Adam Oates had a pretty great day Tuesday being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and getting his first head coaching job with the Washington Capitals. What is he going to have to do to keep that job?
Ken Campbell wrote an interesting yet laughable article for The Hockey News about Washington Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin's 'evolving superstar status' in which he compares Ovie to Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman.
Here is an excerpt from Campbell's article:
When Steve Yzerman reached the crossroad of his career, he had the option of going one of two ways. He could either continue as a one-way offensive dynamo or he could reinvent himself as a two-way player.
Had he taken the first option, there’s a good chance Yzerman would have never won a single Stanley Cup. Either he would have been dealt from the Detroit Red Wings or he wouldn’t have been able to provide them with the type of play they needed for him to lead them to three championships. Because he chose the latter, not only was he an integral part of three championship teams, but he also cemented his Hall of Fame credentials and his status as one of the greatest leaders and players of all-time.
What a brutal week for the Detroit Red Wings. They went 0-4-1, getting one point out of a possible ten and losing every game on their West coast road trip. The injuries are piling up and the Wings are in free fall to 5th place in the West. here's some of the stories that caught our attention and most are not happy ones.
Rachel Bellono recaps last night's 5-3 loss to Washington
Darren Helm is out 4-6 weeks, reports A.K Bennett
Kyle Busch recaps the CCHA championship at the Joe Louis Arena, and insists injuries are not an excuse for the Red Wings
Havlat returns, and Eric Huffman explains his two goals in an OT loss to San Jose
Spitfires Owners, Hockey Canada representatives and Tecumseh and Windsor Mayors hold Team Canada jersey for the U-17 Championships hosted in Windsor
The Christmas season is around the corner, and that means it’s time for junior hockey! While most people watch the World Junior Championships every year, one tournament that is overlooked is the Under-17 World Championships. This year, they are being hosted by the town of Windsor, Ontario and will have games at the Spitfires home arena the WFCU Center as well as Tecumseh Arena and Lasalle’s Vollmer Complex. The Windsor region has successfully hosted a number of...
The Washington Capitals opening-night 4-3 overtime victory against Southeast Division-rival Carolina in front of the 107th straight Verizon Center sellout Saturday didn’t lack for thrills. From the Caps’ perspective there was plenty to be excited about – a few standout individual efforts and enough mistakes to remind everyone that there is plenty of work ahead. All in all it was a pretty typical opening-night performance, with the team getting an overall grad of a B-minus for the effort. A further breakdown follows:
It’s been an interesting off-season, to say the least, for the Washington Capitals.
Gone are longtime Caps Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr. Enigmatic, yet talented, netminder Semyon Varlamov also departed along with last year’s stretch-run veteran additions Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm.
The replacements? Former Caps captain Jeff Halpern, past Stanley Cup winner Troy Brouwer, Nashville playoff hero Joel Ward, elite goaltender Tomas Voukoun and 19-year steady blueline veteran Roman Hamrlik.
The net result? A team that has added size, speed, skill and grit; a club that can roll out a top-six defensive unit that matches up with any in ...
Someone, not sure who, wrote in this space yesterday that the Washington Capitals would most likely sit back and let the Free Agent Frenzy play out, waiting for the day’s losers to approach them with ridiculous trade offers they couldn’t refuse. Okay, maybe that scenario didn’t quite pan out.
Instead, while the Caps’ venture into the free agent wilderness could not be considered as much of a frenzied approach as some teams (ahem, Buffalo and Florida), Washington turned out to be one of the more active teams. And by all accounts, General Manager George McPhee did a great job filling holes and continuing to mold his club into a tougher and m...
A wise man who happened to be a former boss of mine and a baseball hall of famer once provided me with a nugget of business and life advice that has served me well over the years (although I’m not always successful with the execution; kind of like the Capitals’ and their defensive system): Try to take the emotion out of everything you do.
At least attempting to follow that advice over the years has served me pretty well. I’m an extremely competitive person, so I’ve learned that when I’m embroiled in emotionally charged situations, a period of cooling off and analysis usually serves me well instead of a knee-jerk response. Over the ye...