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The Imploding Capitals

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Different teams melt down in different ways. Columbus, long a lonely outpost in the National Hockey League, simply dug its way into an obscurity so deep that the only way out has been to put its finest shovels on the auction block. Montreal has descended into an operatic wreck, in one and sometimes two languages. Tampa Bay has practically vanished into the Florida air, Steven Stamkos notwithstanding.

And then there is Washington, which is imploding like modern American governance, filled with rancor and idiocy and sulking. The Capitals were the best team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference last season; the year before that they won the President’s Trophy with the best record in the league; the year before that they came within a game of toppling the eventual Stanley Cup champions from Pittsburgh.

And today the Capitals are imploding like an old Vegas casino. Their best player is concussed, and more, their best player is not Alexander Ovechkin, who is also struggling with a lower-body injury. The coach they hired out of junior to replace the coach they fired has benched players for their plus-minus, or for taking penalties, and gotten the goaltender’s agent to fire back at him over criticism of the goalie. Oh, and the coach they fired has his Anaheim Ducks on a fine little 15-3-4 run. Not bad.


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pensfan29's avatar

This collapse was long overdue. Predicted by many years ago. Its like a bad car wreck.

Posted by pensfan29 on 02/24/12 at 01:23 AM ET

SYF's avatar

And today the Capitals are imploding like an old Vegas casino.

Hey!  At least, the old Vegas casinos had character, which is something totally and severely lacking in the Caps’ dressing room.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 02/24/12 at 01:40 AM ET

Primis's avatar

That first quoted paragraph is a beauty.

Is anyone surprised that Hunter’s tenure has been a disaster though?  Guy is simply not a good coach, period.  Nor is he the kind of guy the Caps need.

I will say this though:  the Caps have been a poorly-built teams for 2 or 3 years (part of which is also the GM’s fault)/  This is a team that, for some reason, felt the need to continue to pay all 3 of Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Semin while their defense is still quite bad, instead of cutting one loose (Semin) and using that money on defense.  And their “huge” offseason acquisition of Vokoun on the cheap has been an unmitigated disaster—not only is he not the answer, he isn’t a bargain anymore and it’s clear just why no other teams were interested in having him start.

The Caps need a new GM, that new GM needs to hire a new coach with a plan, and then they need to sort out their roster mess together.

Posted by Primis on 02/24/12 at 10:04 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

AS I have said for a few seasons they are the most dysfunctional team from top to bottom in the NHL Owner Blogs about the teams play & is woefully inept at it, GM is a clueless fool Look at the Joel Ward Contract, Trading Steckel for a washed up Arnott, Trading for Wideman who is basically Mike Green lite & OV & Semin are just dreadful leaders, BB tried to reign them in & it cost him his job & they hired a OHL coach

Posted by Evilpens on 02/24/12 at 11:11 AM ET

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