Archive for the ‘Washington Capitals’ Category

Review: The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player

THE OVECHKIN PROJECT by Damien Cox and Gare Joyce is supposed to be “A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player.” The book mainly focuses on the 2009-2010 season, perhaps the worst of Ovechkin’s career, featuring a stunning Olympic loss, a stunning Stanley Cup playoff loss, and a disappointing World Ice Hockey Championships loss. The […]

Capitals’ Coach Boudreau Votes for Super Lines With His Super Line

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t scared to put all of his top guys on one line. He liked the way Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin looked against Calgary Saturday, so he’s looking to keep the three together. Most coaches try and break up their best players, just to make matching a little tougher. […]

Devils Might Find Cap Relief Through Injury…Again

Adrian Dater is reporting the Devils might have found a way out of their cap troubles via yesterday’s Bryce Salvador injury. Dater says Salvador off of the Devils cap on the long-term injury might take some of the trade pressure off of the Devils, although even with Salvador off the books, they would still need […]

To Win a Cup, Capitals Must Become the Red Wings East

[picappgallerysingle id="8653547"] For all of the talk about the new NHL, with its speed and its goal-scoring, the reality is that the playoffs are very much the old NHL, with its hooking and its defense and its checking. The Flyers and Bruins made it into the second round of the playoffs playing pre-lockout NHL hockey, […]

Slow Trade Deadline

Yesterday’s trade deadline was one of the quietest I can remember in years. There just weren’t any really big moves. Teams like Pittsburgh and Phoenix made a couple of moves to get better, but none of them were exciting blockbuster trades that make you gasp. My theory is that the Olympics suppressed any huge trades. […]

Big Goalie Night

Last night was kind of interesting. There were 10 games played, with four shutouts. Goalies Steve Mason (CBJ), Ryan Miller (BUF), Ty Conklin (backup; STL), and Nik Backstrom (MIN) each kept the red light off behind them. So is this a sign defense is back in the NHL? Is the NHL reverting to its pre-lockout […]

Caps Miss Ovechkin

The Devils seem to agree with the conventional wisdom that the Caps aren’t the same team without Alex Ovechkin. New Jersey beat the Capitals 3-2 at home, where the Devils have been pretty awful. The Devils had a lot of comments relating to how the Capitals seem bummed about playing without their star. About the […]

Penguins Bourque the Capitals

There were some interesting moves yesterday. The Caps waived Chris Bourque for salary purposes, hoping he would sneak through into the AHL. He didn’t and wound up claimed by the Penguins. Bourque is bummed, yet psyched. Bourque has a lot of upside. He’s looked great in the AHL, and while he’s small, that smallness has […]

Honoring the Fog; Trading Hindsight

This weekend, Tim Panaccio had a great piece on the great Freddy Shero, who for whatever reason, isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Coach Shero was innovative, yet complicated. He was very old school, even for the 1970s, yet he was always ready to embrace a new idea. Panaccio says Shero might not be […]

Track Records

Adrian Dater has an interesting question: do we really know what the big deal is about Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson? I think the big deal is that he’s an unproven free agent, so you have the excitement of a rookie coupled with the track record of a veteran. A young veteran. I’m pretty curious how […]