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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Bruce Boudreau on McPhee's comments

By Dan Steinberg

Remember last week when George McPhee seemed to be pretty outspoken about the Caps' performance? This is what he told Katie Carrera:

"I'm not happy with the team right now. I'm not happy with the results. I think there are games that we've played very, very well but let up at certain points in the game and it's cost us a lot of points that were on the table."

Some people thought this might be the organization's way of publicly sending a message to the roster that things had better change, that this was a calculated and coordinated front-office ploy. Well, if so, Bruce Boudreau wasn't part of the calculation. The coach was asked about McPhee's comments on ESPN 980 Thursday afternoon, and he said it was all news to him.

"Well, this is the first time I've heard of it," Boudreau said. "So my reaction is I don't have a reaction yet, because I haven't had a chance to just take it all in. And I don't know what context he said it in or anything else. That's the first time I've heard it."

Not a big Caps Insider reader, apparently. Thom Loverro, who was asking the questions, just laughed, and sort of asked again whether the McPhee interview had been discussed inside the coaches' offices.

"Didn't hear one iota of it," Boudreau said. "So we obviously didn't hear that interview or read that interview."

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 1:17 PM ET
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Comments

what a dysfunctional team. the coach doesn't pay attention to the gm, the players don't pay attention to the coach and the fans are stuck with another ticket increase, and nothing to show for it.

Posted by: dingram3 | February 23, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this doesn't give me a good feeling about this team at all (and I wasn't feeling all that great about them to begin with).

We saw on HBO 24/7 show how Shero and Bylsma go through the roster after each game and grade players. There weren't any indications that this sort of attention to detail and regular collaboration between coach and GM is taking place on the Capitals. The fact that Bruce seems completely in the dark about GMGM's very public displeasure with the team only makes it more mind boggling.

Posted by: chombie13 | February 23, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Whether Bruce had read McPhee's comments or not, I would hope he would have felt the same way about the team--not happy about the results. I think the last two games have definitely been a positive sign, but was there really any reason to feel happy about the way the team has been playing for most of the last three months?

Posted by: TheFingerman | February 23, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Only if it turns out to represent a transition to effective implementation of a more defensively oriented system. The announcers on Versus seemed to think it was possible that's what they were seeing on Monday night, but the jury's very much out.

Posted by: zimbar | February 23, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

GMGM feeds some rotten meat to the vultures and the masses goes hysterical into convulsions. LOL. Those who have followed how GMGM operates know that he is not going to discuss internal issues with the media. What is important to note is that BB does not give a crap about what is written on the papers or the internet.

Posted by: hock1 | February 23, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

what a dysfunctional team. the coach doesn't pay attention to the gm, the players don't pay attention to the coach and the fans are stuck with another ticket increase, and nothing to show for it.

Posted by: dingram3 | February 23, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

So the Coach should be busy reading the paper instead of coaching the team? And of course you know whether the players pay attention to the coach because you are in the locker room? i'm also willing to bet you are not a season ticket holder so the increase wouldn't impact you one bit, right? and if you are a STH, feel free to give them up so others on the waiting list can gladly pay for them...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 23, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh for crying out loud... McPhee's comments came when the team was out on the West Coast so Boudreau would have had to have either gotten onto the internet to find them or have somebody tell him about them. This isn't a sign of "dysfunction" or a lack of attention to detail.

McPhee has stated that he is going to let the coach coach the team and that is how it should be. The whole bizarre Shero/Bylsma player rankings per game is straight out of Micromanagement 101.

If McPhee had that little faith in Boudreau, I have little doubt that he would fire Bruce but you can't say that about Freddy and Danny.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 23, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse


Funny how non caps fans are so eager to give their opinions about our team. We must be doing something right for them to go through the effort of writing something up.

Lets Go CAPS!!!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | February 23, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"The whole bizarre Shero/Bylsma player rankings per game is straight out of Micromanagement 101."

CapsNut took the words right out of my mouth.

Posted by: sordidvox | February 23, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"We saw on HBO 24/7 show how Shero and Bylsma go through the roster after each game and grade players."

Yeah, those two guys are a fine example to follow. Their extensive grading system has produced one of the most undisciplined and penalized teams in the league.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | February 23, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and if anybody should be embarrassed by this whole episode it should be Katie Carrera who got this quote from McPhee while the Caps were out West and didn't follow up with Boudreau about it while she was traveling with the team on their West Coast Swing.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 23, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with CapsNut. Katie (and a lot of the media) do not seem to ask Capitals upper-management the tough questions. We finally get something juicy from McPhee, and she fails to get a response from BB. Poor reporting on her part.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | February 23, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Just to play devil's advocate, you must take into account the SOURCE. Katie Carrera, upon hearing that Mike Green was having headaches and nausea after being hit in the head with a puck, decided to publicly state that he was suffering from a concussion. The team had not mentioned "concussion" at any point after his injury. No one else in the press corps in DC said anything about a concussion. Yet she felt the need to contrive a fantastic story based on no evidence for or against the particulars of the injury.

Because she is the Capitals "insider" the story got picked up by other news outlets who began panicking. Mike Green's concussion was discussed on XM Home Ice and the NHL Network and in the Canadian media. Meanwhile, he was having issues with his inner ear, which will of course cause some disorientation and discomfort. But because concussions are a hot button topic and would get her more attention, she ran with this ridiculous conjecture. That's not journalism, it's sensationalism.

Why would anyone have any reason to believe her when she "quotes" anybody in a story? If she's willing to make stuff up how does she have any credibility at all?

She should not be taken seriously as a journalist. She knows nothing about hockey except what she used to copy off of Tarek. She is a disgrace to her profession. It's a shame that she hasn't been held accountable for her actions. The Post ought to know better.

Posted by: HornGuy | February 23, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Boudreau is one of the strongest points of this team. When star players slack, you are seeing the consequences of everyone pointing fingers and as they say, it starts at the top.

Leonsis down to the GM down to the Coach and right to the players.

You can't coddle these guys like babies.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | February 23, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, some blog commenters are a disgrace to their profession, too. I won't name names.

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 23, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

the people who post here are a bunch of "whooie" hot air.

you remind me of the post game show with Johnathan Warner. THE SAME PEOPLE EVERY NITE. WHEN DAVE FROM CENTERVILLE {WHO IS USUALLY FIRST IN LINE] COMES ON I TURN THE RADIO OFF SO I DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE SHMALTZ TALK. HE SURE LOVES TO HEAR HIMSELF TALK---BORING JOHNATHAN.SO ARE MANY MORE OF YOUR REGULAR CALLERS.ALSO YOUR KEN SAVARIN CAN'T SAY A FULL SENTENCE WITHOUT SAYING "YOU KNOW" SEVERAL TIMES.IF YOU TAKE "U-KNOW OUT OF HIS TALKING YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH.

BY THE WAY THE CAPS ARE NOW 15-7-10 IN ONE GOAL GAMES. THATS ACTUALLY 15 WINS AND 17 LOSSES. BELOW 500. HOCKEY.THIS STYLE OF DEFENSE DOESN'T WIN "STANLEY CUPS" WHO THE HELL DO BB AND GMGM THINK THEY ARE KIDDING? US SEASON TICKET HOLDERS AIN'T MORONS.THE CAPS ARE GONNA GO INTO THE PLAYOFF BECAUSE OF THEIR RECORD IN OCT.-NOV. CAUSE THEY SURE AS HELL STINK FROM FROM DEC.1 ON.

I'M SURE TIRED OF THE POST GAME SHOW MR. WARNER AND KEN"U-KNOW" SAVERIN MAKING THEIR NIGHTLY EXCUSES ABOUT HOW ITS ALL GOING TO BE FINE AND DANDY. SEMIN GETS BACK AND THE POWER PLAY WILL REVIVE ETC.ETC. HELL SEMIN HADN'T A GOAL FROM DEC.1 THRU JAN.8 WHEN HE GOT HURT{AGAIN}MUCH TO FRAGILE.SEMIN GETS MORE TIME OFF WITH A HANG NAIL THAN OTHER PLAYERS WITH BROKEN LEGS.PRIMA-DONNA ANYONE??? CAN'T TRADE SEMIN CAUSE NOBODY WANTS HIM-- TO INJURY PRONE.

TED LEONSIS IS A GREAT OWNER AND I LOVE THE HELL OUT OF BB.BUT HE OR GMGM GAVE UP ON THE OFFENSIVE SYSTEM TO SOON SO ITS BACK TO THE OLD DEFENSIVE SYSTEM THAT WE ALWAYS HAD HERE THAT WAS NEVER SUCSESSFULAND WAS AND IS SO BORING. IT GOT HANLON FIRED AND WILL PROBALLY GET BB FIRED. ITS BEEN A NICE RUN THESE LAST THREE YEARS. NOW ITS MORE 1 GOAL BORING GAMES SO CALLED PLAY-OFF HOCKEY. BUT PLAYING 500. HOCKEY DON'T WIN YOU "STANLEY CUPS"

Posted by: duckyjimpond | February 24, 2011 12:50 AM | Report abuse

BB is an emotional guy, but he's also got a droll sense of humor and a good poker-face. And he's smart enough not to publicly blast the boss in the media. I'm pretty sure he knows very well what is being said but his #1 job is coaching the Caps, not reading and responding to news stories.

Posted by: AmyS1 | February 24, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Duckyjimpond, you lose all credibility when you type in all caps. I pick out only your statement on Alexander Semin because you failed to acknowledge that when Semin came back he had that hat trick. I forget which team it was but someone who's more capable of remembering facts and figures that don't earn them a yearly salary, should be able to tell you which team it was that he scored his latest hat trick on, proving further that he should stay with the team. But again, you have your opinion and I have mine. Try not typing in all caps next time. You insult all the people who are mentally challenged with your ineptitude.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 25, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I have mixed feelings about this new "defensive" posture. I hear it's about the playoffs. Cool, but the playoffs start in April, not in December. keep playing at this level and there won't be any playoffs to worry about.

That said, I like seeing OV clearing the puck away from the crease and the side goal-lines or face off circles rather than always "cheating" the blue line looking for a break away. I got tired of watching Cindy make plays in the crease while OV was always worried about the next highlight reel move.

Both ends of the ice need to be played solidly, and ultimately defense wins championships in every sport. Not glamorous, but the unmistakable truth.

Posted by: soloman5000 | February 25, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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