History Will Be Made Tonight

Posted by Brad Parker

I think we all know what happens tonight. History will be made. And on a June night, not too far in the future, history will make amends.

Crap, the Capitals Fired Boudreau. Wait, They Replaced Him With Dale Hunter… Shrug?

Posted by IronCityspy

That sentence (and muscle contraction) was more or less repeated by every person with even a casual stake in the Pittsburgh Penguins. An explanation, though, is probably necessary.

While the Washington area generally had fond feelings for Mr. Boudreau, what with his astounding winning percentage, genial attitude and affinity for gym shorts (typically Al Bundying them), the Penguins fans, well, did not. It’s not that we hated him as a person or thought he was any sort of a villain – we just viewed him as something of a buffoon. Now this had little to do with the barbeque sauce incident…or his rotundness… or even his idiotic commercials. No, there was just something fatally missing about his coaching ability. We took comfort knowing that while the Caps would likely beat us in the regular season (as those were the Cap’s playoff games), Boudreau lacked the strategic ability to get the Caps past the Pens in a multi-game series.

Gentleman scholar

It was then with great sadness when we woke up yesterday morning to learn of his dismissal. Visions of the Capitals own version of the 2009 Penguins danced in our heads. Gone was the coach that took a middling, yet supremely talented team from doldrums to respectability. His very simplistic and aggressive style, which had so successfully transformed the Capitals into a contender, was now guilty of holding them back. What was needed now was a heady, strategically minded coach that will create schemes to match the talent. And that is why the Capitals hired…wait…Dale Hunter?

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First Week Overview from the LJizzle

Posted by the LJizzle

It’s been a good first week for the Caps. It’s hard to argue with gaining ten out of a possible ten points in your first five games.

You might think “Who have they played?”

I would argue that Carolina is much improved and the Pens are the Pens, but aside from that, it’s not a murderer’s row.

Despite their shopping spree, Florida is just not that good, and I think Tampa Bay is going to backslide as Roloson is starting to show his age.

Vokoun has been good, despite letting in some bad goals from off angles in his first start. The proof for him will be in May, not in October, and he’s not terribly playoff-tested, but if you said to me, “You could have Vokoun for a year for under $2M, or sign Bryzgalov to a stupid 9-year deal that counts almost $6M per year against the cap until he’s 40, I would take the former every time. I’m not sure that Bryzgalov is better than Vokoun, he’s got a history of playoff folds, and it’s a classic Philly goaltending move. The best thing that could happen to Bobrovsky is to get out of there – complete disregard and lack of patience for a promising young talent by Dineen.

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Caps Rout Bruins 4-1 in Opener

Posted by SuckaFish

Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich celebrate Laich's first goal of the season. The Caps beat Boston 4-1.

Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich celebrate Laich's first goal of the season. The Caps beat Boston 4-1. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson - AP)


The Caps started what might be their most anticipated season with a nearly perfect game. Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist and Brooks Laich added two power play goals after getting nine all of last season.

Jose Theodore let Semyon Varlamov know that there will be a serious competition for the no. 1 goalie spot. Theodore didn’t allow a goal until 7:56 in the third when the Caps already led 4-0. It came on a shorthanded breakaway and he got a piece of the puck before it trickled in.

There were many reasons for Washington to be optimistic after this game against the top team in the East last year. The Caps were efficient on the power play, scoring twice in five opportunities. Ovechkin got off to a quick start with three points on opening night. The secondary scoring was there, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, Alexander Semin had two. And Theodore was strong in the net.

The Caps head back to Washington for their home opener Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Drop the Puck! NHL Season Preview Roundup

Posted by SuckaFish

The Caps finally open the season Thursday night in Boston. Here’s a bunch of predictions and features from the experts, and some idiots, to get you ready.

Is This the Year for the Caps? (Washington Post)

Does Alex Ovechkin have a shot at catching Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring record? (Washington Times)

2009-10 Washington Capitals Season Preview (Japers’ Rink)

Eastern Conference Power Rankings (Buccigross)

ESPN’s Experts’ Picks (Four letter dot com)

Caps Give Ovechkin a Supporting Cast (Yahoo! Sports)

2009-10 Eastern Conference staff prognostications (Puck Daddy)

Expert Picks (CBS Sports)

SI’s 2009-10 NHL Scouting Reports (SI.com)

NHL Season Preview: Team-by-Team (Sporting News)

Uni Watch: Comprehensive NHL Preview (Uni Watch)

And Now I Hate Chris Borque

Posted by SuckaFish

I know none of this was his fault. He should be Rockin’ the Red in Boston Thursday night. The Caps couldn’t get anyone to take Michael Nylander’s incredibly huge salary and so they had to waive Borque for cap reasons. But now that is all forgotten and he is one of them.

Caps Waive Chris Borque

Posted by SuckaFish

Well that didn’t last very long. One day after being told he had made the roster and would start the season in the NHL, the Caps placed Chris Borque on waivers because of salary cap concerns. The team has been unable to trade Michael Nylander and his massive contract which forced this move. If Borque isn’t claimed by another team he’ll likely head to Hershey.

Caps Make Final Cuts

Posted by SuckaFish

Chris Borque will start the season with the big boys. The Caps made their final cuts this morning. Karl Alzner, Alexandre Giroux, Keith Aucoin, and Brandon Sugden are heading to Hershey, or Moose Jaw, or wherever. Chris Bourque, Tyler Sloan, and Quintin Laing made the team. Michal Neuvirth will either head to Hershey or stay with the team if he needs rehab for his undisclosed injury.

Olie Kolzig Retires

My daughter when she was four hanging with the greatest goalie in Caps' history.

My daughter when she was four hanging with the greatest goalie in Caps' history.

Posted by SuckaFish

Olie Kolzig, the greatest goaltender in Washington Capitals history, retired Wednesday.

With the Caps, Kolzig won 711 games, a Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL, made two All-Star teams, and was a singular leader that held the team together during a brutal rebuilding process.

“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to play the game of hockey at the NHL level for many seasons and I am grateful for everything the game has given me,” said Kolzig.

He was a great player, but he is a better man. He is active in the community, especially fighting autism, and always carries himself with class. The Capitals, and the NHL, were lucky to have him.

Here are two of my favorite Olie moments. First, his fight with former Caps goalie Byron Dafoe. They were the best man at each other’s weddings.

Second, a classic Caps ad.

Thanks Olie!

Straight Rubles Homey

Sergei Federov's skating > Sergei Federov's money management

Sergei Federov's skating > Sergei Federov's money management

Posted by SuckaFish

Ex-Cap Sergei Federov is getting paid.

Well, technically he’s getting repaid his own money.

Well, he would be getting repaid if the guy who stole it from him had the money.

Anyway, a circuit court in Michigan says Federov is entitled to $60 million from Joe Zada. Federov gave Zada $43 million to invest over the last decade. Apparently it didn’t go well. I’m sure it’s just a paperwork mix-up and Zada will have a check in the mail by tomorrow.

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