I think Boudreau got the short end of the stick, but I'm really curious to see what Dale Hunter can do behind an NHL bench (although I'm not happy about the Knights losing him), and especially Kirk Muller in Carolina (still not happy about the Habs losing him either lol).
I agree. If you look at the Eastern standings even this early into the season, the East is as tight as it's ever been in really long time. I don't think this will necessary backfire for Caps, but I don't think it's really going to act as any type of quick fix. However, I think it was probably time for a change in Carolina. Maurice just wasn't getting the job done and when rumors are popping up about the possibility of your franchise player getting traded, something's gotta give.
Carolina's change seemed like a change just because one was necessary. Not sure how much of a difference Muller will make this year, so I'm hoping that's more of a long-term move.
You can't be happy to first see Boucher go and now Muller. The Habs are doing a really good job of developing coaches. Problem...for other teams. I'd be interested to get your take on seeing two of the best young coaches in the game slip right out from under you guys in Montreal.
How a team can go over a $65 million cap is beyond me. Semin is obviously halfway out the door now.
Great strategy by to eliminate Colorado as competition for #Vokoun by trading the rights to RFA #Varlamov for 1st & 2nd round draft choices. McPhee then signs Vokoun the next day for not much more than backup goaltenders were paid on opening day of NHL Free Agengy. This gives the #Capitals a proven goalie, which is something they've been missing.
I have no idea how McPhee did this but it was utter genius. Experienced goaltender at a cheap price + a 1st + a 2nd for a goalie that was leaving for Russia. Wow
Isn't Colorado's GM fairly inexperienced? Regardless - he was just schooled by McPhee.
Not really! McPhee will be screwed in the long run! Bringing Vokoun into a team that has already to starting caliber young goalies... talk about crushing confidence. Vokoun will be around for a couple of seasons, after that, Washington will have nothing after doing this to their goaltenders.
I'm fine with it, because honestly the Avs are a playoff team and the draft pick will be in the 20's. everyone is over valuing the first.
Vokoun signed a one year deal to solidify an inexperienced troupe of goaltenders in a year they need to win a cup. I don't see how that crushes confidence, Holtby and Neuvirth know their place and they knew all along it would be a shared responsibility. I doubt Holtby or Neuvirth are losing sleep over competing for a job with an All-Star goalie, this only helps Washington. No offense Russ but a week ago you were talking about Vokoun going to Colorado as a certainty, now it's okay... pretty obvious McPhee pulled a fast one on you guys