Category Archives: Front Office

An Agent of Change Leaving All Too Soon

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Posted in Dale Hunter, Front Office, New media, Twitter | 3 Comments

Pride, Regret, and Questions

If we are of mixed emotions about the end of this hockey season — proud and uplifted by a Capitals team of unlikely cohesion and stunning sacrifice, but also exasperated by the frustration of banishment earlier than forecast, again — … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Front Office, George McPhee, Hockey hearts, Joel Ward, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington the cursed hockey town | 26 Comments

By and Large, by Design, a Training Camp of Tranquility

The best part of the Capitals’ preseason has arrived — its conclusion. They survived a slate of seven exhibition games largely unscathed; no front-line performers ought to be missing from Saturday’s opening night here against Carolina. For a team not … Continue reading

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Q&A: Capitals Book Author Ted Starkey, Looking Back and Looking Ahead

We carried off a little Q&A with Transition Game author Ted Starkey recently. Ted’s first book, self-published, comes out this autumn, and he has a contract for a second book, Red Rising, with ECW Press out of Toronto. Folks can … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Front Office, Hockey books, New media, Ted Starkey, Transition Game, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 2 Comments

Renewed Questions of Leadership

Deep into Tuesday night, a prominent member of Washington’s hockey media, referencing the Boston Bruins’ effort in game 2 of the Eastern conference finals, emailed me this reflection: “This is what a desperate team is supposed to look like down … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Eastern Conference, Ed Frankovic, Front Office, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, hockey blogging, Morning cup-a-joe, New media, NHL playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 19 Comments

Wishing for a Special Forces Mindset

Big news — the Red Wings are out of the playoffs, prematurely. Prematurely for them of course is anything short of securing the Cup. The seasons change, some faces change, the objective though for the Wings ever remains the same. … Continue reading

Posted in detroit red wings, Front Office, George McPhee, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 15 Comments

My Kingdom for a Competent Line Change!

How does a team with so much talent suffer fortunes so stinging spring after spring after spring? My kingdom for a competent line change! A horrific line change ended game 2; game 3’s first power play, which produced an ever … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Eastern Conference, Front Office, HBO's 24/7, Hockey hearts, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 21 Comments