Off The GridPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
I’m off the grid tonight because of a family obligation that’s been on the books even before the NHL schedule was released last June, one which turns out to be even more unfortunately timed tonight than it did then. My apologies, but I won’t be sending Twitter updates during the game tonight. I’d suggest following @washcaps and @cmasisak22. The first is the team’s official feed and the second is former Washington Times Caps beat writer Corey Masisak. Few handle the task of Tweeting a game as well as Corey does. Just the right amount of Tweets, and not a lot of superfluous jive. I have set the DVR and I will record tonight’s game, the first for the Capitals in the Dale Hunter era. I plan on posting the Postgame Notebook on washingtoncaps.com, as usual, as soon as I am able to write it. Caps radio voice John Walton and I will be back in the studio tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. for our weekly Capitals Report podcast. We’ll have a lot to talk about for sure, so definitely make plans to join us then if you can. Until then, you’ve got some time to kill until face-off. And I’ve done a fair bit of archive-dragging the last few days. With that in mind, here are a few pieces with a fair bit of dust on them that have become newly relevant with the doings of the last few days. 1. Piece published on March 11, 2000 on the occasion of the Capitals retiring Dale Hunter's uniform No. 32. 2. Piece published in July, 2005 when Bruce Boudreau was hired to coach the AHL Hershey Bears. 3. Piece written for blog on April 19, 2007 advocating Boudreau as an NHL coaching candidate somewhere. 4. Piece written for blog on Nov. 22, 2007 when Glen Hanlon was relieved of his duties as Caps coach. 5. Piece written for blog on Nov. 23, 2007 prior to Boudreau's first game behind Caps bench. 6. Piece written for blog on April 6, 2008 after Caps had ridden Alex Ovechkin's 65-goal season and Boudreau's coaching to improbable division title on final weekend of season. Let's hope Hunter can help Ovechkin rediscover the amazing offensive talents he displayed that season, and for a couple years preceding and following it. Back with lots more (and fresher) stuff tomorrow.
There's a new coach behind the Caps' bench, and like every coach before him, he has his own unique ideas about the way he wants things done on the ice. Today was Dale Hunter's second practice as the Washington bench boss, and the first real chance he got to begin implementing his system. "It’s