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LOL at Terrell Stoglin — a half-decent player…yapping about being under-coached

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

I’ve had four hours of sleep before, so I know what it feels like.

Actually, the night before I got four hours of sleep, I got four hours of sleep.

I returned from a phenomenal day at Augusta National this morning, actually, as my flight touched down just before midnight, which put me back home and in bed at 12:44 am.

Four hours later, I was up and at ’em.

The night before (Tuesday, I think?), I got home in the early evening after a wild day on the golf course that saw my Calvert Hall team edge a highly talented McDonogh team in our conference opening match.  I didn’t wind up hitting the pillow until 11:00 pm on Tuesday and got up at 3:00 am to catch a 5:10 am Wednesday morning flight with a couple of friends who were making the Augusta trip with me.

It was my 4th time, but their first visit to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National.

Eight hours of sleep in two nights.

At my age, that hurts.

But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I treat the Masters and Augusta National like they’re Bruce Springsteen.  If Springsteen’s playing somewhere nearby, I’m getting a ticket and I’m going to the show.  I’ve seen “The Boss” twenty times in my life.

If Augusta National is going to host this little golf tournament every April, and I can get a ticket at a reasonable price, I’m going down there.

Some people go to the Smithsonian every year or two.  That’s what museums are for, right?

I classify Augusta National as a “museum”.

I’ll make that field trip every year as long as I can.


Speaking of golf, the Washington Capitals will be teeing it up at their favorite course this coming Monday, after being eliminated from this year’s NHL playoffs last night by virtue of the Columbus 3-1 win over Dallas.

This, honestly, could be just what the Caps need.

The time has come for Ted Leonsis to take a long, hard look at his hockey franchise and plot out the next decade.

Start over with a new GM?

Adam Oates…should he stay or should he go?

Alexander Ovechkin?  Player to bank on or player to move?

There’s lots to discuss in the next few months with the Caps, but one thing’s for certain:  In 2013-14, they just weren’t good enough, plain and simple.


Terrell Stoglin cracked me up the other night with his showboating on Twitter.

Speaking about Mark Turgeon, Stoglin quipped:  Sum ppl can’t coach talent

That’s weird…when I think of Stoglin, I think this:  Sum talent just can’t be coached

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Caps lose again as must-win games turn into losses

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

Another night of stellar offensive play from the Capitals, who were blanked in Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening, 2-0.

It’s not closing time yet for Washington and their playoff chances, but the bartender is “flicking the lights on and off” to let you know last call is just a few minutes away.

And then, maybe for the first time ever, the organization – under Ted Leonsis at least – has an off-season of real, true soul searching to do before putting together a plan for 2014-2015.

What to do with General Manager George McPhee, who has drawn plenty of disdain over the last few years from D.C.’s hockey faithful.

Is Adam Oates the coach they thought he would be and, if not, do you make a move in his department?

And, the big question:  What’s the future hold for Alexander Ovechkin?

More importantly, the real question:  Is it time for the Caps to consider going in a new direction that starts WITHOUT Ovechkin?

Anytime I bring up Ovechkin’s name and the word “trade” in the same sentence with people who follow hockey, they look at me like I have three heads.

I always follow up that look by asking:  “Tell me what he’s done…”

“He’s scored a ton of goals,” is always the first reply.

“OK,” I say.  “What else?”

Go ahead…what else?

Name the players in the Caps organization who have been here alongside Ovechkin that are better for having played with him.  I’ll be here waiting.

Go ahead…go through the list of players who have been in D.C. during the “Ovie years” that #8 made better as a hockey player.

I’m still waiting.

And I’m not, absolutely NOT, saying to just dump him for a bag of pucks and some Southwest Airlines tickets.

Not at all.

What I am saying, though, is the time has come to consider a new direction for the Caps.

Please note the word “consider” there.

I watch Ovechkin night in and night out and I marvel at how one dimensional he’s become.  He’s -27 this season, which means he’s been on the ice in even strength situations for TWENTY SEVEN more goals against the Caps than for the Caps.

How has the so-called “best offensive player in hockey” (cough, cough) found himself on the ice for 27 more goals against his team than goals scored FOR his team?

That’s incredibly telling.

I’m not looking to punish Ovechkin for one season of mediocre Caps hockey, either.  Lots of other players are worthy of blame, including Mike Green, who continues to play far beneath the level a player of his contract status should.

In baseball terms, what the Caps want from Ovechkin is their own version of Derek Jeter.  A winner.  A player who makes others around him better.  Someone who comes through when the games matter most.

Instead, the Caps have an Alex with their own Alex — Alex Rodriguez.

I’ll take Jeter.

I just wish the Caps had one of those kind of players in Ovechkin.

And, since they don’t, I’ll just ask again:  Is it time for the Capitals to move in a different direction in the off-season and proceed without The Great Eight?

It’s a question worth asking.


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Leonsis pleased NHL, Caps getting back to work

Posted on 06 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis released this statement Sunday to Caps fans after the news that the NHL & NHLPA agreed to the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which will end the NHL lockout.

“We are extremely excited that the National Hockey League has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, pending final approval on both sides. This is certainly welcome news for all of us – fans, players, corporate partners, local businesses, broadcast rights holders, media, staff and owners – and especially our plan holders who have created such a fantastic Verizon Center atmosphere.

Thanks to all of you for your patience, support and understanding during this process. We will continue to be in touch as more information becomes available, and all of us at the Capitals look forward to seeing you at Verizon Center in the coming weeks.”

– Ted Leonsis


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Capitals Coaching Carousel Continues

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Capitals Coaching Carousel Continues

Posted on 29 June 2012 by melissarubin

The revolving door of Capitals head coaches began November 28 when then head coach Bruce Boudreau was fired when the team suffered a losing streak; the straw that broke the camel’s back was a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Capitals general manager George McPhee  said that the players were no longer responding to Boudreau and it was time for a coaching change. Boudreau was also said to have had a strained relationship with star player Alex Ovechkin.

Boudreau was replaced with former Capitals player Dale Hunter. Hunter was known as a player’s coach and his coaching style was completely different from Boudreau. He was calm while Boudreau had a fiery demeanor.

Hunter had no NHL coaching experience, yet he still led the team to the playoffs where they lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the New York Rangers in game 7. Hunter quit in May to spend more time with his family and the junior club he owns in Canada.

And that’s how we got to head coach number three…Adam Oates, who was hired this week.  The Capitals can only hope that the third time is the charm. Oates played for the Capitals from 1996-2002 and spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils.

Though he’s never been a head coach, Oates played in the Stanley Cup finals and coached a team in the finals. Some question whether or not his inexperience will hinder his ability to lead the team to the playoffs, but Capitals owner Ted Leonsis sees it differently and believes that Oates is the man they need to lead them to the Cup.

“Not only will Adam be a very productive coach for us, he also shares having a chip on his shoulder. We’re at that point where we have to do better in the playoffs. We have to win a Stanley Cup.” said Leonsis.

I don’t necessarily believe that prior head coaching experience correlates with reaching the playoffs. While the head coach is the glue that holds the team together, the individual players also have big roles to fill.

Oates brings a new coaching style to the Capitals; according to Capitals Insider Chuck Gormely:

Unlike former Capitals coach Dale Hunter, who often let his roster decisions do the talking, Oates said he believes strongly in communicating with his players simply because he was one. He said he plans on modeling his coaching style after Brian Sutter, who coached him in both St. Louis and Boston.

I’m not familiar with Oates as a player, but after seeing his former team, the Devils, reach the Stanley Cup finals, I am excited to see him on the Capitals sidelines this season. The team is in the process of updating their roster so it will be interesting to see who they bring on and who they acquire in free agency next month.

Time will tell how this pans out, but I’m hopeful that Oates can get the job done.

What do you think? Will Oates be the difference maker this season?

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