Category Archives: The Great Old Patrick Division

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

Killer Comes Home

Discovery has its Shark Week; at OFB this week we’ll be celebrating and chronicling the brief but oh so memorable Caps’ career of Kevin ‘Killer’ Kaminski. Cause Killer’s coming home — he’s coming into town this weekend to take in … Continue reading

Posted in Capitals' greats of the past, Jonathan Warner, Kevin Kaminski, Matt Hendricks, National Hockey League, Radio, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Taking a Wrecking Ball to Capitals Country Club (Part II)

Back in January 2010, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, speaking of his team’s American League affiliate in Hershey, told the Patriot News (Pa.), “The excellence with which that organization is run washes up on us.” Umm . . . not . … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, George McPhee, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Ted Leonsis, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 10 Comments

Taking a Wrecking Ball to Capitals Country Club (Part I)

Because country clubs seldom are known for breeding warrior hockey players, it’s past time I think that we advocated taking a wrecking ball to Capitals’ Country Club. Professional hockey players are accorded extraordinary creature comforts while plying their trade here, … Continue reading

Posted in Front Office, Hockey hearts, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Old Time Hockey, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 42 Comments

Bloggers’ Concluding Winter Classic 2011 Notebook

More than 500 members of the media representing more than 125 outlets descended upon Pittsburgh for the Winter Classic last weekend; we were fortunate enough to be included among them. This was a monumental moment in Washington Capitals history, and … Continue reading

Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, Hartford Whalers, hockey blogging, Media, National Hockey League, New media, OFB, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, Quebec the Very Serious Hockey Town, Southeast Division, Ted Leonsis, The Great Old Patrick Division, The Red Army, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 2 Comments

Bonzai Delivers a Last-Minute New Years Eve Dagger!

With the Alumni Pittsburgh Penguins clinging to a 5-4 lead and with Caps’ netminder Don Beaupre pulled for a sixth attacker this morning, old no. 12 seriously dampened the New Years spirits of the hosts with an equalizer strike! “BONZAI!!!” … Continue reading

Posted in Caps-Pens Winter Classic Alumni Game, National Hockey League, Peter Bondra, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 1 Comment

Mike Knuble: Goat No Longer

Let us sacrifice more goats, I say. (But not Goat.) Mike Knuble had, by my count, at least three quality scoring chances in tight on Henrik Lundqvist just in Tuesday night’s first period, and as all of them went unlit … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Incompetent officiating, Joe Beninati, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 7 Comments

A Classic Playoff Preview, Perhaps

Having already decided I want none of the Bs in round one next spring I made my way down to Verizon Center late Sunday afternoon imagining that I was taking in game one between the Flyers and Capitals in a … Continue reading

Posted in Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers, playoff hockey, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments