Category Archives: National Hockey League

George McPhee Was Mostly the Architect of an Identity Crisis

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Ten years ago, gifted by the draft lottery gods, and with a young but battle-tested general manager presiding over a roster rebuild he’d already appropriately earned plaudits for, the Washington Capitals were supposed … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, David Poile, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, Front Office, George McPhee, Martin Erat, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Seth Jones, Southeast Division, The curse of Washington hockey, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals, Washington the cursed hockey town, Washington the hockey town | 8 Comments

A House Undefended

Separate and distinct from the scoreboard verdict, there was a disquieting vibe to Super Sunday’s matinee tilt between the Penguins and Capitals. I sat down low in Verizon Center for it, and I didn’t like the vibe at all. This … Continue reading

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Game On!

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An Awakening (Fleeting?)

Hi, hockey. Don’t think of you much these days. Not an insult, just how it’s going. My passion for you is dormant. ish. I’ve been in the unexpected and strange position of being involved in a few negotiations in my … Continue reading

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Tweeted Pessimism from BobM

 

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TSN, Sending Up Semin

We in Washington have, understandably, a conflicted view of Alexander Semin. To be sure, we’re aware of his numerous and infuriating faults: so often, he seemed invisible; so often, he seemed capable of so much more. Yet we’ve also had … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Free agency, Media, National Hockey League, TSN, TV | 14 Comments

Paying a Price for Telling the Truth

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is a lot of things — hot-headed, fiery, bombastic, caustic, exceptionally intense — but also a Stanley Cup winner. He has become somewhat iconic in recent seasons for his post-game rants in the aftermath of adverse developments for his hockey teams, and another arrived Thursday night, when his Rangers potentially lost grit center Derek Stepan to an injury the byproduct of a knee-on-knee collision with Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik. Continue reading

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