A brand new Dan Rosen file for NHL.com examines seven NHL general managers worth watching in the weeks and months ahead, and it caught my attention most particularly for its diagnosis of the Capitals’ ongoing vulnerabilities.
I swear I haven’t exchanged private Tweets or email with Rosen, who wrote this:
“The Capitals were clearly a flawed team last season, even though they won the Presidents’ Trophy. They lacked a defensive stopper who could shut down Michael Cammalleri in their first-round loss to Montreal, when they blew a 3-1 series lead. Alexander Semin, who has enough talent to be one of the League’s best players, was basically invisible for the entire series. Tomas Fleischmann, a 23-goal scorer, was scratched. Norris Trophy candidate Mike Green had a second straight forgettable postseason . . . Making life just a little bit tougher for the Caps is the increased talent throughout the Southeast Division. They’re still the heavy favorites, but winning the division for the fourth season in a row might not be as easy as it was in 2009-10.”
“McPhee has the pulse of this club — and even though no one is saying it, he has to be thinking that he could pay a big price if the Caps experience another playoff disaster. Expect him to go to work on this roster in preparation for the big show in the spring.”
Couldn’t agree more, and I hope Rosen’s right that our GM’s roster work isn’t done.