Monday, November 25, 2013

Why Ted should study the Nats Lerners

The Caps played some ugly games this week including a 4-1 debacle against Pittsburgh, a 1 goal loss against Montreal and a 1-point game against Toronto. The only Cap that scored during this stretch...Alex Ovechkin.  At least, the Caps put 50 shots on goal against Toronto.  That's encouraging as the Caps attempted only 27 shots against Montreal and 18 against Pittsburgh. But, it highlights a key point about the Caps. No matter how hard Caps ownership and management may want it to be true, Ovie can't do everything.

During the Ovechkin era in Washington there have been four coaches  - Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter and Adam Oates. Not one of those coaches has been a head coach of a Cup finals or a Cup winning team. The Caps organization keeps bringing in inexperienced coaches. Adam Oates is the latest.
Although I hope Oates can overcome that inexperience, I'm not convinced yet.  He has done a good job of connecting with and coaching the resurgent Alex Ovechkin, but that coaching hasn't extended to team play. Oates is not motivating this team to show up during the first period.  He's not inspiring them to grab two points against teams they should beat.

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