Over at The Big Read, Joe Posnanski talks to Theo Epstein about The Cubs Way and how, once again, he is trying to save a franchise which is more famous for its futility than its glory. There is a lot of good stuff in here, as it pretty much covers Epstein’s entire career. Just one…
Bruce Boudreau was John Carlson’s first NHL coach back in the 2009-10 season and on Friday the Caps’ 26-year-old defenseman said he was unhappy to see Boudreau fired as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks.
“That’s just the nature of the business, I guess,” Carlson said. “You never want to see a coach get fired. It’s a business. I don’t make those calls, don’t make those decisions, don’t break down those games.”
In the NHL, Boudreau has a career record of 1-7 in Game 7s in the playoffs, including four straight Game 7 defeats with the Ducks, who hired him two days after the Capitals fired him on Nov. 28, 2011.
Many believe Boudreau will get a third opportunity to coach in the NHL, perhaps in Ottawa or Minnesota, where the Senators and Wild are seeking to fill head coaching vancancies.
“He’s a great coach,” Carlson said. “You never want to see a guy get fired. That’s for sure.”
Boudreau has a regular season record of 409-192-80, but is 41-40 in the playoffs.
If the NHL has any intention of putting an expansion franchise in Kansas City, the Capitals might be able to give the league a scouting report.
The Capitals announced on Friday they will face the St. Louis Blues in Kansas City on Oct. 5 in a preseason game at the new Sprint Center.
Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie is scheduled to face his former team in the game. Oshie was selected by the Blues in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft. Oshie appeared in 443 games with the Blues from 2008-15, registering 310 points (110g, 200a) and 239 penalty minutes. The Everett, Wash., native was acquired by the Capitals on July 2, 2015.
Kansas City was last awarded an NHL team the same year the Capitals entered the league in 1974. But the Kansas City Scouts lasted just two seasons in Kemper Arena before moving to Denver as the Colorado Rockies.
Tickets for the Oct. 5 game will go on sale on Tuesday, May 3 at noon at SprintCenter.com, the Price Chopper Box Office at Sprint Center or by phone at 888-929-7849. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling Sprint Center Group Sales at 816-929-7177 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Capitals will host the Blues at Verizon Center on Oct. 3. The full NHL schedule is expected to come out in late June.
The Kings finished the season with a 33-49 record, missing the playoffs for the 10th year in a row. The team fired head coach George Karl after one season at the helm in which there was obvious conflict with star center DeMarcus Cousins.
But Karl's ouster doesn't necessarily signal Sacramento's committment to Cousins. According to a report by the Sacramento Bee, general manager Vlade Divac is considering trading the All-Star big man for the first time.
A year ago, Cousins was untouchable. A year later, the sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center’s ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star.
Karl has plenty of company. The disconnect between Karl and Divac, and Karl and Cousins, is rivaled closely by the discord within the fragmented locker room. Apart from Rondo, Cousins has few friends among his teammates. Several players privately have complained to management about his mood swings and disrespect for those around him, including his coaches and in particular Karl.
It's hard to imagine the Kings going through with a move to ship their best player out of Sacramento, but they may be hoping to scare him straight. Years of insisting to the media that Cousins wasn't going anywhere likely emboldened, and possibly exhacerbated, moody behavior.
But if Divac is serious about moving on, he'll find no shortage of suitors for the two-time All-Star center.
First in line would be Wizards fans, who have been vocal about wanting to reunite point guard John Wall with his former Kentucky teammate and close friend, Cousins.
There's a lot to love about Cousins' game, obviously. He averaged 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last season, and he's not even a liability at the free throw line (71.8%). But his volatility shows on the court -- he gives inconsistent effort on defense and led the NBA in technical fouls last season with 17.
Sacramento will be asking for a lot in return for one of the game's best big men. And the Wizards, for their part, don't have a whole lot to offer with only five players under contract (six if you assume they re-sign Bradley Beal).
This is a watch and wait situation.