Calle Johansson has been called a ‘fearless competitor’ with a ‘high on-ice IQ’. Now, after being reunited with Adam Oates on the coaching staff, Coach Johansson looks to teach his skills as a two-way defenseman to a Capitals franchise that is coming into its prime years.
New Washington Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates re-familiarized himself with the D.C. listening audience Thursday with an appearance on the Sports Junkies. Although he may be familiar with the nation’s capital, he tells the guys that a lot has changed since he was a player here.
Capitals GM George McPhee is faced with finding the perfect coaching candidate for his players, a blend between Boudreau’s up-tempo style and Hunter’s protect-the-net mindset, but with free agency approaching and less and less candidates available, the head coach vacancy becomes increasingly more worrisome.
History wasn’t on Washington’s side in last night’s triple-overtime loss at home, but the coaches lauded their players for their resiliency through the marathon game. That toughness and resiliency is not something they possessed under Boudreau, but it will certainly take more than that to get to the next level.
Just a few months ago, it seemed D.C. sports couldn’t get any worse, and drastically under-delivering on expectations, the Caps seemed to have made Dale Hunter’s return to the franchise a career fatality…until the Stanley Cups Playoffs happened. A gutsy 7-game series win over the defending champs, scoring only 1 more goal than their competitors shows the Caps may finally be what we’d expected for this group for years now.
From a coaching change to player trades, this Capitals franchise has endured far more in-season drama than any of the prior incarnations that haven’t lived up to the hype. As we all nervously await the start of the post-season, with more grit and experience than ever before, is this team finally built for the playoffs?
Arlington, VA-The Caps (12-10-1, 25 points) host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4, 32 points ) tonight at Verizon Center, also Bruce Boudreau hired by Anaheim.
Fed up with the Ducks’ inexplicably slow start, the club fired the Stanley Cup-winning coach and his staff late Wednesday night. Anaheim swiftly replaced Carlyle with former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, who was dismissed by the Capitals just two days earlier.
Cakes believes it’s too early to panic for Capitals’ fans. The season is not lost, and to get back to him a month into the new year.
Arlington, VA-The Caps held practice today as they prepare for the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday after losing their third in a row and first under Dale Hunter last night.
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