boudreau and McPhee largely attributed the team's offensive struggles to good goaltending by the Canadiens."
That is the same old BS line I have heard this team spew for years everytime we get bounced.
Other teams find ways to beat good goaltending and advance ie Boston v. Miller or Philly v. NJ etc etc. Why do they beat them and move on...because the coaches make adjustments..coach BB didn't make any adjustments and he is just to soft and loose with this group.
They are in denial big time, so look for another early exit next year if there style doesn't change.

Posted by: jotay131 | April 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are complete idiots. Sports exist for entertainment purposes only - that is all that they are. Those of you who would make some monumental change to a team that has provided untold moments of entertainment this season because they lost 3 games in a row should hand your season tickets to me, since I'll gladly be entertained by your inferior, pretender, caps during the "meaningless" regular season, where for 82 nights and/or weekends per year, I get to enjoy watching quality hockey, especially this year! Only 15 out of 82 times would I have been disappointed in the outcome, and of those 15, only a handful - if any - game would I have been disgusted by their play.

Better yet, why don't we just cut the NHL to 16 teams and play a playoff for 2 months every spring. Since you don't care about the regular season or watching those games, I'm sure you'll be happy if the caps can string together 16 wins. I don't know about you, but I'm not satified with just 2 months of NHL hockey.

Did they make mistakes this postseason? Yes. Did Bruce get outcoached, especially with regards to the powerplay and offensive system? Yes. Do I like Mike Green's defense? No. Did the caps meet their goals? No. But I don't think those things justify breaking up the core of the team, or firing the coach. And, it just so happens that the guy who gets paid millions of dollars to make that decision agrees with me. Oh, and the guy who owns the team, who has HUNDREDS of MILLIONS invested in the success of this team, agrees with me. Like someone else said, if you are such a general manager savant, please, email Ted your resume - I garuntee that he, unlike just about any rich famous person in the world, will actually read and respond to your email. Just don't be suprised if he rolls his eyes before he does it.

If Semin doesn't hit the post, and the NHL doesn't screw up the no-goal, we arn't talking this craziness, because we would have won game 7. We would have said "jeeze, we almost lost it there, but man, we tried really hard and came back after losing two close games." If you can honestly say that the outcome of those two plays - which amount to about .8 seconds of hockey - would justify an entire change of a multi-million dollar system...well that's why you will never have millions of dollars. Ted has a lot of money because he thinks with his head, not with his heart.

You all make it sound like a goalie going 131 for 134 is equal to getting blown out 6-1 for 3 straight games.

Disappointed? Sure...and I'll spout off and pontificate just like any other fan...because it's fun to do. You can't harp on the team for feeling entitled to victory after being up 3-1, when you yourself felt entitled to a cup run as a fan. I'm just glad I see more red jerseys than purple seats and opposing jerseys in the stands...or do some of you not remember 3 years ago?

Posted by: genestad | April 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Watched the whole interview with McPhee. Level headed and logical, as usual. Agree with every word. We're in good hands.

As I've said a few times already we played great in the last 2 and as George said had Halak been just above average instead of extraordinary we would have won 1 of those for sure and all this ridiculous criticism from overemotional nitwits would not be flowing like a river right now.

Or even if we got 1 or 2 good bounces. Chances were with the amount of shots we had a few would take crazy deflections or bounce to an open Caps player leaving Halak with no chance. It didn't happen. On top of that we had that goal disallowed which was an iffy call at best.

People get frustrated and judge based on the final result forgetting 99% of what happened. There's no reason to make any drastic changes to our team. It's still a very, very good one.

Also, saw some very level headed analysis from Duhatschek of TSN (you can watch it on their site). He reminded everyone just how young these Caps are and how long it took the Oilers to mature before they won 4 straight Cups in the 80's.

Posted by: ranndino | April 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Worst GM in hockey.

Caps will NEVER win a Cup with this GM.

Posted by: Cheef | April 30, 2010 3:15 PM |

@Cheef:

Really? Worse than all the NHL GM's whose teams didn't even make the playoffs this year? Worse than the GM's whose teams have never even made the playoffs under their tenure?

Did GMGM steal your lunch money? Toul your cereal? Eat the last cookie in the jar? I'm mildly curious as to why this GMGM-hate keeps spewing out of you, year-in and year-out.

Ø Yeah, right Ø

Are your 12 or something? Seriously, tell me if you are. Because you remind me of a school bully who is an expert at "restroom karate"--i.e., kicking @$$ in a confined space when you outnumber your (smaller) victim 5-to-1.

Trouble with "restroom karate" is that it's pretty useless 1-to-1 on open ground.

There are few things that I enjoy seeing more than a bully getting what he richly deserves--e.g. getting kicked hard in the "tenders"...

Not necessarily by a "hero", but by an ordinary person who has simply become fed-up with that bully's taurine excrement.

Right now there is plenty enough misery on these boards (and throughout Caps-land, for that matter), without your sadism adding to it.

Don't go away mad...Just. Go. Away.

I think I speak for most of the people on this board when I say you're not worth wasting any further words on. Except for this:

Perhaps you would have more fun hanging out with your girlfriend Sid-The-Id and his NAMBLA sponsor Mario, talking about How Great The Penguins Are.

We don't need to hear it.

Putz.

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@VTDuffman

No, I claim no strategy, I'm stating a fact! Look at the stats the Caps out played the Habs overall, they just couldn't get anything past the Habs players and what did get past the goalie stopped. Like someone else said, I can't count the times where I've read the 'experts' on here saying a hot goalie can steal the game, we call the cops cause the Caps got robbed big time!

For me, I leave the coaching, the hiring and the firing to the people that are qualified for that. I'm a hockey fan, I'm a long time Caps fan. NOT an arm chair coach, arm chair manager or arm chair owner.

Posted by: ags38 | April 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Boy there are a lot of fair weather fans in DC. Of course you should be disappointed in losing to Montreal, but the worst thing you can do is to fire your coach and change the entire lineup. GM will tweek it a bit with some hard nosed grinders and tough guys to build up the character of this team. This team has to have the balance of finese and grit. We have the finese down, now we need to add grit. It's just a matter of time before lord Stanley comes to DC.

Posted by: skinfannomore | April 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

i'll tell why GM is incredibly obtuse as are his blinded supporters.

He's going to say that 5 or 6 days where things didn't go well shouldn't define the future. So what happens next yr when they have another strong reg season and fall flat for a week in the postseason? Logically, it makes ZERO sense. So no, he's not levelheaded and he's not logical. Thats about as far from the truth as you can get.

He's pretending that having an "off-week" in the postseason is like having an off-week in the reg season. Thats what his comments imply. If they went 6 or 7 games where they played awfully in the reg season, then maybe what he said makes sense.


anyway, thats exactly what i expected him to say. So no surprises there. And he's right, the coach shouldn't take the fall for it. He should, he is the architect of this underachieving mess that many fans have known about and predicted yr in yr out. So he can go rest on his reg season laurels because thats all he'll ever have and the fanbase will suffer until he's replaced with someone who actually understands what it takes to win it all.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 30, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Sports just arn't as fun when you win all the time - that's why a lot of people hate the yankees and the like. I know we have never one, but we have put ourselves in the best position to do it, and really, this is year one (maybe two) in what - 2 decades - that we all collectively felt that we had a great shot to win it all (1998 doesn't count, because we were pretty much just happy to be there). Give it some time.

Posted by: genestad | April 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

and of course McPhee's going to downplay the effect of what happened. His reputation is riding on it. Its so easy to say, well we just had a bad week. And conveniently self-serving.

The degree of rhetoric from this org top down makes me want to vomit. And every yr this happens, a few more fans will stray away off the McPhee bandwagon until the only way he's gone is a full-fledged media and fan assault aimed at getting him removed. He's entrenched in his position better than any other GM in any sport.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but I really believe there is a serious philosophy problem when it comes to this team and there is more than tweaking that needs to go on this summer. Boudreau pulls Theodore early in the second game but allows Green to kill this team game after game. Montreal makes adjustments and the Caps have no answer.
CJ Umberger called it right last month. If he could see it before the playoffs, why doesn't the Caps leadership team not see after this monumental collapse.
Yea they had a great regular season but were not prepared to win in the playoffs.
Boudreau said it himself that he didn't think there was any way Montreal would be able to come back and win the last three. As the coach you have to believe the other team can come back and therefore instill a sense of desperation in your team.

Posted by: charlottechris | April 30, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

green was out partying the night before game 5

Posted by: yoooooooo | April 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'll be sure the next time I'm building a foundation for the long term to wait a couple of years and pull some of the supports and core pieces to that foundation out..gee wonder what will happen???

Please all of you that are so eager to remove GMGM, BB, Green, Semin etc. Sell your tickets NOW, get out so that you don't have to watch another exciting season of Caps hockey!!! I know that there is a lady and her daughter that would love your tickets, she told Brooks just that and I've got friends that are looking for full season tickets too, so really you and your opinions will not be missed!

Posted by: ags38 | April 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Now that the dust is clearing a little bit. I don't mind BB coming back, but I don't know about Bob Woods. I would like to see a new assistant coach who handles the D. It doesn't have to be Larry Robinson, but someone who has played the game on an NHL level. M. Green has been coached his whole professional career by these two, and yes, neither one of these two have ever made it out of the minors. Bob Woods only got a sniff of the AHL. If you are going to keep Green, he needs to be taught how to play defense first. How do we know Carlson is not another Mike Green, wouldn't you like to see a veteran assistant coaching the D that has actually been in the trenches and knows what to expect. Yes, I know the defense wasn't the problem, but there were some spots where it was iffy.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 30, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@genestad

Your first post was absolutely DEAD on. You have summarized the situation well. I am assuming none of the players, coaches, GMGM, or Ted are really clueless enough not to get what happened here. I doubt they need any of us to enlighten them. The players need to go home, take stock in their place on this team, and come back with whatever they need to be better, rather it be attitude, effort, maturity, or conditioning. Get rid of those who are judged no longer worthy and fix our shortcomings. And, if fans find the situation as hopeless and miserable as some of the postings suggest, then go support another hockey team, sport or hobby. Give up your tickets and let someone else take your seat who appreciates how hard the job and shows an ounce of appreciation for an organization that tries as hard as the Caps do to produce a winner. Nobody likes an ungrateful whiner.

Posted by: AADCDERM | April 30, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Pure rubbish gmgm and bb. It was not halak that beat you. It was your non-physical play, non-physical players, and your system that failed you.

Look at how hard the pens are battling along the boards and cycling the puck.

The pens are 3/3 on the pp. What do you have to say besides "we have a really good team" and "Bruce is a really good coach"?

Pure garbage! You need to take responsibility and admit your mistakes.

Posted by: evtoi | April 30, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau LOST the series. He failed to make any adjustments. The Caps have the talent. They don't have the coaching. The only thing Boudreau is good at is offense and the Habs (not Halak) DESTROYED it. Boudreau needs to be fired. Not going to happen, unfortunately.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 30, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Choking Dogs indeed. Look what the Pens did to an inferior team. Mcphee must go. Leonsis is delusional if he thinks this team will ever win anything.

Posted by: festus75 | April 30, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Stinksburgh scored 4 PP goals on Montreal. They barraged Halak with one-timers instead of shooting straight towards him. Bourdreau must go!

Posted by: bushisacrook | April 30, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Little late on this, but if Green can show up on tv in October and November when they're winning, showing off his house and his cars, he needs to show up in April and answer some tough questions. Complete cowardice.

Pens are going to run through the Habs with little problem. They spread out the ice, make room for eachother, got in the Habs faces and finished every check, every shift. They didn't float around the perimeter (Flash) and cherry pick. Craig Adams (no regular season goals I think), he went to the net and put one in. I think at least his second goal of the playoffs. So a guy that had zero goals this season now has more playoff goals than Semin, Green and Flash combined.

Even the NHL network announcer (Kevin Weekes) just said that the caps, and BB, did the exact same thing over and over again and expected different results.

Hopefully GMGM and BB make some stategy changes before next year and get a few more players in here that hate losing more than they like winning. Guys that will play for the crest on the front of the jersey, and not the name on the back.

Posted by: Fletch22 | April 30, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

The good side of it is the family like relations in the team. It's good for great atmosphere and is a rare case in modern world of business.
The bad side - the players, coach etc get used to failing in playoff. In the end it doesn't hurt as bad, as they thought it would.

May be it's time to show some dedication like practicing PP during vacation time?

Posted by: Michael01a | May 1, 2010 3:18 AM | Report abuse

1) Never pay any attention to "Cheef". He is a grade A you-know-what.

2) Mike Green needs to be moved off of the Blue line. Either make him a forward or trade him. He is NOT a defenseman (see Carlson, Shultz, Poti for examples)

3) Something I have read from a lot of other boards that I am really starting to agree with - Ovechekin's lack of back checking. All the forwards, as a whole, need to start back checking with a LOT more regularity.

Last comment is this - BB, IMHO, REALLY screwed us in the playoffs when he pulled Theo and went with Varly. Varly sucked in game's 6+7 (especially the 3rd goal in game 7). Theo would have given us a much, much better chance. I think he also would have given the entire team a lift, knowing that their buddy and best goalie was in net.

Posted by: Snowdog | May 1, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who is just happy to see more red jerseys in the stands than those of the opposition, I say another year or two of underachieving and things will revert. If Leonsis thinks he has achieved anything of permanance, he is mistaken. All he has achieved is more attention, and partly that is because the other local teams have been so atrocious. The Caps, from owner on down, were way too full of themselves this season. If they don't do what is necessary to become a real championship contender, they will be back to where they were three years ago.

Posted by: poguesmahone | May 2, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

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