Category Archives: The Red Army

Hitting the Reset Button

I never slow down to peek at roadside car wrecks, but I am going to blog a bit about our barely moving wreck of a hockey team. I’m here with a good deal many more questions than answers, and a … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dave Steckel, George McPhee, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Stanley Cup, Ted Leonsis, The curse of Washington hockey, The Red Army, The Young Guns, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

A State of the Nation That Comes Up Small

On May 5, the morning after his hockey team had been swept out of the playoffs in the second round by the no. 5 seed, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, to his credit, logged in to his blog, congratulated the victorious … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Eastern Conference, Morning cup-a-joe, New media, NHL playoffs, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, The President's Trophy, The Red Army, Washington Capitals | 28 Comments

Boudreau Admits Fans Deserve Better – Will It Make a Difference?

The relationship between a team and its fanbase is one of the most sacrosanct in sports. On a weekend that saw Caps’ fans witness a 6-0 shutout loss on home ice Friday followed by a heart-attack inducing 3-2 win Saturday … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, Hockey hearts, The Red Army, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 6 Comments

Time for a Change in Culture

This morning I am trying to imagine the slogan of resolve and defiance and unity Capitals’ players will brandish on team-issued t-shirts at the start of training camp in September. They are quite good at looking tough and determined, via … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, George McPhee, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Ted Leonsis, The Red Army, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 26 Comments

The View from Hostility’s Hotseat

The few (very), the proud, the *very* brave — Caps’ fans attending a game in Philadelphia against the Flyers . . . while wearing their heroes’ colors. Yes, they exist. Tuesday night I saw them, spoke with them, and most … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Conference, Hockey Heroes, Hockey roadtrips, National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers, Ted Leonsis, The Red Army, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 30 Comments

In a Season of High Hopes, Instead We Have High Crimes and Misdemeanors

A political bumper sticker of some years back read, ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’ “Outrage” by local hockey fans may be too strong a term to apply with respect to the 2010-11 Washington Capitals in this most … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Jeff Schultz, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL All Star Game, NHL Trades, Pittsburgh Penguins, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, The Red Army, Tom Poti, Tomas Fleischmann, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011 | 18 Comments

Identity Crisis (cont’d.): Greyhounds, Masquerading as Huskies

If you have a kennel full of greyhounds, can you make sled-pullers out of them? And: should you? An individual NHL game in midseason is but a proverbial snapshot in time — a single frame in a long-running motion picture. … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, George McPhee, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New Jersey Devils, Nicklas Backstrom, Southeast Division, The Red Army, Trap hockey, Washington Capitals | 16 Comments