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Posted at 3:08 PM ET, 01/30/2011

NHLPA poll: Capitals most overrated team

By Katie Carrera

The NHLPA and CBC released the results of their joint player poll, where 318 NHLers were surveyed on topics ranging from which rinks have the best and worst ice, which coach they would most like to play for, to their take on rules, underrated players and so on.

Among the categories the Capitals came out on top of a few, though they might not always be something where finishing first is best.

--Thirty-five percent of the players polled said the Capitals were the most overrated team, followed by the Vancouver Canucks (12 percent), Montreal Canadiens (11), San Jose Sharks (10) and Philadelphia Flyers (4).

--Alex Ovechkin was voted by the goaltenders surveyed as the most difficult player to stop with 27 percent.

--Coach Bruce Boudreau is the easiest coach to play for according to 35 percent of the players surveyed.

You can check out the full results of the poll, by category, here.

By Katie Carrera  | January 30, 2011; 3:08 PM ET
 
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Comments

Good: We now have bulletin board material
Bad: Cue the same old people complaining that Bruce is too easy on our players and that Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, etc. get too many days off from practice.

Posted by: Raber | January 30, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think any coach in any sport ever became a championship coach by being voted the easiest to play for.

I think Doc Rivers of the Celtics is only coach that I can think of who might fit that description but the Celtics under his watch have always been a great defensive team.

Posted by: joek443 | January 30, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Thirty-five percent of the players polled said the Capitals were the most overrated team.
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Where I come from that's more than 1 outta 3.

Those who always bring up the point that Ovi has been voted MVP by his peers and Crosby has not, how are you gonna spin this one???

Posted by: joek443 | January 30, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure when this poll was conducted but I'm not sure if the Caps would fall under the overrated umbrella anymore.

It seems that most analysts now consider them to be a middle of the road playoff team that will, at most, win one playoff round. I haven't seen or heard any analyst in the past two months consider them an elite team.

Maybe this poll was taken a few months ago.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 30, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Those who always bring up the point that Ovi has been voted MVP by his peers and Crosby has not, how are you gonna spin this one???

Posted by: joek443

Why does something have to be spun? Ovie was voted by his peers as the best player in the NHL the past 3 years. That is a fact.

At the time this poll was conducted, 35% of the players polled consider the Capitals the most overrated team. That is interesting to know, but not all that shocking.

My feeling is that now the Caps are probably properly rated as they are no longer viewed as an awesome team(which they were viewed when this poll was probably conducted) and just a pretty good team.

It is what it is.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 30, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

At the time this poll was conducted, 35% of the players polled consider the Capitals the most overrated team. That is interesting to know, but not all that shocking.
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Really, you don't find that the Caps have the next team on the least beat by almost 3 times??

I find that margin very shocking.

Posted by: joek443 | January 30, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Who are Ovie and Green skating with today??

This all star intro thing with the kids is lame and uncomfortable to watch.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 30, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Note that they didn't ask which player whines/dives the most.

Posted by: CapsNut | January 30, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

How nice has this All Star weekend been without Sidney and all the announcers all over him??

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 30, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure we'll hear olzyg (sp) say at least once what a shame it is that cindy isn't here and that hits to the head like steckel's should be severely punished

Posted by: ebolean1 | January 30, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

See what happens when Ovie puts it in front of the net?? If only we had Duncan on our #1 line with Nicky and Ovie..Ha!

Looks like Green and Chara.... and Ovie, Sedin and Kessler.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 30, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

See what happens when Ovie puts it in front of the net?? If only we had Duncan on our #1 line with Nicky and Ovie..Ha!

Looks like Green and Chara.... and Ovie, Sedin and Kessler.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 30, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse.

I MEANT DANIEL SEDIN, NOT DUNCAN KEITH

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 30, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Where I come from that's more than 1 outta 3.

Those who always bring up the point that Ovi has been voted MVP by his peers and Crosby has not, how are you gonna spin this one???"

What's there to spin? One thing has nothing to do with the other. And Ovechkin was the best player three years in a row; this year he clearly is not.

What I find interesting is, Boudreau is named "easiest to play for" while not even being one of the top 5 coaches players would want to play for. Tells me he's way too lenient. Time to cut down on the optional practices and stop being such a soft touch w/ underperforming players.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | January 30, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Your reasoning (or whatever point you're trying to make) is specious. You're attempting to draw a conclusion that simply isn't there. Things always change from year to year. Sports seasons are fluid things. This year, OV won't be voted on by the players as the best in the league, and he shouldn't be. This year, the Caps are being designated as overrated, and they probably should be. But that could all change next year. Hell, the impressions of the players who responded to the poll could even change this year, if the Caps get their act together. (But, of course, another poll won't be offered.) So, in the end, it's not anyone here trying to spin something. It's you. You're trying to spin these results, to give them some grander meaning that isn't there.

Also, who cares about the results of the poll? Does the release of the poll mean the season is now over? No need to play any more games? I would think the focus should be on the remainder of the games, not the results of a silly, largely meaningless poll.

Posted by: CDon | January 30, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

BB is the anti-Bowman. Remember how much everyone hated Bowman when he took over Detroit? Especially Yzerman. They turned it around nicely I'll say.

Posted by: timKosecki | January 30, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau is the easiest coach to play for? As long as that's the case, they will never win the Cup with him. NEVER.

I know there are many who love the guy and don't want to hear that but the fact is that winning an NHL championship takes discipline, regimen and dedication. Coaches who instill such things are never named "easiest to play for". It just doesn't work.

Boudreau must go.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 30, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Everyone takes this personal and this gives the Caps bulletin board material. lets spin this to where they may shut people up

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | January 30, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@fanzee71: And you know this how? Do you know, for a fact, that Boudreau does not discipline players, enforce a regimen on his players, and lacks any sort of dedication to win the Cup or keep his team successful? Before you go calling for the firing of someone, please make sure you have your facts in order. Otherwise, your only point of argument is based on your opinions, assumptions, and you stringing these together and coming up with a baseless point. If Boudreau was none of these, he would have been fired after the last Cup run. He wasn't. So please, go back to coaching and managing your imaginary hockey team. You're just embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 31, 2011 2:09 AM | Report abuse

I think it's ridiculous that anyone would think that these players would consider anyone but the Capitals as overrated. But here's the thing, I don't believe for a second that the Capitals have put out there in the media that they're the sh*t or that they were robbed of a Stanley Cup or that they was illegally hit to the head and that some other player should be suspended because I can't play hockey. If you watched the HBO 24/7 Road to the Stanley Cup, not once did the Capitals act like they were owed anything. Not once. Guess who stirs the pot and constantly put them on a pedestal that they neither claim to be on nor want to be placed on? The media. If you eliminated the media, would the players have any reason to think that the Capitals are "the team to beat"? Not Ovi. Not Backstrom. Not Green. Not Knuble. Not even Laich have ever boasted to be better than any other team. So no, I don't give much credit to this silly poll. CBC? Please. They still have stupid Cherry on tv. Or even worse, Sarah Palin. Both very stupid people with opinions that they should just keep to themselves.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 31, 2011 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Do you know, for a fact, that Boudreau does not discipline players, enforce a regimen on his players, and lacks any sort of dedication to win the Cup or keep his team successful?
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LMAO, are you f-ing blind?? The only kinda discipline BB knows is bench a few scrubs occasionally.

Wake me up when he benches any of his TOP players for anything for even a shift.

Posted by: joek443 | January 31, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

@LeftCoast - I agree with your post 100%. The media is what spins all of this and the last I checked, Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire, "Dick" Emerick, Barry Melrose, Matthew Barnaby are part of the press that cover hockey.

From the list above, how many would you listen to? None for me, thanks!

Posted by: jwash4472 | January 31, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

i assume that the wapo will be asking about this at practice......

Posted by: CF11555 | January 31, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute, 4% said the Flyers are overrated? That means they're underrated. Agreed!!!

Posted by: Dog-1 | January 31, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Leftcoast, I'm not using my imagination here. Boudreau insists he will make changes on the power play and doesn't. Boudreau complains that guys aren't making an effort and says he's going to make changes if they don't, and he does nothing. The team is consistently shooting itself in the foot this year for slow starts, yet he keep trotting the same guys out there, they keep starting slowly and he does absolutely nothing to send the message that he's not going to tolerate it.

Now the players -- not media, not fans, not even generals managers, but players themselves -- have voted him the easiest coach to play for. That really sums it up. I don't need to be some sort of insider spying on their locker room to know they don't have any discipline. It's obvious from watching the games. Boudreau is like a parent who constantly threatens punishment and doesn't deliver it, so the kid knows there are no boundaries.

You can kid yourself all you want but I can see what's going on with my own eyes.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 31, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

In a contact sport like hockey, that's gotta sting even more to be called over rated by your peers.

But not surprising.

Coupled with the BB assessment, I think even the players are telling Ted and GMGM that you're wasting a big opportunity of talent and promise on a coach who ain't going to get you there.

Time for a change.

Posted by: tslats | January 31, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau is the easiest coach to play for? As long as that's the case, they will never win the Cup with him. NEVER.

I know there are many who love the guy and don't want to hear that but the fact is that winning an NHL championship takes discipline, regimen and dedication. Coaches who instill such things are never named "easiest to play for". It just doesn't work.

Boudreau must go.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 30, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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Being the "expert" you claim you are, then you are saying that you can lead an AHL team to a championship as an "easy to play for" coach but all that changes when you get bumped up to the NHL level!!
Is that correct?
But then again, how many of those players have actually played for Bruce?? And then again they said "easiest" to play for, not an easy coach to play for.
Very subjective since someone has to be the easiest when all coaches are compared!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | January 31, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"Being the "expert" you claim you are, then you are saying that you can lead an AHL team to a championship as an "easy to play for" coach but all that changes when you get bumped up to the NHL level!!
Is that correct?
But then again, how many of those players have actually played for Bruce?? And then again they said "easiest" to play for, not an easy coach to play for.
Very subjective since someone has to be the easiest when all coaches are compared!"

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Please show me where I claimed to be an expert. I never did. You don't need to be one so see that this Caps team does not have the discipline it needs -- and that is part of the coach's job. Pros or not, the reality is that if the man on top doesn't demand a certain level of performance and attention to detail, the players won't generate it on their own.

As for the AHL/NHL comparison, I think almost anyone would say that it's much harder to win in the NHL than in the AHL. Of course it is, the NHL is a much tougher league. The higher the league, the smaller the difference in skill level among the players, the more you need to work hard, commit to defense/system and play as a team in order to win. That's true in hockey and every other sport.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 31, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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