Boudreau gets the nod....
I've been out of commission the past few weeks moving and working on a busy project, but I'm hoping to blog more frequently again.
GMGM named Bruce Boudreau as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals today. He loses his interim title after coaching the Caps to a 7-5-3 record since November 22nd. I like Boudreau so far and the Caps are certainly playing better than they did under Hanlon this year. The young guys seem to be responding really well to Boudreau which isn't totally surprising since he coached so many of them under the Hershey Bears.
Coach Boudreau told the team that the 2nd half of the season starts tonight. That's a great message but I still don't hold out hope for this team to make the playoffs and then what? Does GMGM lose his job and the Capitals end up getting another new coach? Sigh....
The biggest concerns I have about the Caps right now are Olie's play and Ovie's contract. Olie is struggling and since the Caps don't have a starting goalie waiting around anywhere (the prospects are young!) that could mean the "rebuild is far from over". I'm one of Olie's biggest fans and I just got his jersey because he means a lot to me as someone who has slogged through the good times and bad times with the Caps and helped them reach their one and only Stanley Cup championship final appearance. Olie, pick it up. I know you can do it.
On to Ovie's contract. Hearing GMGM say "Ovie's going to be in Washington for a long time" doesn't make me feel any better about his lack of of a new contract. Ted said the same thing in September, three plus months ago. Get the damn deal done.
Caps play Tampa Bay here shortly.
Let's go Caps!