Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/09/13 at 09:48 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I see where Chuck Fletcher has given Minnesota coach Mike Yeo an early season vote of confidence, which is nice. Except you have to wonder what Wild owner Craig Leopold is thinking of his hockey team after spending all that money and getting less than ordinary results.
- George McPhee is shoveling it pretty well these days, attributing the terrible start of his Washington Capitals to bad penalties and weak goaltending. But he knows better than that.
The GM on the hot seat has to know his team lacks structure on the ice, gives the puck away way too often in bad places, runs around in its own end without a sense of defensive-zone coverage, and frankly, looks like there is some kind of disconnect between first year coach Adam Oates and his players.
McPhee has been careful not to question Oates in public but it’s clear the Caps are in need of a way to play to succeed. They found it in last year’s playoffs with Dale Hunter.
The freeing up of the players, under Oates, has been something of a disaster to date.
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