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05-14-2012, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by marcel snapshot View Post
Yep. The reason why you can't call this year a failure (though it arguably wasn't a success either) is that Dale made major strides in remedying the mental fragility of this group - a step that was absolutely necessary for them to have any chance of making playoff noise this year or in the future. He also gave them a sense of the commitment and work ethic needed for such success.

Did he get the most of out of the group's collective skill set -- on the D side, yeah; on the O side, there's still more to be done and because it's not clear to me that he could do it, it's not killing me that he's going. But I certainly appreciate what he did for the team.
This sums it up pretty well.

Either way, this "(Not So) Young Guns" Caps team is going to start the 2012-2013 season with their fourth coach in six years. Assuming the new coach has a new system (hopefully designed to play off the team's strengths) it will be, what, the fifth system this core has learned? I hope they pick the right guy (and the right system) for this specific lineup this time around.

But yeah, who is even out there that anybody would want?

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