Saturday, December 8, 2007

I Love You, Coach Boudreau

...or: Why the Caps Might Turn Things Around. Okay, maybe that's not best title, but I really like those 'or' titles, you know? Like Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb.

Anyhow, per Tarik at Capitals Insider Brian Pothier will be watching tonight's game from the press box. Boudreau is no joke - he clearly expects the team to win and man, is it refreshing. I still think Hanlon did a great job when he was here but his "Aw, shucks, it's okay, we all make mistakes, let's just go out and try to do better next time" attitude, which was perfect for a rebuilding team, wouldn't suffice for situations like this. Boudreau has clearly brought a little instant respectability with the way he holds players accountable, demands they play their best and expects to win.

Hanlon's buddy-buddy attitude and constant encouragement were great for a team full of players trying to find their way in the NHL who needed to go out and play relaxed every night. Now, the team is not so young and most of the players have enough NHL experience that they ought to be able to step up and have more expected of them without "gripping the stick too tight" as the expression goes.

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