Discussion in 'Washington Capitals' started by Langway, May 24, 2013.
Disagree. They've been able to reload not rebuild and it's because, yes, they do draft and develop extremely well. That structure has been in place for much longer than one year. Lidstrom is gone but it's not like this is a completely different franchise otherwise. They do what they do and have done for years. It's bad news for the rest of the Eastern Conference as they'll only get better.
Chicago has really not responded well to adversity whatsoever. Credit to Detroit for shutting them down. Even as not a big believer in that team overall I thought their better players would have a little more fight in them.
The thing I see wrong with Torts, is that his best player is Lundy, yet designs his teams play as if he is their worst player. He seems hell bent on nurturing protecting and limiting expose to Lundy, yet is widely accepted to be one of the best. Furh him!
I am not sure they collapse as much as they did in the past, but since they did, he probably stifled the offensive development of all players across the board, at least the younger ones which is critical to developing home grown talent, a key cog in winning a cup
After the Caps board he was on Bumpers Boards for a good amount of time and at least through the 07-08 season and the summer thereafter and we talked a bunch. He was in Colorado at the time. Guy knew his stuff.
Ughh...Rangers won! Funny how Kreider scores and he sits Richards. It took this long for him to do that? He is a stubborn guy to a fault. I do enjoy his hillarious post game interviews win or lose. Alan May seems to think that is all calculated by him.
Impressed by their physical play and commitment to D. They are playing at a very high level. I keep thinking every year that "this is the year they will sink!"..but it never seems to happen...
RE: Ted's Accessibility
Ted is just a flat out good human being. I root for the guy and after many years of introspection I feel bad about how much I ripped on him in the past. I hope his faith in his management style proves to be right and lead us to a cup. I agree that he does care about the fans deeply as well as the team. We could have had a doosh owner like the late Bill Wirtz. More owners are like him than they are like Ted.
Yeah now way you can describe what Detroit had to do between last year and this as a rebuild. Sure they had a few guys they needed to replace but that was far from a rebuild IMO.
Lets not forget, in the final month, Detroit was in slight danger of not making the playoffs at all. I say "slight" because they and most everyone else had confidence that they would, but the fact is they sat in 9th place for at least a few days in the final month of the regular season.
That coupled with the Kings last year just proves that seed and regular season means almost nothing.
Seed may mean almost nothing, but it's not like their regular season performances would tell you those teams would have been out quickly. Wins/Losses/Points maybe, but the fancystats said both DET this year and LAK last year were borderline top-tier teams (basically top-5 in the league or better).
Agreed... point is regular season wins/losses don't tell us much. All those "102 points" brags from Ted and GMGM show us they really don't get it.
I don't think it says they don't get it as much as it says they don't feel the need to dig very deep to placate fans. That PR fluff is more important for keeping everyone's attention than substantive discussion about nuts and bolts.
And, when talking about the fanbase at large, I don't know that they'd be wrong.
Hell yeah. **** the Rags.
The Rangers are such a joke.
WTG, Hamrlik. **** the bed on the eventual GWG and get stapled to the bench for the rest of the game. A hell of a way to go out if that's it.
Too bad we couldn't have traded him to New York, it would have been some sweet revenge, no matter how small.
I agree, his career is kaput.
In summary, the Rags are King Henrik plus a bunch of spare pieces that don't really work too well together. Amazing we lost to them.
Just goes to show haw far away we really are. Ain't no "tinkering" going to get us where we want to be.
Caps-Bruins series would of been a lot more competitive and Bruins fans knew it and were cheering for the Rags to win.
I am so freakin' happy the Rangers lost, only because I hate their huge dependence on Lundqvist. I was planning on quoting myself from earlier on the B's/Rags series thread about them only relying on Lundqvist, and that being the reason they'd lose. I didn't do it now because:
a. Want to be somewhat classy.
b. Don't want to get flamed (although no one argued with me when I initially said what I did)
c. I have a feeling it'd anger the mods, as it would shift the discussion (most likely).
Yep. Its all about match ups and we match up really well against the Bs.
Caps defenseman the past 2 years have had the same fatal flaw against the Rangers.... Predictably trying to get the puck out of the zone using the boards...
I also think Orlov instead of Erskine would of made a big difference... Erskine had a lot of ice time with the top line, so he effectively was a great shutdown D for the Rangers, did a great job shutting down Ovechkin and Carlson.
Ted should put up a banner that says "WOULD HAVEOF TAKEN THE BRUINS TO MORE THAN 5 GAMES BUT REALLY WANTED THE MAPLE LEAFS" to replace the division banners he won't get to put up again.
At this point you might as well
I'm just happy they were exposed. I don't think the Caps would have fared much better against Boston, though. Just a feeling, not really basing it on anything else.
Yeah the playoffs are all about match ups.
The Caps are so unlucky.
They keep getting matched up against playoff pretenders.
The real issue here is whether Jagr and Iginla can trade teams so that I can root for one without some degree of self-loathing? Go ...sharks? I don't even know anymore....
Go Western Conference.
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