Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told the media at his introductory press conference that “it’s a privilege to be the head coach of this hockey team” and that Tuesday is a “pretty special day for me and my family” after being hired by the organization. He thanked owner Ted Leonsis, team president Dick Patrick, and general manager Brain MacLellan for the opportunity and said that he “couldn’t be happier to be here.” Laviolette said that he has a lot of memories coming into Washington and says that the fans are always enthusiastic. Continue reading →
Much has been made about the Washington Capitals rather shallow prospect pool. Simply put, there is a lot of truth in those statements. The Capitals farm system has been significantly depleted after years of trading away picks and the use of high-round draft selections on prospects that haven’t panned out. As a result, one might think the Capitals can no longer be trading away prospects. There is also some truth in that, to an extent. Continue reading →
The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday morning that they have hired Peter Laviolette as the 19th head coach in team history. The team relieved Todd Reirden of his duties on August 24 after consecutive first-round exits in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Capitals signed Laviolette for three seasons at just under $15 million. Continue reading →
Each preseason the story is the same. “If Evgeny Kuznetsov can just put together a full season…” Or, “If Kuznetsov can have that breakout season we know he is capable of, the Capitals can make a run…”. The storylines are as predictable as the outcome of a Civil War reenactment. Continue reading →
It’s a new world, now. A world chock-full of unknowns and apprehension.
And the NHL’s general mangers are sitting center stage, trying to quickly understand and adjust to the new world realities. For the NHL, that means a flat salary cap for the foreseeable future, new internal salary caps, an expedited offseason and an unknown season format ahead. Continue reading →