19 April, 2014

Category Archives: Bruce Boudreau

A Crisis of Mismanagement

If you are shocked and dismayed by where we are with hockey in Washington these days, you weren’t reading here last July. The Unexpected Rebuild, I called it. The Washington Capitals today on the ice are receiving their just due: they aren’t merely what their record says they are, they are what the composition of […]

The Tree of ’98 Bears More Leadership Fruit: Adam Oates Now Coaches the Caps

Outside of his winning the Stanley Cup, it’s difficult to fathom a figure in hockey ever enjoying a day a rival to Adam Oates’ yesterday. The “lesser” of his feats Tuesday was earning his first-ever head coaching job, for the team he once captained, in Washington. That word arrived around mid-day yesterday, and a couple […]

Appreciated Callout

Scored us some love from WaPost today, and we send it right back. From Tarik to Steinz to Boz and all the paper’s photogs, there was rich and deeply reflective coverage of this historic week for hockey here by the big paper. Be a good idea for us to chronicle, too, the best of this […]

Failure’s Blame Stretches Far and Wide

Some random observations and notes-sharing from a remarkable last 72 hours: There’s standup, and then there’s what Gabby offered the Washington Post’s Tarik El Bashir Wednesday morning — actually agreeing with Capitals management that it was time for a change behind the bench. He actually told General Manager George McPhee, “You’re doing what you have […]

A Grand Experiment Begins

Early Monday afternoon out at Kettler I approached a Capitals official while awaiting Dale Hunter’s first press conference as Capitals head coach, and thanked him for “the early Christmas present.” The team rep, smiling, replied, “We couldn’t stop [the gift giving] with just [John] Walton for you!” It was for me a special moment of […]

Tallying the Warning Signs, It’s Time

This morning, we could look back on November 1 and Ovi’s outburst and deem it a moment of contempt . . . a mutinous moment, in fact.

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 […]

Capitals’ Focus Must Shift To Winning Individual Battles

Mike Knuble described his team as ‘outclassed’ in the third period after their 5-2 defeat by Dallas Tuesday. Bruce Boudreau, in his post-game press conference, talked about how the team lost a lot of battles in the third—which they entered tied at 2. In fact, the team lost those battles for the pucks throughout the […]

Questions for a Hockey Club at a Crossroads

Yes, there are important, impact veteran additions to the Capitals roster for 2011-12, and yes the club likely will be backstopped by the finest talent they’ve had in net since Olie Kolzig more than 10 years ago. Yes, the Capitals again will boast as much high-end skill as any club in the NHL. Yes, returning […]

The Case for Jay Beagle

The headline for the Caps’ preseason shootout win Friday against the Buffalo Sabres rightfully belonged to Nicklas Backstrom, who found the net for the first time in an NHL game since March 22 (h/t to David Nichols for the stat) and ended up with two goals.  But a game like Friday’s is also the perfect […]