Boudreau Out, Hunter In For Capitals

If the Capitals screw up now, perhaps their new coach will slash them, spear them or check them head first into the boards. Dale Hunter was a fiery competitor during his playing days for the Caps. He was a more vicious and less skilled version of Mark Messier. He became notorious for reprehensible acts committed on behalf of his teammates. Given his penchant for delivering cheap...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Ovechkin Got Boudreau Fired, So Now What?

OK, Alex Ovechkin, it's your move. Your sluggish play got coach Bruce Boudreau fired. The mean coach with the profane vocabulary is gone. So now it is time to put up numbers and lead your team out of its morass. The Versus pundits noted this Monday night, noting that Boudreau’s recent struggles in D.C. boiled down his inability to spark Ovechkin. From his analysts chair, oft...
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November 29, 2011  |  1 Comment

Coaching Changes Don't Inspire Caps, Canes

Sometimes a coaching change will jar a team to the Next Level of play, as we saw when Ken Hitchcock took the helm of the Blues.And sometimes change doesn’t help a bit. We saw this in Carolina, where newcomer Kirk Muller lost his first three games as coach. We saw this in Washington, too, where the Capitals lost three of their first four games under Dale Hunter. There is no magic...
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December 05, 2011  |  Discuss

Neuvirth Bidding For No. 1 Role In D.C.?

Veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun seemed like a good free-agent bet for the Capitals. His history of posting high save percentages on bad teams made him an attractive buy that is at its best playing skate-and-shoot hockey.Vokoun was eager to reestablish his market value after settling for Washington’s low-ball bid. That high motivation made him seem like the perfect get.But Vokoun...
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Knuble Battling For Bigger Offensive Role in D.C.

Capitals coach Dale Hunter doesn’t like to roll four lines start to finish. He leans heavily on his scoring lines.When a player like veteran winger Mike Knuble fails to crack the top nine, he doesn’t have a whole lot to do.“You can handle it a bunch of different ways,” Knuble told CSNWashington.com. “You can pout and be miserable about it. You can get angry about it. It can not affect...
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January 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Mike Knuble Is MIA For Washington Capitals

Teams seeking a supplemental scorer should call Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee ASAP.Winger Mike Knuble, 39, was a healthy scratch for consecutive games this week for the Capitals. “It’s very humbling,” Knuble told the Washington Post. “It takes you back to when you were a young player trying to find your way. You definitely don’t like it; you hate it as a player...
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February 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Dale Hunter Throws His Goaltender Under Bus

So who is to blame for the recent struggles of the Washington Capitals?Coach Dale Hunter placed it squarely on goaltender Tomas Vokoun after the team’s 5-2 loss at Ottawa. For the second game in a row, Hunter yanked Vokoun and replaced him with Michael Neuvirth.“They jumped on us. Tomas would like a few of them back,” Hunter told reporters. “He wasn’t as sharp as he should have been...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals teetering on brink of disaster?

At various points this season, Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter has buried veteran players.He made winger Mike Knuble a regular habitant of the press box. Roman Hamrlik and John Erskine sat out as the NHL trade deadline neared, but GM George McPhee didn’t move them.So still they sit, wearing street clothes while watching their team play.Hunter benched goaltender Tomas Vokoun...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Are the Capitals trying to get Dale Hunter fired?

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...
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March 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Plenty of NHL coaches are on the hot seat

Some NHL teams are getting ready to start the playoffs. Others are getting ready to fire their coaches.And some general managers will see how their teams fare in postseason play before making any decision on their bench leaders.This has been a tumultuous year for NHL coaches and more change may be in order. Here are some of the coaches we’re wondering about:Randy Cunneyworth, Canadiens...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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