Tagged: Ales Hemsky

Out of Town Notebook: Caps The Contender That Never Was 1

Out of Town Notebook: Caps The Contender That Never Was

One game does not represent an entire NHL season.   But Washington’s 5-0 loss to Carolina Monday night was another of the growing number of nails being hammered into the coffin laying rest to the Washington Capitals – 2011-12 edition. Make no mistake, this Washington team is taking after Monty Python’s dead parrot – it’s bereft of life, destined to rest in peace. And to think just 24 months ago this was a team destined to transform and dominate the NHL landscape. There are two reasons why the juggernaut Washington Capitals of 2009-10 have transformed into a Cinderella-sized pumpkin.  ...

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Out of Town Notebook: It’s Time Hitch Wins the Jack Adams 1

Out of Town Notebook: It’s Time Hitch Wins the Jack Adams

Ken Hitchcock has more than 500 wins, a .590 career winning percentange and a Stanley Cup to his credit. But he’s never won the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year. With all due respect to the great work John Tortorella, Dan Bylsma, Kevin Dineen and Mike Babcock are doing with their respective teams, Hitchcock should win his first Jack Adams Award this year. The impact he’s had on the St. Louis Blues has been incredible. To illustrate this, let’s take a look at how each of this season’s coaching changes have played out. Ken Hitchcock Pre-hiring: St. Louis...

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Out of Town Notebook: Leafs vs. Oilers – Which Rebuild is Better? 3

Out of Town Notebook: Leafs vs. Oilers – Which Rebuild is Better?

James Mirtle in the Globe and Mail asked an interesting question Monday – which rebuild is better, the Leafs approach or the Oilers approach? Ultimately, the answer to this question can only come years from now, when the young promise on each roster has been fulfilled (or not fulfilled, for that matter). However, as the continued success of the Detroit Red Wings (and continued failure of the Columbus Blue Jackets) suggests, there are franchise factors that can have a major impact on the development of a successful team. Good ownership is one of these factors. Every fan wishes their team...

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Out of Town Notebook: Trade Deadline Day Trade-Me-Nots 1

Out of Town Notebook: Trade Deadline Day Trade-Me-Nots

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what's happening around the NHL.] If Canada was really serious about hockey – if Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the hockey fan he says he is – then NHL Trade Deadline Day would be a national holiday. Other than the opening night of the season, no other day on the hockey calendar offers hockey fans as much hope. What about July 1st, the first day of free agency? Only if your team is a buyer. Draft day? Only if your team has a...

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