The ambitious Washington Capitals are threatening to miss the playoffs and another coaching change appears inevitable.Dale Hunter has not had the desired impact since replacing Bruce Boudreau. He has come down hard on certain veterans (Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik in particular) without getting the desired results.
Hamrlik appears doomed to spend the rest of the season as a healthy scratch. “Every coach is different,” Hamrlik told CSNWashington.com. “I don’t know. I don’t want to say too much.”Hunter's hiring was regarded as something of an experiment, since Hunter left the door open to return to the junior hockey team he owns and operates. That appears to be the likely outcome, give his team’s recent plays.Fans attending Capitals tried to needle Hunter with sign messages – “Free Knuble” and “Scratch Hunter” -- but ushers intervened.Here are some other notes on Washington’s failure.
Hunter yanked goaltender Tomas Vokoun from two games and then benched him in favor of Michal Neuvirt