Category Archives: Scott Hannan

Take 2 – Playoff Opening Video

Yes, we posted the playoff opening video the other day. The Caps just posted another view of the video giving a better look and feel of the arena. You have a camera on the arena to the left, the video board to the right, and the upper and lower LED boards above and below the video respectfully. It’s worth another look, especially if you were not able to attend game 1 or 2.
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Memo to the Revisionists: It Was a Tale of Two Seasons

How will you remember the 2010-11 Capitals’ regular season? I ask because at least one prominent person in town – the team owner — thinks that to date I’ve judged his team too harshly on the campaign. My critique began near the end of last summer, when I observed management execute a largely passive approach to roster improvement in the offseason, while East rivals Pittsburgh and Philly aggressively improved. Not that I’m a throw-mad-money-at-free-agents kind of guy; never have been, never will be. But if you’ve just been vanquished in round one, as the Caps were last April, and you sit on your hands all summer, rest assured your conference peers will gain ground on you.

Through about 50 games into 2010-11, there was plenty of ground-gaining, you’ll recall. For instance: the Caps, having won the Southeast division title just a year ago by 40 points, trailed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast in late February. That’s ground-gaining alright. And it’s not as if Tampa in the offseason acquired Bobby Orr and Mr. Hockey in their prime. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Front Office, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Scott Hannan, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 16 Comments

More One-Goal Drama, Further Climbing up the Standings

You didn’t want this one preserved on the DVR, but the bottom line is that a Mike Green-less Capitals club has scratched and clawed its way through a litany of one-goal victories of late to reclaim first place in the … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon, Bruce Boudreau, Eastern Conference, Florida Panthers, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Marcus Johansson, National Hockey League, Scott Hannan, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Foxy Acknowledgment

We read BigMedia sports coverage, and from time to time we learn of them reading us. It’s always flattering to hear from “the pros” with words of appreciation for what we try and pull off in very part-time fashion. Yesterday … Continue reading

Posted in hockey blogging, Media, National Hockey League, NHL Trades, OFB, Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments


Over the course of an 82-game season there are going to be nights when the men in stripes don’t do right by you. You accept that — you have to. It’s the fastest game in the world, with collisions and … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Dallas Stars, Incompetent officiating, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL referees, Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals | 13 Comments

Giving the Hosts the Blues for a Change

The Capitals got four goals in last night’s game against Jaroslov Halak that they probably would have preferred to have had in last season’s playoff series against him, when Halak was with the Habs. Halak now guards the cage for … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, D. J. King, Dallas Stars, National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Scott Hannan, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Sought After and Secured: the Shutdown D

What prior to Tuesday had been a bit of a playground for visitors in the Capitals’ end — particularly for opposing power forwards — became a bit more jungle-like with George McPhee’s acquisition of Scott Hannan from the Colorado Avalanche … Continue reading

Posted in George McPhee, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, NHL Trades, Scott Hannan, Tomas Fleischmann, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Out with More Soft, in with More Grit

In mane and meanness, defenseman Scott Hannan — acquired by the Caps today from Colorado for Tomas Fleischmann — bears decent resemblance to former Caps’ rearguard Brendan Witt. No few observers in hockey the past couple of years have believed … Continue reading

Posted in Colorado Avalanche, George McPhee, National Hockey League, NHL Trades, playoff hockey, Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals | 17 Comments