Washington Capitals Need to Change Their Attitude, Starting at the Top

January 26th, 2013 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
When the 2013 NHL season schedule was released, it was clear that teams were going to be involved in a sprint toward the playoffs. There would be no ramp up time, no easing into the season, no correcting for mistakes. 

With each team cramming 48 games in 99 days, there won’t be a lot of time for practice or learning new systems.  Teams that came out hot, odds are they’ll do fine. Teams that came out cold, well, their fans may start to wish that the lockout never ended.

One of the teams that has come out cold is the Washington Capitals. 

On Friday night, the Caps picked up their first points of the NHL season, earning a tie with the now 3-0 NJ Devils.  The tie improved—if you can call getting a digit in anything but the loss column an improvement, to 0-3-1.

The easy excuse would be to point the finger at new head coach Adam Oates in this situation, but that would be somewhat of a mistake.  Oates was brought in as a reflection of the management team; he was brought in to be the fan and player-friendly guy, the loveable ex-Cap after former head coach, the not-so-lovable Dale Hunter took the team to ...

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