Happy Monday everybody. Today’s news about the Washington Capitals.
- Maybe P.K. Subban to the Washington Capitals isn’t so far fetched after all. From The Hockey Writers:
So Subban is a good puck possession player, powerplay quarterback, and physical defensemen. It seems like he can do anything and can play any kind of role for any club.
Why would he be a good fit in Washington? The Capitals do not have a defenseman like him who is good at all areas of the game.
I wrote about the topic here. I think that while Subban would be extremely expensive, the cost might be worth it for the Washington Capitals.
- Here’s a good read from District Sports Page about whether or not team captain Alex Ovechkin is a coach killer. From the article:
Determining if Ovechkin is a coach killer therefore is not just a shameless attempt to pull in web traffic, but is actually important for the future of the Caps. If he can’t be coached, then at some point, the team will have to move on from him.
I couldn’t agree more. While I don’t believe that Ovechkin is a coach killer, I think that it is a question that is extremely important to the future of the Washington Capitals, and it is a question that the new front office must answer.
- Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky talked to the press in Sweden about his first season in North America. Note: the article is in Swedish.
- Not everybody is impressed by Brian MacLellan, the Washington Capitals’ new general manager. From Kukla’s Korner:
“the Caps picked MacLellan’s coach in Barry Trotz and announced both hirings at the same time. Trotz is a good coach but it sends the wrong message. A general manager should pick the coach. In this case ownership named the coach. A top flight experienced general manager would not allow this. He would demand his own coach. These moves seem to show that Ted Leonsis is effectively the new GM. Leonsis will make the important moves. MacLellan goes from being George McPhee‘s assistant to Leonsis’s assistant. It is a step up the ladder but he really isn’t in charge.
The proven technique to build a winning hockey team is to hire the best possible general manager and get out of the way and let him run the ship. It might be fun for an owner to make hockey decisions, but he clearly doesn’t have the hockey background of a top general manager. He will not make the same good moves a good general manager will make and he will fail.”
I respectfully disagree because I don’t think there’s a “proven technique” to building a winning hockey team. Every team is different. Each team has its own unique personality and style of play. To imply that there’s a “proven technique” to building a winning team is a disservice to every NHL general manager.
A happy birthday to Brian Tutt.