Category Archives: National Hockey League

The Toughest Poll of All

It’s a cliche, but it’s also a bedrock reality of professional sports: when a team’s results sour, in prolonged fashion, there are inherent limitations with how a roster can be manipulated to effect change; instead, it’s always the head coach … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, National Hockey League, OFB Polls | 22 Comments

Hockey, Diminished: Coughing up $100 for a Night of Referee Entertainment

NHL hockey diminishes itself with games like last night’s between the Caps and Oilers. What should have been a highly fast-paced, highly entertaining matchup between a contender today and one that fast appears to be being assembled for the near … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Frankovic, Edmonton Oilers, Incompetent officiating, National Hockey League, NHL referees, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

Grapes, on the Great Caps

These are heady times in HockeyWashington — check out the latest Hockey Night in Canada ‘Coach’s Corner’ segment wherein Don Cherry gives the Caps the ultimate compliment.

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Questions for a Hockey Club at a Crossroads

Yes, there are important, impact veteran additions to the Capitals roster for 2011-12, and yes the club likely will be backstopped by the finest talent they’ve had in net since Olie Kolzig more than 10 years ago. Yes, the Capitals … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Dave Steckel, Ice, John Carlson, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Tomas Vokoun, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals | 3 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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The Sport’s Bible Calls It for the Caps in 2011-12

The Hockey News predicts a Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, two leading hockey media voices today informed via Twitter. Kiss of death? Meanwhile, should this prognosticating actually come true, take a look — if … Continue reading

Posted in Media, National Hockey League, Print, Stanley Cup, The Hockey News, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Ted Starkey Delivers the Chronicle of a Transition

We are thrilled to have had a chance to review a couple of drafts of a new book coming out early this autumn that affords a commendably wide-angled lens on the Washington Capitals’ organization, Transition Game: Story of the 2010-11 … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Frankovic, Hockey books, Media, National Hockey League, New media, Ted Starkey, Transition Game, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Seeking Help from Above

I’m a big fan of photo-ops that illustrate the impressive broadening of Washington’s passion for pucks. This particular image also seems to invite the discussion: Should we trouble a busy God these days with our postseason puck distress? Of course … Continue reading

Posted in National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 6 Comments

Thin Skinned Down in the Sunshine State: Clever Bruins Smack Gets Silenced

My eternal problem with the Southeast division: There are no rivalries in it in any way approaching those we once enjoyed with our predecessor Patrick division, and subsequently, I can’t summon the hate. And in instances as with what a … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Greg Wyshynski, National Hockey League, New media, NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 8 Comments

The First Shoe Has Fallen

An agreement to sell the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers to a Winnipeg group which plans to relocate the franchise to the Manitoba capital is done.

Sources confirmed tonight that preparations are being made for an announcement Tuesday, confirming the sale and transfer of the Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and the MTS Centre arena, which would become the NHL team’s new home. Continue reading

Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, Gary Bettman, Much-needed relocation, National Hockey League, Southeast Division, The Great Old Patrick Division, Winnipeg Jets | Tagged , | Leave a comment