from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, • Is George McPhee ready to shake up his roster? Couple other teams say the Capitals are a club to watch.
• Big win Monday night for Bruce Boudreau. Wonder though, if, with 20-20 hindsight, Boudreau would re-think his decision to return so quickly. Anaheim’s a much bigger rebuild job than any of us realized. You can see the frustration on the players’ faces, too.
• Had a really interesting conversation with a player last week. He was saying his (struggling) team needed an identity. Then, he went on to list some teams that did have one. “You know that Boston is going to pound you and make you pay physically. You know that Chicago is going to dare you to try and skate with them. You know that Vancouver is going to try to get you to take penalties and make you pay on the penalty kill. And you know that Detroit is going to turn the other cheek while winning all of the one-on-one battles.” Then, he added, “We need to be more like the Red Wings.”