IDK, but it seems to me the real fans shouldn't throw any player (or a coach) they don't like under the bus anytime the team goes thru a hiccup in 82 game season. Sounds too much like Montreal or Vancouver.
That's true, but equally should the reset button be hit at the start of every season? Look at Knuble's comments: this is the same **** that's been happening for years. In a sense I'm not even sure it's on Bruce - these guys get paid millions of dollars to play, they shouldn't need an external force to keep them basically competent.
I try to stay away from these threads after a bad showing, I think a lot of fans have that bad taste in their mouths from last season. I don't hate BB, but fresh blood may be what's needed, or it may not matter, then what? Who goes to the chopping block? Question, who would we replace BB with?
bmcnally14: Mike Knuble just used the words clowns and losers after this one to describe his team's play. Get you context soon. He was pissed. #Caps.
bmcnally14: Mike Knuble: "We look great when we're all committed. We all look like a bunch of clowns when we donít." #caps
Gotta love it. Knuble being blunt and laying it out there.
George McPhee....The Teflon GM. 15 years of failure and counting....
6 - Number of playoff series the Capitals have won since George McPhee took over as General Manager in 1997 (which makes him the third-longest-tenured GM in the League), three of which came in McPhee's first season on the job.
Just wanted to genuinely thank some of you guys for the entertainment.
I always enjoy reading GDT's when a team with a great record has a poor showing.
Many fans, regardless of their city, are the same. They could have the '76 Habs, and all you'd hear would be "Jeez, has Lafleur hit the net once this game?", "Let's trade Nyrop for a pylon", "Bowman's line-matching is a jokeĒ, and "This team will never succeed until they stop (insert pet-peeve) ".
(Not a dig towards the hundreds of reasonable fans who surely inhabit this forum and all others, of course. But you guys don't entertain us lurkers.)
Whered the BB fan club go? Im here when Bruce racks up meaningless wins.
i think you will notice that ive been taking the GDT's off this season for the most part. Win or lose its always the same thing anyway. You wouldnt be saying that the losses are meaningless as well as the wins...are you?
There's really honestly no point in talking about the Capitals on a game by game basis anymore.
played flat, executed badly, goalie didnt steal the game, chalk up an L and move on. disappointing but its 1 of 82. its hilarious how much overreaction there is around here, both ways although mostly after the losses. sucks that theyre so much worse without green but it is what it is. hes a great player and they need him back. same for every other team with a D man who does so much for them. if they go in funks and dont look like a championship team with him, it'll be time for a move or another disappointing summer. but lets wait and see. last i checked they were undefeated with him and looking pretty good.
in other news, the avs lost again and varly got bombed again. now a sparkling 2.85 GAA and .906 sv%. remember when there was fretting that theyd be any good? my lord, more classic overreaction to a tiny sample size. consider that if calgary, st. louis and anaheim each win their next game, the avs are 14th in their conference.
Neuvy and Tvo may be trending downwards of late themselves.
If we are as dependent on Mike Green as our stats probably reflect in his absence, or when he is skating wounded (think Pitt), Bruce and George need to remedy that. Wideman was a solid move, but also grooming Carlson for a more offensive role with Green in the lineup, needs to happen. Why wait to groom him only when Green is out. Bruce had him grinding his teeth defensively last year and that was fine, but there is offensive upside in his game and we have all seen it plain as day. Last year, Wideman went down, Green was out, yet Carlson was mostly in a defensive shutdown role almost the entire year; 37 points say a lot to me.
I dont mind him with Alzner, but dont make them a shutdown pair from start to finish, ignoring a D only guy like Sarge, and ignoring what Carlson can do with the puck. I wonder if Green and the team could benefit with him in a shutdown role more this year, and let Wideman and Carlson drive the Ferrari to prepare for injuries.
Not exactly, but I don't have the doom and gloom mentality yet. I like what Bruce is doing. Does it work immediately? No. This isn't a switch Bruce can flip. He's gotta hold them accountable and show them its not just for show. It's for real. I don't think anyone expects the team to flip the switch. This takes time; takes leaders in the lockeroom. Ovie isn't that leader, and thats the problem. I don't blame Bruce at this point. He's doing the right things, accountability wise, so far. Todays practice better have some of them puking. The players need to grow the F up and be professionals. Maybe Bruce can't get them there, but so far he's showing he sees the problem and is attempting to push them to grow up.
The argument that Boudreau is a good coach based on Hanlon's failure with the '07-'08 team without any regard whatsoever for context continues to be one of the most amusing things ever. Some people really are that stupid I guess.
RH, I think that the team's play with Green out says more about Green than about Wideman or Carlson being able to pick up his production when he is out. Green is unique and special at what he does offensively from his own zone out and John Carlson is not going to replace that. Neither is Wideman. Those two augment what Green does and were gone unavialable they are better players than what most teams have, but swapping roles isn't going to make any of the players better
First off, let me just say I've followed the team and haven't missed a game for the last 5 years, and though I live in Van I'm proud to call myself a Washington fan through the losses and wins. This is just one loss, and has to be treated as such. But this season I've really noticed a glaring weakness, and it's not with Ovi or anyone at forward, I think we have the deepest and most dynamic group of offense in the league. We have so much potential if everybody puts it together on the same night, but potential is a dangerous thing and honestly something needs to be done to correct our mistakes while our potential and youth is still in place!
The transition game which is mostly the coach's duty to construct I think is a weakness of the Caps. When Green is in the lineup it is hidden by sheer skill, but the problem is still there. It doesn't matter how good our forwards are, if the defense cannot consistently relay them the puck to create scoring chances it's going to cost the team losses. The puck moving skill on the back end is all there with Green, Carlson, Wideman, even Alzner. The problem is the system, plain and simple, and it's the coaches job to prepare the system and ensure it's being executed. I really don't see BB going out and making changes to address the root of the problem which is the breakout system, all he does is bench our stars or rip the guys in the locker room. Take a look at this video, it's of Vancouver (my other fav team who I watch every day) and the Sedins breaking out. The Sedins are not the best skaters, they don't have great speed, yet they consistently find themselves in odd man rush chances. Look at the D, Edler is an elite puck moving D-man, but after that it's Hamhuis and Bieksa who are far from great. The reason the Sedins and the rest of our forwards get free like that all season long is because we practice those drills every practice, our coach has a system in place, our guys know who will be distributing the puck, where to look, and who it's going to. Here's a perfect example of a simple breakout, cross ice, to free up space and give our team a goal.
Just my thought anyways, hope he corrects it before the playoffs cause that's all that matters.
Good stuff Evo. One would think our breakout would evolve over time, but it still just seems so inconsistent to me. What is our go to breakout play? Ovi cherry picking at the far blue?
We hardly had any odd man rushes last season. I have seen a few this year, so maybe we have a better plan in place now. But watching Detroit and other tops teams over the years, it becomes apparent our breakout is behind the elite teams. We still score our fair share of goals, but goals can be scored on individual skill alone.
On one hand...ok, it's one game out of 82...everyone even the best teams have games where they totally play like crap. They happen. Dallas is also very good this year. You write it off and move on.
On the other hand....ok, it's the same kind of lazy, disinterested, sloppy play we've seen time and time again. Defensive breakdowns. The type of thing this team gets burned in the media.
Bottom line, they deserve criticism. Yeah it's one game but after the last two playoff endings, this team has lost whatever leeway or slack they would normally get. They need to produce. I'm not saying go 78-4, but they need to play better. Even some of their wins have been sloppy.
And WTF is up with Green? Either he's about ready to play (being taken on the Edmonton trip) or he's not close. Is this guy made of glass or what? His injury list is growing.
Odd man rushes are rarely a result of the breakout, right? A turnover is almost required to create a 2 on 1 or even a 3 on 2. A turnover or a failed defenseman pinch. The Caps most frequent source of 2 on 1's is Marcus Johansson regularly beats pinching D to a puck and chips it by to create the odd man rush.