24 April, 2014

The Toughest Poll of All

It’s a cliche, but it’s also a bedrock reality of professional sports: when a team’s results sour, in prolonged fashion, there are inherent limitations with how a roster can be manipulated to effect change; instead, it’s always the head coach who pays the ultimate price. Today, an awful lot of HockeyWashington is wondering: is it time to try a new direction behind the Capitals’ bench? What do you think?




  1. B wrote:

    Stay. Make a trade and reevaluate in two weeks.

    27 November, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  2. Mack wrote:

    Strip Ovi of his C, so he can just focus on creating havoc….give it to K-nubs. And look for a buyer for Hamrlik and Schultz. Put 8,19 and 28 back together, stop the slide now!

    27 November, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  3. Hockey guy wrote:

    Have to make a change. Team is lost and there is no downside to a change

    27 November, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink
  4. Stealth wrote:

    Right now, I think you need to make player moves over a coaching change… I agree with MACK in that you take the “C” off of Ovechkin and give it to either Knuble or Laich… You sell it by stating you want Ovechkin to get back to focusing on what he does best… Schultz and Hamrlik are definitely expendable, but who would want them? Maybe you could package one of them in a deal for Semin… Something significant needs to happen to shake this team up… If player moves fail, Boudreau is history…

    27 November, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  5. Lisa wrote:

    Are people watching? Are they listening to BB after the games? He has no ida

    27 November, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  6. Charles wrote:

    Firing the coach that has literally been one of the most successful in NHL history is ridiculous…. stop throwing wood on the fire OFB. I thought you guys were above this.

    27 November, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink
  7. Jenny wrote:

    I’m with the others for stripping Ovi of his C. I would make Laich captain. Semin has to go as well. Then we’ll see what happens….

    27 November, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  8. Lisa wrote:

    He has no idea what he is doing. Trade Hamrlik or Schultz? For two bags of pucks? JS is NOT an NHL dman, he got paid off of that +55 season. With everyone healthy, we have JC, KA, DO, DW, MG, RH, with Erskine at seven and Schultz at eight on the depth chart. The team is there we just need a coach to let the horses run.

    27 November, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  9. goonstwone wrote:

    This is a personnel issue. This squad lacks heart. Time to make moves. Changing the coach won’t change this teams lack of heart.

    27 November, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink
  10. sonja wrote:

    Get rid of Schultz and bring back pucksandbooks …

    Take the C off of Ovechkin; give it to Knuble or maybe Laich.

    Did I mention that Schultz should go? Get that pylon off the ice.

    Semin is fine other than being a lightning rod for refs and people who like to be lemmings.

    27 November, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  11. Cathy W wrote:

    Last night was inexcusable. But it wasn’t just last night. It is time for Bruce to go. His post game comments shows that he really does not know what to do and still doesn’t accept that he is part of the problem. It does not matter how successful he has been in the REGULAR season, the team is in almost complete disarray. Somthing is deeply wrong. Time for a new voice before it is too late to right the ship this season.

    27 November, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  12. Steve wrote:

    Bruce has lost the team. In looking at the uninspired effort put forth, not only by the captain, but by pretty much the entire team, does it look like he’s going to get the team back? And even assuming he does, can he keep them? I was in favor of the move last year. Why? Because he cannot command a sustained focus from this group, and a sustained focus is what it is going to take to win the ultimate prize.

    From a players perspective, I can understand the confusion leading to discontent. Laich has played how may different positions? On how many lines/pairings? Semin has been bounced around. Ovechkin hasn’t had a stable set of linemates. What about Knuble? What was probably the best checking line in all of hockey (25-21-42) was broken up. What was probably one of the top-5 defense pairings in all the NHL was broken up. Players are moved to and fro, and then the coach clamors that the team has no consistentcy. Bruce could have – and should have, stood behind Semin last night after that BS diving call, but pretty much opts to bench him instead. He’s lost the team. Changing captains – all well and good, and probably should be done – in conjunction with getting a new coach, not as a alternative solution.

    Bruce has forgotten more hockey than I’ll ever know. I understand that. But unless you’ve got a way to change out 25-50% of the players, it is the coach that needs to be changed.

    27 November, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  13. HBH WC wrote:

    Keep the coach and let the horses run just like they did when he first got there. These guys are Thoroughbreds not Clydesdale’s. Remember Hanlon hockey?? Their play is more reminiscent of that type of hockey then when coach Bruce initially stepped in. How is it the coaches fault when the team gets within a goal and a couple seconds later your goalie lets in a real stinker. Now it’s up to the captain to keep the troops fired up. I believe that should/could be Laich. I do agree with personal changes previously mentioned. Take the “C” from Ovi, give it to Brooks and do something about 2 of the slowest D-men in all of the NHL.

    But what do I know? I have a 40 hour a week job.

    27 November, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  14. morgan wrote:

    Another thing that management should do is crack down on the extra cirricular activities–more attention to partying in Georgetown thank performing on the ice–whether under BB or a new coach.

    27 November, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink
  15. xke4me wrote:

    The best hockey I saw all weekend was my son’s junior team. These kids still love the game, still work their hearts out. That’s what the Caps don’t have – a hunger for the game. Only a few have that. That’s what I want to see – guys who really care, and work hard every shift, every game. Not stars collecting big paychecks they haven’t earned.

    27 November, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink
  16. Josh wrote:

    He should go, with the caveat that there are more changes besides the head coach position. A hockey team is the sum of its parts; players on the ice, coaches (plural) on the bench, and a front office, with a GM at the top. Dumping the coach as your only move is like bailing water out of a boat missing an engine. Sure, you’re no longer sinking, but you’re still adrift. Core changes are needed, in multiple places. The head coach is just a popular focal point, but at the end, just a facet of a larger problem. Doing nothing is not an option. But if the plan is simply a new head coach, they’d be better off doing nothing all together, sending the captain down with the ship.

    27 November, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  17. OvieTracker wrote:

    In his postgame presser it was painfully obvious Boudreau has no idea how to get this team out of its funk. What does that say about his coaching and the players listening to him?

    To be fair though, it isn’t just Boudreau who’s lost in space. Some of the players are equally guilty by not playing with 100% effort, not seeming to give a damn whether they win or lose. This attitude is unacceptable.

    If Boudreau goes, then there also has to be an even bigger and louder message to the players that no one is exempt from responsibility for this disaster in the making. Heads should roll; leaders who aren’t leading need to be replaced as well. It’s way past the time to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. Because from my perspective, the Caps are little more than a collection of dead men walking.

    27 November, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
  18. TG wrote:

    Stay. He’s been successful, and listening to the comments from the players, it appears that he hasn’t lost the room. And if he does go, who do you want them to bring in?

    Yes, it’s the coach’s responsibility to get the team to play hard/well, but he can only do so much. Eventually, it’s on the players. And does everyone really think that the players are saying, “Hey, let’s not give it our all tonight and we’ll show the coach what we think.”? Unless the coach’s name was “Keenan”, I don’t think that happened very often.

    And is this just an overreaction from the Washington contingent? Were they calling for Babcock’s head when the Red Wings were slumping? Didn’t everyone just spend the entire year plus stating that what happens during the regular season doesn’t matter, it’s what happens in the playoffs that counts? So why, then, is everyone up in arms about what’s going on during a 10-15 game stretch?

    If the team is still having troubles at the All Star break, THEN you start having these discussions about the coach. Until then, it’s just a bunch of worthless conjecture.

    27 November, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink
  19. penguin pete wrote:

    dale. dale. dale. dale. dale.

    just wishing…

    27 November, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Permalink
  20. The rumour mill will make you happy, Pete.

    28 November, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink
  21. penguin pete wrote:

    and christmas comes early…but how am i supposed to hate the caps now?

    28 November, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  22. The OFB Team wrote:

    We can forgive your past transgressions. There’s room on the bandwagon. ;-)

    28 November, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink