"meet the new boss, same as the old boss." -The Who....the hell cares because we still suck
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/was/photos?pg=1&cap=1A couple more here^
The sacrificial lamb known as Hanlon is indeed gone.Too bad he wasn't the problem, as I commented here on his future firing weeks ago.How about GM gets the hook instead for signing Team B-list in the off-season? That's more like it.
speaking of GMs and team management, i wonder how our scouting crew ranks among the league?we have a slew of good pics this year, so i hope they use them wisely.
Wes, I think McPhee "gets off the hook" because he filled all the glaring holes with decent players despite not having as much money or as much desirability (for FAs to come to Washington). I don't think it would be fair to assume McPhee wouldn't want Rafalski, Gomez, Breire, Drury, etc if he could get them. But those guys could have gone anywhere and gotten paid anywhere and I don't think any other GM would have been able to convince them to come to D.C.
Let's all give Boudreau a fair chance. This is a man who has won everywhere he has spent any significant amount of time, both as a player and as a coach. He's not Hanlon, not by a long shot. He's vocal, no-nonsense, and will gladly push players when players need pushing. The players are going to lament Hanlon's loss because he was a player's coach, but a player's coach is not what this team needs. They need a ball-buster who will drive them hard, but encourage and inspire them to perform up to their abilities at the same time. By all accounts, Boudreau fits that bill. Let's put the Official Washington Capitals Organizational Lynch Mob on hold for a few games to see how he handles himself in the big leagues. Remember: every great NHL coach ever had to start somewhere.
Okay, more bad news. Vogs is reporting that Semin left the ice early due to the same ankle problem.
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