Keep telling it like it is Jason Arnott
Jason Arnott calling out his new Caps teammates for a lackluster effort against the New York Islanders last night is fine by me and I hope he keeps it up. The Caps need an asshole in the locker room since the coach won't hold his players accountable. And that's exactly why I'm thrilled GMGM got him. I don't know if it'll make a difference this season with Coach Boudreau still at the helm, but if Arnott teaches these players to grow up and play their game like they care, that's got to help.
In other notes:
-Michel Neuvirth played lights out in net again and he's the only reason the Caps won that game. As talented as Semyon Varlamov is, I think Neuvirth will end up being the Caps number one because he's far more durable. Neuvy deserved to be the first star instead of Alex Ovechkin since he played sixty minutes and Ovie didn't even come close to that, regardless of his heroics on his last two shifts with an assist and dramatic end-to-end overtime GWG that sealed the victory.
-I enjoyed watching Dennis Wideman, the defenseman GMGM picked up from the Florida Panthers on trade deadline day, and think he's going to be a good pick up for the Caps with his special team skills and playoff experience with the Bruins. The depth he brings is crucial with Mike Green still out.
-Left wing Marco Sturm, picked up off waivers from the LA Kings, played okay in his debut. He hasn't played much since coming back from injury so I think the jury will be out on him for a while.
After one game, I'm happy, so far, with the players that GMGM picked up this last week. I'm still not happy with how the team is playing though, so I joined in with the "boos" at the phone booth last night because I'm tired of spending my hard-earned money watching multi-millionaires coast around on the ice.
Caps play the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Let's go Caps!