Category Archives: George McPhee

A Crisis of Mismanagement

If you are shocked and dismayed by where we are with hockey in Washington these days, you weren’t reading here last July. The Unexpected Rebuild, I called it. The Washington Capitals today on the ice are receiving their just due: … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter, Eastern Conference, Ed Frankovic, Eric McErlain, Front Office, George McPhee, hockey blogging, Japers' Rink, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, New Jersey Devils, New media, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rock the Red, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington Post, Washington the cursed hockey town | 26 Comments

The Unexpected Rebuild

“Who’s putting the puck in the net?” in D.C. next season, Greg Wyshynski wonders, while digesting the news of Alexander Semin signing with Carolina. I wonder too. Let us hope that the captain shows up in shape this fall. Or: … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, Front Office, George McPhee, hockey blogging, Mathieu Perreault, Media, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals | 20 Comments

The Tree of ’98 Bears More Leadership Fruit: Adam Oates Now Coaches the Caps

Outside of his winning the Stanley Cup, it’s difficult to fathom a figure in hockey ever enjoying a day a rival to Adam Oates’ yesterday. The “lesser” of his feats Tuesday was earning his first-ever head coaching job, for the … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Capitals' greats of the past, Dale Hunter, George McPhee, Hockey Hall of Fame, Hockey Heroes | 1 Comment

Re. Size Matters: Have the Capitals Found Their Lucic?

Going into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft there were three principal objectives I’d hoped the Capitals would achieve beginning Friday night: Keep both no. 1 picks; draft for size; draft for right wing. Check. Check. And check. And if they … Continue reading

Posted in Dale Hunter, Filip Forsberg, Frontier justice, George McPhee, Going Big, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL Entry Draft, Old Time Hockey, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals | 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

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

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