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Morning Reading List: Caps Hire Woods

In a decade-long relationship, new assistant Bob Woods, above, has played for and coached with Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau. (Just Sports Photography)

The Caps announced yesterday that they've again dipped into the AHL coaching pool, plucking Bob Woods from his position as head coach of the Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears and making him an assistant.

He'll join good buddy Bruce Boudreau behind the bench and work primarily with the defensemen. The Bears haven't yet said who Woods's replacement in Hershey will be.

On the coaching search, from the Patriot-News:

"We haven't set a timetable," Bears president-GM Doug Yingst said. "I would say within a month. I hope that within a month we'll have it done."
It would be efficacious for a new head coach to be in place by the time Washington holds its annual summer prospects camp in mid-July.
"I think they're going to have a good search," Boudreau said, "and I think they're going to get a great guy."
Yingst said Bears assistant coach Mark French is "absolutely" a candidate for the job. He declined to name any other candidates.

A few more odds and ends this morning:

* Woods's former (maybe future) players in Hershey predict he'll have success in Washington. From the Patriot-News:

"I think he's going to do really, really well up there," said Bears defenseman Tyler Sloan, who played 26 regular-season and two playoff games for the Caps last season. "He's very patient and a teacher. As an assistant coach, that's what you have to be. I really respect him and love to see him up there as a coach.
"He's going to know the majority of the players up there. Even a majority of the guys coming up [in the future]. That's going to be beneficial to everybody, knowing his style and knowing what to expect. I think it's going to bode well for the entire organization. I think it's going to be a great fit."
Bears captain Bryan Helmer said he expects Woods to have a smooth transition.
"Woody has been one of my best coaches over the years," said Helmer, who played 12 games for Washington last season. "He obviously knows the game and obviously is a winner. We're going to miss him in Hershey. He was a big part of the team. We respect him."

* In case you missed it, here are some player interviews (including two from Alex Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov) from the NHL Awards. (Preds on the Glass)

* Ovechkin turned away in Vegas? Say it ain't so! (Las Vegas Review-Journal via Terez Owens)

Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's most valuable player, doesn't get stopped very often. But a doorman at Lavo, the Palazzo hot spot, can say he accomplished what a lot of goalies rarely do. Ovechkin was turned away at the door Wednesday night when he and two friends showed up wearing flip flops on their way to, of all places, a fashion show.

* The NHL Hall of Fame's committee begins discussing its 2009 inductees today. The obvious choices: Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Brian Leetch. But who's the fourth? (The Hockey News)

Draft Chatter Starts Here

The NHL Entry Draft is this Friday in Montreal. Tarik will be making the trip and providing some analysis/predictions later this week. In the meantime, here are a few links from

* Draft prospect profiles and rankings.

* John Tavares and Victor Hedman are most likely going 1-2, but everything else is up for grabs. Way down at No. 24, who will the Caps pick? experts say:

Adam Kimelman - Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High

Shawn Roarke - Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon (WHL)

Brad Holland - Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 23, 2009; 9:24 AM ET
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You never know how the draft is going to go but one thing this organization lacks from the top down is a rugged two way center who can score from in close.

Backstrom is a very good player and will only get better. But he and Anton Gustafsson, whom the team drafted last year, are similar.

The Caps need to develop some toughness up front and after spending most of their draft picks since 2004 on defensemen, I think this is the year to go after that more physical player.

Posted by: leopard09 | June 23, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I think Leone needs a raise, just for dropping efficacious in an article.

Posted by: Section117 | June 23, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@leopard09: Probably true, but I don't think Boudreau's system uses the centers for that. Doesn't he prefer to have the centers playmaking and one of the wingers crashing the net?

What we do need is a defensively strong center. I have to say that I like either Josefson or Ryan O'Reilly for this (h/t to Japers' for the link. I like the sound of a high-level work ethic.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 23, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Important dates to keep in mind...

June 15: First buyout window opens

June 26-27: '09 Entry Draft in Montreal

June 29: Deadline to qualify RFAs

June 30: RFAs may contact other teams regarding potential interest; Salary cap ceiling & floor are set; first buyout window closes

July 1: Beginning of free agency (UFAs eligible to sign, RFAs now eligible to sign offer sheets or accept their QOs)

July 5: Deadline for player-elected arbitration

July 6: Deadline for team-elected arbitration

July 13-17: Tentative dates for development camp at Kettler

July 15: Qualifying Offers expire

July 20-August 4: Arbitration hearings

August 6: Final arbitration ruling

August 15: Deadline to sign certain draft picks that took the NCAA path

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"It would be efficacious for a new head coach to be in place by the time Washington holds its annual summer prospects camp in mid-July."

Who in God's name uses the word "efficacious?" I'll bet not even William Faulkner used that word. I looked it up and I still can't figure out what the writer was trying to say. How 'bout, "It would be good..."

Am I the only one who thinks Woods could get at least 2nd Prize in the Marc Crawford look-alike contest?

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 23, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

BTW, for a writer to use such a fancy word and then start a paragraph with the word "It?"

Does that paper have an editor?

Signed, The Grammar Police

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 23, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"That writer" is the guy who in penning Boudreau's biography, which should be out in print this fall if the schedule is still correct.

Posted by: tess2201 | June 23, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom is going to be on the cover of NHL 10 in Sweden. This pleases me.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 23, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thiazzi | June 23, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Who the heck is this Jacob Josefson? He's not in central scouting.

I actually like the reports on Nick Leddy (D-man that gets the puck to the net and has a good outlet) and Kyle Palmieri (winger that parks in front of the net). Stephan Elliot sounds like he'd be a good fit, too.

Budish had knee issues from football (ACL) and sat out all his senior year of hockey. I wouldn't take him in the first round.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Why not keep it in the family and promote Jared Bednar from the Stingrays as either the assistant or head coach. He guided them to a Cup this season as well so it would be well deserved and it demonstrates loyalty.

Posted by: blackandred777 | June 23, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

One thing to keep in mind, boys and girls.

These prospects will not be seen by us except in the camps. Our needs are now for a SAH Defenseman, role playing forwards, and a park-your-butt-in-front-of-the-net forward.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Stefan Elliot's faves:


NHL Team: Vancouver Canucks
NHL Player: Mike Green
Shootout move: “Anything that goes in”

Two out of three ain't bad!

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Tess: I think I'll save my money.

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 23, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Here is a link to JACOB JOSEFSON projected to go #16 by Bob McKenzie at TSN:

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 23, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Jeez, no one's made a joke about the flip flops yet? Y'all disappoint me. I went to "select-a-seat" event last night at Verizon. The Caps weren't kidding. The opportunities to upgrade your seats were few and far between..and I went there on the early side.

Posted by: TrabZ | June 23, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Ovie have footwear problems when he met the President of Russia a year or so ago too? Unlucky guy..

Posted by: thiazzi | June 23, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

There is a great interview of Varly today in Japers' Rink

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 23, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, well, that and $2.95 gets you a mocha latte at Starbucks.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Greg S: Thanks for the links to the two Hershey blogs on "who's coming back." Those two articles were comprehensive and informative, plus that writer refrained from using such words as "efficacious." :)

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 23, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I think its a given that Matt Duchene goes now lower than third in the draft.

An interesting mock draft with NHL team bloggers acting as GM's.

FWIW, most people don't think that the players the Caps draft in that mock draft will still be available at 24.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 23, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Bruce is about to be on NHL Live.

Posted by: ThePat | June 23, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

What time did he start?

Posted by: Boo- | June 23, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

probably about 120, was on for 10 minutes. Said Theo will be ready and fired up to get his job back come training camp. He's happy with the d-core and thinks they have 10 in the organization that can play in the NHL.

Posted by: ThePat | June 23, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the recap!

Posted by: Boo- | June 23, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse


That said, *grin*, we aren't paying the boy for how he dresses, right?

@blackandred777 - It would definitely make sense to me promote Mark French to head coach of the Bears, promote Jared Bednar to assistant coach of the Bears, and then hire someone else to assist Cail MacLean, who would be promoted to head coach in South Carolina if Bednar is promoted to the Bears... It does show loyalty. :-) Plus, these guys know the system like nobody else!

Posted by: irockthered | June 23, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as he wore flip-flops to meet the president of Russia, I am not the least bit surprised that he wore them to a club ... especially in Vegas.

Posted by: Boo- | June 23, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat: I have to agree with the D-core assessment. Having watched games where our D was lights-out and games where it was crap, I think the players can do it, it's just a matter of sticking with the system when things go wrong. As Dan Snyder, Barack Obama, and Robert E. Lee all knew or should know by now, throwing more money and more bodies at a problem is not a good solution.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 23, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if you have to subscribe to a sports package on Comcast in order to get the NHL network? I thought they were making it available with the standard cable package but it didn't work for me when I looked yesterday...

Posted by: rebecca17 | June 23, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It has to be Lucky Luc.

Posted by: JohninMpls | June 23, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse


NHL Network is part of the sports package on Comcast. $5 a month with a $1.99 activation fee. Not in HD.

Posted by: sldyer1 | June 23, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Just one of the many reasons I have is part of the normal package with them.

Posted by: PhilR | June 23, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How can you have a network devoted to hockey and not have it in HD? Ridiculous...

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 23, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

NHL was too busy working the Cup playoffs to consider high def tv. *snicker* In all seriousness, I'm sure at some point, they'll make the transition.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 23, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I think NHL network will become part of the expanded tier (that has NatGeo and MLB, among others) in the near future on Comcast. Been a while since I checked, though.

What I don't understand is why MLB got put on the expanded package and not the sports package in the first place.

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 23, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hip - Hip - Hooray !!!

Maryland football lose a bundle of recruits !

1 - Wisconsin Badgers nab Good Counsel safety Frank Tamakloe
6-foot-2, 172-pound prospect Frank Tamakloe has committed to sign with Wisconsin's Class of 2010, ESPN affiliate Web site reports.

Tamakloe added that the Badgers just beat out Northwestern and Maryland for his pledge.

2- Highly-touted Peach State corner Jonathan Mincy chooses Auburn
Jonathan Mincy, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback from Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.) has committed to the Tigers for the Class of 2010.

Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, LSU, Miami-Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina have also offered Mincy.

3 - Boston College adds QB Joshua Bordner to fold
A 6-foot-4, 185-pound quarterback, Joshua Bordner of Century (Eldersburg, Md.) has chosen the Eagles for the Class of 2010.

Bordner, who passed for 2217 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, also drew interest from Maryland. He rushed for another 10 scores.

4- Defensive end Tavaris Barnes is headed to Seminoles
Highly-sought Tavaris Barnes, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.), has committed to Florida State for the Class of 2010.

Barnes had previously narrowed his list down to Florida State, North Carolina and South Carolina. Several other programs including Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, South Florida Clemson, Georgia Tech and Rutgers also offered.

5 -Defensive lineman T. J. Clemmings decides for the Panthers
Pittsburgh has landed highly-recruited T. J. Clemmings of Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) for the Class of 2010.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end also holds scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Miami-Florida, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse and Duke, among many others.

6- Wake Forest lands Bolles defensive back Desmond Cooper
Safety Desmond Cooper of Boles (Jacksonville, Fla.) has accepted a Class of 2010 offer from the Demon Deacons.

Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Miami-Florida, Purdue, Rutgers, West Virginia and Florida International also extended offers to the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect.

7- Highly-recruited athlete Anthony Creecy picks Wolfpack
North Carolina State has snared receiver / running back prospect Anthony Creecy of Southern Durham (Durham, N.C.) for its recruiting Class of 2010.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Creecy holds over 30 offers, including North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Stanford, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Maryland and Mississippi, among others.

Maryland football will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland Basketball will finish with a 15-16 record
- No NCAA bid
- No NIT bid

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | June 23, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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