Yes I agree its not a fact but its good speculation. I think it made perfect sense
Benching a guy and totally torpedoing whatever value he might have doesn't make sense as a prelude to a trade. It's not like a "scratch him for tonight so he doesn't get hurt, the deal's already done" situation.
Aucoin is here getting his feet wet in case MP gets injured. Just like MP was toiling as a 4th line winger all year, waiting for an injury to a scoring C. Just like ramping up Orlov's minutes a few games back, its high time to figure out what we have in terms of depth at C and D. Get Aucoin up here, and let's expose him to what we may need him to do later, see if he can figure out how to trap yet still help generate scoring chances; be ready to pinch hit for an injured MP.
The system Dale is trying isn't new to hockey, its just taking time for the C/W up high to figure out when to join the forecheck, and how to trap when play is coming at them. It's not rocket science stuff. I feel they are erring on the side of caution and staying back, to not get in trouble. I do expect it to take time for the players to adapt but don't know whats reasonable - 3 months perhaps.
Maybe Dale didn't like Knuble talking about the teams lack of shots. The other GM's know his game, it won't change his trade value much.
Why hast Boruque been given a chance? Same old same old with him being too small and such. Or Mafki just hates him for leaving. Whatever.
Man. There isnt much of anything at the AHL level to help. There needs to be a shot of something injected into the NHL roster before its too late.
Among the other more obvious issues related to the Capitals roster, this is one of those other conerns. The cupboard is pretty much bare at Hershey. You have Eakin and that's about it at forwards. No one really at D (Kundratek is not NHL material, at least not right now). I still have faith in Holtby. Caps need to restock the farm via the draft and acquiring prospects. The best way to do this is to move some UFAs. I expect Kuznetsov to come straight to the NHL.
I'm wondering if having an NHL coach who was respected as a force in the game is the reason for Semin's turn around. He's consistently back-checking and even going to the corners from time to time. I bet he tuned Bruce out but is more willing to listen to Hunter.
I'm seeing zero defensive effort in Ovi's game. It's just been brutal this year watching him stand up tall and not pressuring the puck.