So, is that the new rewriting of history we're going with, then? Boudreau was lily white and were he able to coach the way he wanted to coach, all would be roses? It was really all on the evil McPhee, who forced Boudreau to coach the Wrong Way, and it was what led to the poor season start all along?
I don't know. That could be the way of it. I don't pretend to have the answer. It just seems a little absolute to me, neat and tidy, wrapped in a red bow. I imagine it's probably messier than that.
To me this is about Boudreau not doing a good job coaching a style he didn't believe in. There is nothing 'wrong' in and of itself in the style Boudreau had been coaching them in since the losing streak last season or the way Hunter is coaching them now.
But while I think some coaches can coach any style well I think others can only coach a style of play they truly believe in and I think Boudreau falls in that category. And that is on him because if he doesn't believe in it then it isn't going to be too hard IMO for the players to see that and not really believe in it themselves.
I just wish when the ship was going down that Boudreau had decided that if he was going down he was going down playing the way he wanted to play and not the way someone else wanted him to play. I would have liked to see this team try to play the style it was built to play again and see how that went. That's all...
that shelf life often depends the team hierarchy. in buffalo and nashville their programs are built around a program anchored by a coach and a playing philosophy.
Exceptions to the rule but certainly. Is it that the front office/owner are incapable of establishing organizational stability? That could very well be but Boudreau isn't one to be a no-nonsense type ala Trotz/Ruff either. That makes it harder to have such staying power once the honeymoon is long over. I would respect him more if he had blown up on the players more (and more publicly) before he went down. I don't think he picked his spots well enough in that regard.
Varly working the shutout. Hope he gets his shutout. A shutout would be nice.
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.