Category Archives: Much-needed realignment

Managing, and Excusing, the Ever Repeating Loop of Mediocrity

“I hope the Caps win a Stanley Cup before I’m dead.” — Kevin Fletcher, age 7, Alexandria, Virginia, earlier this week, relayed by his father on Facebook. The definition of precocious there. Good luck with that, Kevin. This Henrik Lundqvist … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Front Office, George McPhee, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Much-needed realignment, New York Rangers, NHL referees, playoff hockey, Print, Southeast Division, Ted Leonsis, Thomas Boswell, Washington Capitals, Washington Post, Washington the cursed hockey town, Winter Classic | 8 Comments

NHL Realignment Delivers the Long Overdue Demolition of the SouthLeast

Though there surely should have been, we had no mayoral proclamation, no triumphant, inspiring oratory from any of our region’s elected officials, Chambers of Commerce, or business luminaries, no acknowledgment of the Great Liberation that uniquely visited Washington this week. … Continue reading

Posted in Gary Bettman, Hockey Towns, Morning cup-a-joe, Much-needed realignment, Southeast Division, The Great Old Patrick Division, 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

What Reunification Means To Us

Patrick Division 2.0 we’re calling it. Our collective heads are still spinning over the dream-like developments of the past 72 hours. It was just this past Saturday night that word broke — exploded, really — that the NHL’s Board of Governors would consider a proposal brought to them by the commissioner that would reunite the Capitals with their natural rivals in the Mid-Atlantic and obliterate — forever — the Southeast division. Not long after we in Washington got home from school and work Monday night it was a reality. Continue reading

Posted in Much-needed realignment, National Hockey League, The Great Old Patrick Division, Verizon Center, Washington the hockey town | 14 Comments

Welcome Back, Patrick

From the NHL press release: PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2011) — The National Hockey League Board of Governors tonight approved a four-Conference alignment format and authorized Commissioner Gary Bettman to implement this proposal, pending input from the National Hockey … Continue reading

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OFB TV: Christmas for Caps Fans — Hello Again, Patrick Division!

When it comes to the Capitals’ past, there are few voices in our region bearing the vivid fidelity of Baltimore WNST’s Ed Frankovic. Ed worked for the Caps during the glory days when the team nightly battled the likes of … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Conference, Ed Frankovic, Much-needed realignment, New media, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, OFB TV, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ted Leonsis, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | Leave a comment

We Want This (in the Worst Way)

‘The Hot Stove‘ last night dropped a realignment bombshell on us. Take a look: Christmas-pinch me: Could it really be that in the very same week Dale Hunter is returned to D.C. legacy-honoring leadership is emerging in realignment discussions, such … Continue reading

Posted in Much-needed realignment, National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 5 Comments