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Morning Reading List: Ted Says Take It Easy


(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)


The Capitals' season is over, but the Internet still has plenty of links to go around, so let's get to it:

Raise your hand if, in a moment of weakness following the Caps' earlier-than-hoped-for playoff exit, you've emailed a ridiculous idea to majority owner Ted Leonsis. A few of the suggestions he's received:

"Fish stink from the head down -- you have had a decade to win a Cup and you haven't -- sell the team to someone who knows how to win";
"First George Mcphee has to go -- short of drafting Alex Ovechkin -- what has he done? -- we need to clean up this unholy mess";
"It is time for Bruce to go -- he has lost two game 7's in two years -- what does a man have to do to get terminated in your company -- can't you see that his system will never win a Cup?"

"...if we follow the logic of the collective wisdom of the crowds via these emails over the last 5 days," Leonsis writes, "I would sell the team- but before I do- I would fire George and Bruce- and get rid of every player but Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom."

Japers' Rink takes a look at the performance of defenseman Karl Alzner, who was called up for 30 games this past season. (By the way, we'll also be doing a review of each player/position once Tarik takes a few much-needed days off.)


In the System

Facing a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals, the Hershey Bears held off a late push by the Providence Bruins to win, 2-1. Game 3 is Friday night at Dunkin' Donuts Center. (The Patriot-News)


Pens vs. 'Canes

It's Staal vs. Staal; Pittsburgh's Jordan vs. Carolina's Eric. Why is this a big deal? When there are 13 Staal children (fine, four) playing professionally, what are the chances two of them wouldn't face each other in a conference final? (Globe and Mail)

Sick of all the fuss? Then it's time to play The Official Staal Brothers Drinking Game. (Puck Huffers via NHL Fanhouse)

Pens star defenseman Sergei Gonchar is still looking rough after a knee-on-knee hit from Alex Ovechkin in Game 4 against the Caps, but he practiced yesterday and plans to play tonight in Game 1.


Wings vs. 'Hawks

Pierre Lebrun says the young Chicago Blackhawks got a good, old-fashioned schooling from the Detroit Red Wings yesterday, starting with Puck Possession 101. (ESPN)

Darren Eliot says the 5-2 thrashing was a "classic case of a champion understanding the situation and delivering despite vulnerabilities." (Sports Illustrated)


Some Extras

How much will it cost to convince the Leafs and Sabres ownership to allow the strugging Coyotes to move to Hamilton? (New York Times)

Want to kiss the Stanley Cup? Just fire your coach. (NHL Fanhouse)


By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 18, 2009; 9:12 AM ET
 
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Comments

where is everybody? this was posted, what...12 minutes ago?!

Posted by: fronesis1016 | May 18, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Bruce does deserve a bit of scrutiny, methinks. Everybody has to get better, including him.

Posted by: Zornado | May 18, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps I am getting soft, but I only sent Ted Leonsis a thanks & appreciation which I will gladly aver here.

Posted by: uncatim | May 18, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, the people who wrote Ted after Game 7 have been fans of the team for many, many years. Clearly, these people remember the great days of Clint Malarchuk, Jim Carey, Pete Peters, Gus, Ridley, Michael Pivonka, etc. Clearly, these people were there during the Bruce Cassidy and Jim Schoenfeld eras. The only way to really appreciate what Ted and GMGM have accomplished is to put it in perspective -- look at where the team was before they inherited it, look at where teams that operate like fantasy teams (we're not going to name Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones), where teams that are owned by people who are learning the ropes (hi, Mr. Lerner, you enjoying the game?), and you appreciate what is being done here. Look at where the Spurs were before Robinson and Duncan, where the Patriots were before Belichick.

We can't compare this franchise to Pittsburgh -- Pittsburgh has been built with some solid draft picks, but, heck, they have the equivalent of three number 1 overall picks (Fleury, Malkin, Crosby) on their team and two of those three are once in a lifetime players (Malkin and Crosby). This is no knock on Pittsburgh, but there was a lot of draft luck that went into building the core of this team as opposed to organizational structure. GMGM is building for a long, long haul and to do that, it takes patience. Ted and GMGM are building an organization that wins as opposed to having some great drafts and winning off of those.

This year was never intended to be The Year. In fact, when you look at the 5 year plan, the only goal this year was to make the playoffs. This team is built for the 2010-11 season and beyond.

So, to the fans that are writing Ted and ripping him, GMGM, and Bruce, here's my question: do you want to root for the Redskins/Cowboys model (winning in the offseason) or do you want to take a chance on the Spurs/Patriots/Colts? Personally, I like that Ted and GMGM are trying to emulate the Spurs/Patriots/Colts. They win and win over the long haul.

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 18, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Everybody figured the season was over. I thought we were all fired.

Stay cool Ted!

Posted by: Sonyask | May 18, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Those 3 emails represent the collective wisdom of Caps fans?

I'm sure he got lots more emails thanking him and to stay the course (for the most part).

Posted by: Moose33 | May 18, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I think reflection and analysis can only improve things as well. I think Boudreau is crucial to this team's cohesion and future, and as the players mature, it will be easier to tweak with and implement Boudreau's system. It also, obviously, needs to be adapted to include backchecking and effective defense, which is (and was) the only thing standing between this team and the Eastern Conference finals.

As far as the team itself, the maturity factor will go a long way towards consistency, cohesion and discipline. This is growing pains - learning things the hard way, Edmonton-Oilers-Smythe-Division-1980-84-style. Keep the faith - this is a great team that should stay together as much as possible.

Posted by: fronesis1016 | May 18, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Nothing to do but be patient right now - and watch other teams that aren't our favorite.

The stat that stuck out at me this season were that our goals against was actually worse than 2007-2008, we did not improve much on the penalty kill, and we were killing penalties too dang much because of undisciplined play. If we had improved our discipline and defense along with our much improved offense, we probably have an easier time of it in the regular season and the post season. Who can hang with this team offensively straight up? Very few.

Improve the D and possibly not just from within if the "right" guy is available.

Go Caps. Looking forward to next season.

Posted by: cwiseman | May 18, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

NEVER react in the heat of the moment. You will always regret what you say and do if you do. Sure, everyone is frustrated the season ended the way it did. Nevertheless get some perspective "fans". The team broke 100 points and the media took notice, FINALLY. More fans were won over than will be lost by this showing. True fans don't abandon their team. Learn from your mistakes and move on. In the Caps case, the D needs to be improved and BB needs to coach 'em up in the POs, particularly about undisciplined play. You can't play a wideopen game in POs unless your opponent begs you to. Ted has done it the right way as opposed to the comedy running the football team. Enjoy the rest of the POs and keep chins up!!

Posted by: bundy44 | May 18, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

As for the future looking great (along with the Caps being a young team). Mentioned above Hershey is 1-1 with Providence in the AHL Semifinals, and the South Carolina Stingrays are in the ECHL finals against the Alaska Aces.

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | May 18, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Some of those emails to Ted were idiotic. Bring back Witt? Come on. With the exception of the guys who have been injured (Clark, Nylander, Schultz) I didn't think any of the guys were that bad.

As for GMGM, I haven't made up my mind. He pretty good a picking young talent. Notable failure Fehr is largely due to the injuries he suffered while in the minors, and I don't think he's had the chance to develop properly.

But, as good as he may be scouting young talent, he needs work as a trade deadline guy. Which team got way better at the deadline? The Pens. As we saw in the series, that was not the same team we played in the regular season. Sure Gonchar was back, but Kunitz and Guerin were huge. At some point, if you want to win the cup you have to pick up a rental or two for the run. He did ok last year with Cooke, but he could have tried a little harder to get Boumeester or another D. (Although sending young talent to a division rival is tricky.)

The team will likely be better next year. If we actually want to win the cup though, he needs to be able to pull the trigger on deadline day.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 18, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

we are a team built around offence in a sports that everyone know is won playing defence. the question is do we have enough cap space to have both?

Posted by: daddy_axe | May 18, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Matt23185: No foul language! Do not mention the name of a certain other coach Bruce who is currently an assistant with the Bear' adversary providence bruins.

Posted by: uncatim | May 18, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Well, the usual crowd from this blog finely went bonkers and actually believe they know something about hockey and how to manage a franchise. Ted you lucky dog, you must have some great ideas of how to get the Cup next year.

Posted by: opita1 | May 18, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

People are just having knee-jerk reactions, as if switching one person would have made the Pens a less talented team and we would have just dominated them. Of course there are things to work on, but I think maturity is the main issue. And guess what people, you don't get experience in one playoff round (i.e. last year). Our boys are still new to this pressure, but I do know that they can get there. Give them some more time and stop calling for the demolition of one of the best teams in the league. Look at our season, we still got to round 2, I mean come on people. Take a chill pill. Our team is still tremendous and will more experience under their belts they will be even better next year.

Nice to see the Bears holding on in their series! Is Varly playing? Haven't have time to check out any Bears line ups but would be interested if someone had them on hand

Posted by: mrszilla | May 18, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad those people got those things off their chest. I would imagine they felt better sitting back in their armchairs after sending out those thoughtless points of drivel. Glad they did. I wouldn't want them taking my order at the drive-thru upset and all.

The 2009-2010 season can't come soon enough. Let's GOOO Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 18, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Who signed off on Tarik getting a break????? Has my thirst for Caps info been filled? Has Caps Fever left me?
I think NOT!!!

(If you can't pick up sarcasm then just disregard and stop reading. If you can keep reading.)

I think Tarik needs to be canned with the rest of Caps FO and all players except #8 and 19. Next year just bring up the whole Bears team; they will show more life then this poor excuse for a professional team.

Posted by: NFeKPo | May 18, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

LeftCoast-

Hahahaha gd forbid they are in a bad mood and forget your ketchup packets. Riots. Death and Destruction.

Seriously, there might be a couple players that I don't love/couldnt-live-without but actually sending instructions to Ted is a clear case of illusions of grandeur...

Posted by: mrszilla | May 18, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm personally disappointed that we didn't get to knock all three Stall brothers out of the playoffs this year...

how great would that of been....
NYR-Marc
PITT-Jordan
CAR-Eric

That would have been sweet!

Posted by: rdiehljr | May 18, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If they dropped Nylanders salary, Fedorov's salary, and Theos salary they would have plenty of dough to retool the blueline. Likelihood? Slim.

They have to switch out parts up front, AND plug up the blueline, AND settle the goal. Thats a fair amount of work.

Who thinks that the Caps would have faired well in the 3rd round, with 4 of 6 blueliners ailing? Those are pretty crucial injuries.

Posted by: oo7 | May 18, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Which team got way better at the deadline? The Pens."

Conversely, how many teams went buck-wild on the Trade deadline and ended up in a similar position (or worse) than the Caps? Calgary comes to mind instantly.

Also, how active were Detroit, Chicago, and Carolina at the deadline?

Rentals aren't necessarily the panacea people would think they are, and can really bite you in the rear if you're not careful. If the Pens don't win the cup this year, they could (could, not def) be in for some trouble down the line.

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey
GMGM did okay last year with Cooke, what about Fedorov and Huet. I think last year he did some major improvements to the team at deadline. This year the asking price for the players we needed was way to high

Posted by: komapuk_vb | May 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh good grief! What's with all this instant gratification nonsense? People that are used to the knee-jerk reactions of a Dan Snyder can't understand that it takes time to build a championship team. The past few seasons have been about the acquisitions. This season was about building chemistry and momentum. Now we have both and hopefully next season will be even better. Patience people -- Rome was not built in a day!

Posted by: AmyS1 | May 18, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

2006/07 - Not even close to playoffs
2007/08 - Exit Game 7 Round 1
2008/09 - Exit Game 7 Round 2

Looks like continued improvement to me. Can't wait for next year.

Posted by: ds_kelly | May 18, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks BB deserves to be fired or even scrutinized more closely - needs to think back to what this team/organization was like B4 he came on-board. Can we say "L-A-S-T P-L-A-C-E" ?? -and he ONLY took them to 1st place in less than a full season - and took them to the post-season again this year? My God - give the guy a pat on the back for turning things around - don't expect his head for not winning the Cup in his first full season!

Posted by: hersheybearfan | May 18, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

After reconsidering my earlier post, I think the Caps should blow the team up. I think the team should trade Morrison to Calgary for Phaneuf (straight up, why WOULDN'T GMGM pull the trigger on that trade), trade Fleischman to Pittsburgh for Malkin (Only a decent GM would make a trade like that; clearly, GMGM isn't a good GM for not making that trade), and trade Nylander and Theodore to NY for Lundqvist (it's insane GMGM didn't pull the trigger on this one at the trade deadline; I think GMGM should be fired for not making this deal). As for free agents, if GMGM doesn't sign Bouwmeester, then it's all Ted's fault. It's because Ted doesn't care about winning. As for coaches, Boudreau is a joke. How come GMGM and Ted thought it a good idea to sign that clown when Scotty Bowman was available? What about trading for those Towes and Kane kids? I would be stunned GMGM didn't even try to get them if it wasn't this franchises' MO to pass on acquiring great players in exchanged for Caps' castoffs with expensive, long-term contracts. Wake me up when Ted and GMGM get serious about winning.

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 18, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Ted can do is find the next Canadian great one and stop loading up on the Russians. Until then the boys in Toronto will continue to screw the Caps every chance they get.

Posted by: soloman5000 | May 18, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The regular season serves mostly to position a team for the Play-offs. Thus, one has to analyze one's work during the play-offs to get a general sense of a player's value.

1- Ovechkin: A What can you say that is not a superlative?
2- Kozlov: C One really good game, no consistency.
3- Backstrom: B+ Lost some dominance as the series moved on, perhaps a little fatigue...
4- Fehr: D+ I just can't dig this guy. Can be easily replace. He got his chances, not let's try someone else..
5- Bradley B-: Very solid play for the amount of ice-time he gets. Could perhaps ascend to a third trio with the right combination.
6- Steckel: B: Great play-offs. incredible face-off win percentage. Has room to grow but he is very dedicated.
7- Fedorov: C+ If not for his goal in game 7 against Rangers, I would have rated him lower. Contrary to what he believes, he has no legs left. Too many turn-overs. We don't need him.
8- Brashear: D I like him as a person but he is pretty much useless. It is not true that he makes another team "respect" us more when he is in the alignment. Things don't work like that at this level anymore. I hope he enjoys the KHL.
9- Gordon: C I would not re-sign him. Let's give someone else a chance.
10- Nylander: Hard to even assign a letter here. With no confidence and hardly any ice-time I will just pass.
11- Semin: C+ Not built for the play-offs. He is weak and fragile. Very streaky. My fear is that, once he signs his next big contract, he will no longer perform to his potential.
12- Laich: C+ One of the guy that disappointed me the most in these play-offs. He needs to score more, especially close to the net. He got into his head that he can be cute like some of our stars and forgot to use is real assets.
13- Fleischman: C- Yuck yuck yuck... weak, ineffective. Was good for only a short while. Will never be a play-off guy
14- Clark: C- Failboat captain. Clark doesn't have it anymore, I'm sorry to say.
D and Goalies in a later post.

Please comment...

Posted by: atybat | May 18, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I hope Ted considers the source for the stupid emails, that is, any idiot with computer access can instantly voice his ill-thought-out opinion. Unfortunately for Ted, he's the most accessible owner in the NHL. Fortunately for us, he's the most accessible owner in the NHL. We shouldn't abuse that rare privilege.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | May 18, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice post, Matt23185. You hit the nail on the head. Not every good prospect will turn into a solid contributor, but you keep assembling, evaluating and improving until the machine can run effectively for years and years.

This playoffs must provide some learning and improvement. But it will take time to continue the evolution and growth.

Or we could trade everyone and win the offseason like the Redskins do.

There's a reason that the Caps will be contenders for a long time and it looks like the Skins won't. Think about it.

Posted by: perspective6 | May 18, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@atybat: Do you have anything better to do besides criticize, criticize, criticize? I suppose it makes you feel better saying those things. To borrow your own words but to throw them right back at you:

I find that "we don't need you". You're "useless". You're "weak and fragile". You're "ineffective". You "don't have it anymore". (Insert brains, hair, hockey skills from the 1930's) Contrary to what you think, "you have no legs left". Quite frankly, I find it amazing how you seem to believe your opinions have any weight to them.

Here's mine: the team has flaws. They're flaws they can focus on and don't need a former hockey player who's way past his prime to be stating it. Thanks, Captain Obvious, for wasting space on this Earth with your sad life, relegating to hurling insults at our team. There's a place for people like you - it's called Pittsburgh. You're dismissed.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 18, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry LeftCoastCapsFan for making you curl in a corner and cry. Your rant on me is ridiculous. You can disagree with my analysis, which I welcome but to imply that I have a sad life (personal attack)is beside the point (not withstanding quite inaccurate).
We are all Bleachers managers here; it's within anyone's perview to challenge's one's opinion and/or to offer one's view on players from "our team" especially when I foot part of the bill that pays their salary.

Posted by: atybat | May 18, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree pretty much with atybat on his assesment of caps forwards. Fedorov is moved back to permanent defence could stay another year but all the players below a C rating could be part of a shake up and could be easily replaced. I would keep Flash but Fehr, Nyls, Clark should be replaced with new blood.

Posted by: jgreif | May 18, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I've had some time to sit back and look over this season and I'm pretty happy with the progress of this team. I bundled the stack of tickets for the games I attended (39 including playoff games) and put them in the time capsule. This team has a few things it needs to address and I am confident that BB will provide his input and GMGM will address them with the full support of Ted and his group.

Not really all that many tweaks required folks. Although I hate to admit it Pittsburgh will at the very least advance to the Stanley Cup Finals again, and have a great chance of winning it. I didn't want to see Crosby lift one before Ovechkin, but he probably will. The fact is, the boys didn't blow it, they took a great team to a game 7.

I tend to think the critcism would be a little less harsh if the boys would have laid down in game 6 and lost in overtime, which is a shame. They didn't though, they brought it to a game 7 and had a good run of bad luck. Let's face it Caps fans, poor Varly let in 3 goals that were pretty routine. I don't have anything but kudos for him though, he did pretty good in his first NHL playoff run. Those goals were just way too much to recover from. The injuries began to hurt just a little more, and the fatigue made the legs just a little heavier. Our boys definitely finished with class though. They did not take any runs at the Pens because the Pens had earned the right to move on. I would have expected nothing less from the Pens.

Anyone who still believes they cared more about the playoff run and Stanley Cup did not take the time to watch the interviews after the game Wednesday and from KCI on Friday. Everyone from GMGM were visibly upset and a couple of the players looked like it was all they could do to keep their emotions in check during the interview.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 18, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

atybat:

totally agree. people look at the world in different ways. contructive criticism for one is intolerable traitorism for another. and i have observed that some of the worst offenders here in terms of insults act shocked when you call their game.

one frequent poster here aside (who apparently an inconito professional hockey writer), we are all bleacher managers. isn't that half the fun??

BTW, agreed with much of your analysis. i think you and LeftCoast agree more than disagree.

Posted by: doughless | May 18, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I love the Caps but changes have to be made to get to the next level. We need an additon like Pronger or JBO on defence, promote Alzner full time, trade Morrison as he is a weak link. Alzner will improve Jurcina's game. I love Semin's skill level but I really believe he is soft so we need to add a heart and soul player to compliment him. Can you imagine how Semin would play along side a guy like M. Lucic. The regular season is one thing but when the playoffs start the intensity picks up and Semin, Nyls, Kozlov, Flash, Fehr are all soft. Keep Semin though and move the rest. The only one that could bite you in this group is Flash, maybe give him another year. Trade Theodore if you can and bring in Khabibulin to work with Varly. This is a russian team that needs a little more grit, an intangible that usually comes from canadian hockey players, such as Pronger or JBO.

Posted by: jgreif | May 18, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE - make sure you do those player breakdowns on video. Preferably the grainy and slow kind I've become accustomed to.

Posted by: TCJR2000 | May 18, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@ Atybat --

Semin is not built for the playoffs? I thought I brought the stats the disprove this in an earlier post, but I guess not. So, repeat of Semin's 3 career playoff series:

-v. Philadelphia: 7 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points, +2.

-v. New York: 7 games, 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points, +5.

-v. Pittsburgh: 7 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 6 points, -6.

Basically, he's been outstanding in 2 of his 3 playoff series. His career playoff totals are 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 21 games, which rates to 32 goals and 56 assists for 88 points at a full season pace.

So can we *please* now lose the "Semin suxxx at playoffs!!" meme?

Posted by: mischadc83 | May 18, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Defensive squad and goalies

Erskine: B+ Very pleasant surprise. I hope he can keep this high level of roughness throughout a season. He has also started to show goos instincts in moving the puck up.
Morrisonn: C Some nights, he just loks too slow out there. Playing with Green makes his tasks almost impossible but he needs to learn to be more robust and to improve his positioning.
Jurcina: C+ He actually elevated his play a bit during the play off. As many others, speed and positioning warrant improvement.
Poti: B I thought he had relatively good play-offs. He had to pick-up some of the slack created by Green's play-off's meltdown. He should have gotten a more PP time.
Pothier: C Some nights, he looked like he was still rusty from his long period of inactivity. He certainly did not achieve a performance equal to his former self. Could be trade bait is someone is a gambler.
Schultz: C- His injury came at an opportune time for the team. It provided BB and opportunity to save face and not have to bench him. He doesn't have enough speed to perform in the league, especially on pivots and he doesn't use his size to his advantage but then, again, he doesn't have speed.
Sloan: C+ I think he has good potential and would like to see him for 1/2 a season. He does everything pretty decent but not great. He shows some toughness but could develop a slightly meaner streak especially around our net.
Green: C- Simply because he is capable of so much more. Whether it's his shoulder, his Schticks, his educated GF from Calgary who dumped him, or simply the pressure he puts on himself, he needed to elevate his play during the play-offs to be perceive by "experts" as the next great defensemen. Fortunately for him, the Caps will afford him many more opportunities to perform in play-offs.

Goalies:
Theodore: D+ Got one chance and blew it. Should be a good back-up goalie or perhaps can come back strong if push comes to shove.
Varlamov: B Sometimes brilliant, sometimes shaky. It was a lot to ask to such a young an inexperienced goalie but he carried the team to two 7th games. He has so much potential. His athleticism is remarkable. He will need to play a little more tighter as he gets a little too spread out.

As a complement, I would add that I give Boudreau a B-. Bruce is a great motivator who can make his best talent perform to the highest level as he instills confidence in them. He has difficulties with lesser talent and seem to cut some players too much slack. He doesn't appear to always be a great bench coach as his timing on the bench can sometimes be slow. He is not well served by his assitant, especially Evason. He needs a strong Defensive Coach. Is Langway available? Maybe Larry Robinson?

Posted by: atybat | May 18, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@atybat: I'm hardly curling up in a corner and crying. I think your comments are hardly even insightful. Just hateful and demeaning. What little you foot of their salary would hardly be missed. As for all fans being bleacher managers, I'm hardly as self-righteous as you come off with your "analyses". Oh, and I think many lucid fans have better things to do than b*tch, b*tch, b*tch.

A number of people have posted valid statistics to contradict your drivel. If you'd stand to get your head out of your behind, you might actually realize that yours is an opinion based on nothing more than you stringing 2 and 5 and getting 10 instead of 7.

I don't think anyone on this Earth would stand for anyone to call them out on human error and judgment. It's easier to do when your targets are unable to respond to you and hold you accountable for your manipulation of information to support your erroneous conclusions.

But yes, please, make yourself useful. *rolls eyes* Sad.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 18, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

Allright, you got me there.... you have added so much more insightfulness to this blog by your analysis of ....me.

Speaking of self-righteousness, you have now spoken teice on behalf of the planet Earth...lol

Posted by: atybat | May 18, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@matt

agreed: stay the course Ted. The team to emulate is Detroit and the stability of having GMGM here for all these years is paying off. We should put a great deal of effort into finding and keeping great amateur and pro scouts and maybe an assistant or two. (Maybe Feds would agree to coach in the system?) And improve the ice conditions - that's what leads to the groins, evidently.

Semin and Green got hurt. Semin was a key reason we made the 2nd round at all. Get him with the right cast and he has a vast upside.

Posted by: WritingLight | May 18, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I told my mom the headlines would all be "Staal vs. Staal" after I found out Carolina would play Pitt. That is the attempt at having tons of hype for that series. Sadly, I won't be watching atleast the first couple games...actually I don't know if I'll even watch the series. Hope the Hurricanes beat up on the Pens.

Anyway, those emails are a little discouraging knowing they're from Caps fans. Honestly, Ted is a bad owner? Okay. Look at the Islanders' owner. He even said he regrets having bought the team. I don't think you can do well with a guy like that. Ted's doing quite well if I do say so myself. Like it has been said, this is a rebuilding process. You're not going to get something right away.
Mcphee is doing fine, too. If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have made it through the first round because Varlamov would be gone if we had gotten Pronger from Anaheim like most people said we should.
Getting rid of Bruce is ridiculous. Let's get rid of the guy who helped us win a playoff series for the first time in 11 years. Yeah he could probably improve but so can nearly everyone in the organization.

Posted by: SarahM28 | May 18, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@atybat: Again, take what you will from my posts against your lambasting the Capitals. Bottom line, your comments don't really do anyone a world of good. My condolences if you don't see that. Unless the Capitals organization entertains any of your ideas/comments, your statements are a joke. Best of luck in finding some meaning in your life that doesn't involve b*tching and complaining about the Capitals.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 18, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Atybat on 90% of his analysis.

I'm with the emailer who suggested to Ted that he get rid of McFee. A decade is too long to be inadequate.

And I'm just about 100% against LeftCoastCapsFan assuming the position of speaking for me, let alone the human race.

And I know it made a good blog entry for Ted to list all of the supposed negative responses he received, but how many of them that he listed do you think also actually had decent ideas contained in them that weren't listed??? Just sayin....

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | May 18, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Everyone just needs to step away from the keyboard, take the summer off, and come back in September. All these postings of people grading the team, recommending firing, releasing, trading people is all bull. I have to admit when the team got blown up in 2004, I was mad at all of the people leaving, but you know what? I got over it and now trust GMGM with almost everything he does. Bringing Nylnader back I never wanted to happen. Everyone just needs to CHILL OUT!!!!!

Posted by: jwash4472 | May 18, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

You don't want to do anything drastic to this team for the sake of saying you did something. Ted has been a great owner and showed alot of patience, that is what us fans need to do now. I know it's hard when your team loses, but the fact is this team will be fine and contend for many more years, patience my friends.

Posted by: BeltwayBoy | May 18, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

@rblatch45: I don't believe my comments were to speak for anyone but myself. If you and atybat prefer to come up with your own interpretations, so be it. Personally, I'm not a fan of stupidity but you and atybat could have at it. Throw a party for yourselves.

I'm not worried about the Capitals. Personally, I don't take my fandom so serious that I'd want to bother "grading" any of the players because there's no point. At the end of the day, the team we have will be the team that the Capitals organization chooses so it's a moot point. What possesses anyone to "grade" a team when their opinion is neither solicited nor desired just seems like a whole waste of time.

Sorry, BeltwayBoy and jwash4472. I really dislike people going to town with their comments about the team and the organization in general because of the loss. It's bad enough we have to suffer for the rest of the summer but to have to read peoples' critiques begs the question of who died and made them GM.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Caps had a very successful season and are actually ahead of the 5-year plan. Yes, we need to upgrade on defense and find another grinder who can create space in front of the crease and score goals. Those who are criticizing GMGM for not making more moves have to give him the benfit of knowing that 2010 and 2011 are the seasons in which we're primed to get to the conference finals.

At this point, the Caps simply aren't quite at the level of the Pens in terms of playoff experience or depth. A few additions and another run through the playoffs may be what is needed. In the long-run, drastic trades or FA signings would ruin the team's chemistry and character. I'm looking for the team to make it to the conference finals next year and possibly beyond. Have faith in GMGM and BB!!!

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 20, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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