Category Archives: Dale Hunter

An Evolution, and Event, To Savor

Of the NHL’s 30 member clubs merely five remain alive in the quest for Stanley, and one of them is ours. That’s a remarkable and wonderful thing, relative to the Capitals’ standing of just two months ago, but better still … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Dale Hunter, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Nicklas Backstrom, Washington the hockey town | 9 Comments

Striving Still for Serial Killer Status

This morning I am thinking a great deal about the New Jersey Devils, a great deal about the Detroit Red Wings, and a great deal about Matt Bradley. Winners win, and losers lose, and they do so in our sport … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Dale Hunter, Dave Steckel, George McPhee, Matt Bradley, Morning cup-a-joe, New Jersey Devils, NHL playoffs, The curse of Washington hockey | 5 Comments

The Evolution of Dale Hunter, and Why His Maligned Calmness Is Actually a Key to Caps’ Success

Sometimes, the success of an NHL team is just as much about the reinvention of the coach as it is the system or the players themselves.  That’s something of the case for the Capitals’ Dale Hunter. Away from the NHL … Continue reading

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Here’s Hoping

Mostly, I hope the Legend who selflessly and at no small personal sacrifice answered George McPhee’s plea back in autumn leaves the Chinatown rink this evening savoring unique triumph, as the bench leader of the crest for which he too … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, John Walton, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Washington the would-be sports town | 5 Comments

Bleeding Through Roster Band-Aids

A season fraught with promise and peril delivered both in game 3 Monday night, but in the end, Washington’s roster, still not yet assembled for durable playoff prosperity, succumbed to one proven to be. Most worrisome in this moment: the … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dale Hunter, Dmitri Orlov, George McPhee, Jeff Schultz, Jim Johnson, Joel Ward, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

Paroled by Playoff Puck

For me, Saturday afternoon and evening finally delivered long elusive fun at being a hockey fan in Washington, at the very end of the regular season. For me, fun with hockey is when the present and near future offer promise. … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Boston Bruins, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, Florida Panthers, George McPhee, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, Much-needed realignment, playoff hockey, Semyon Varlamov, Southeast Division, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

A Peek Inside What Caps Players See in Hunter

People can dissect the Dale Hunter plus/minus comment regarding Mike Knuble to their heart’s content; the odd call up (twice) of Joel Rechlicz; and the equally odd call up of Braden Holtby; it’s all fair game for analysis (and when you figure out a logical answer, please give me a call). But the other side of the coin is to figure out if the guys feel they’re growing under Hunter’s tutelage.

Caps Casino Night isn’t really the venue for asking serious hockey questions, but Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Jay Beagle and Mike Green were accommodating nonetheless. Alzner also had some interesting insight into what Hunter’s locker room directives are like between periods in-game (since HBO 24/7 isn’t there to show us). The guys’ comments don’t answer a lot of the aforementioned questions, but they provide an interesting angle to consider in the current state of the Capitals. Continue reading

Posted in Dale Hunter, Jay Beagle, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Mike Green, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments