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Shorter Season and New Lessons Could Prove Costly for Caps

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Hockey is back! After a lengthy (and some would argue unnecessary) lockout, the NHL and players finally came to an agreement. Seats will be filled and jerseys will be sold, but for some teams, such as the Washington Capitals, the damage may have already been done. Still, with a new coach, new faces, and intriguing positional battles, the now solely 2013 could still prove both exciting and educational for a young and talented group that was one goal short of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since new coach Adam Oates’ Capitals team did it back in 1998. Here are a few headlines to keep track of in this abbreviated NHL season for the Washington Capitals.

1. How will the team respond to another coaching and system change?

The 2012-13 season has fans excited for many reasons, but it would be irresponsible to ignore the biggest offseason headline; the hiring of Adam Oates. Many Caps fans will be excited to welcome Oates back to the organization, but many know him as the playmaking center, not the coach. So what will his influence be on this Capitals team? In his introductory press conference, Oates was quoted by ESPN.com as claiming “I really feel the game today is territory. You have to establish territory and protect it.”. What Oates will implement is a style of play that is much of a hybrid between the high powered, run-and-gun offense that was installed by Bruce Boudreau, and the tight checking, defensive style established by Dale Hunter. He will attempt to send a strong forecheck with centers and wingers upon opposing teams in their own defensive zone, while instilling a strong commitment to team defense. Oates’ made a name for himself as the assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils by forcing mistakes from opposing teams’ defenseman with an aggressive forecheck. The idea behind this goes back to territory. In recent history, teams that have gone deep into the playoffs have established a presence in their offensive zone via this aggressive forechecking style. Perfect examples of this can be seen through last years Stanley Cup winners, the Los Angeles Kings, their counterparts and Oates’ old team, the New Jersey Devils, and the Boston Bruins . The pressure that these teams created from their forecheck resulted in ill-advised passes from defensemen and created turnovers in the offensive zone, leading to more offense and goals.

Offense and goals are something that Capitals fans would love to see more of from their beloved captain Alex Ovechkin. While 38 goals and 65 points is nothing to snuff at for any player, it was by far Ovechkin’s worst totals for his career and has left fans wondering if the “Great 8” will ever recapture that magic that made him one of the league’s most exciting players. It is believed that a large reason that contributed to General Manager George McPhee’s hiring of Oates had to do with the development of Ilya Kovalchuck’s game in becoming more a more “complete” hockey player. Under Oates, Kovalchuck became a more responsible player in his own defensive zone, even contributing on the penalty kill. He also regained some of the offensive firepower that he was best known for under Oates, seeing his highest offensive output in goals and points since the 2008 season. The hope and belief is that Oates might be able to achieve some of these same results and rejuvenate Ovechkin back to his Art Ross Trophy and two-time MVP form.

With a new, more aggressive style of offense, a commitment to good team defense through solid positional play, and a more complete and offensively potent Alex Ovechkin, Adam Oates may find just the right recipe for success with a Caps team that is desperate for playoff success.

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The Best Goalie Gear of 2012

Professional goalies especially in the NHL have an opportunity that most goalies or hockey players generally don’t have, customizing their own equipment. Some guys decide to take the conservative route and use basic color schemes with white or black base colors, and a select few goalies in the NHL decide to stand out and make sure they’re noticed throughout the entire arena. Today we honor those men. This list consists of some of the best and  most unique goalie gear of the 2011- 2012 season.

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Tom Daly’s 2012 NHL Mock Draft 2.0

1. Edmonton- Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)

Yakupov is far and away the favorite to be selected 1st overall. In 42 games played Yakupov had 31 Goals and 38 Assists this season and 101 total points last season with the Sarnia Sting. If selected by Edmonton, Yakupov will likely be wearing an Oilers sweater opening night.

2. Columbus- Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)

Columbus needs help at every position and Murray will bring character and leadership to the defensive side of the bench. The Captain of Everett finished out this season with 9 Goals and 22 Assists in 46 games played. Look for Columbus to trade out of the #2 spot if Edmonton takes Murray #1.

3. Montreal- Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksands (Allsvenskan)

With the potential buyout of Scott Gomez’s contract, Forsberg would be a good replacement in the Habs’ top 6. Forsberg brings with him great size and a passion for the game.

4. New York Islanders- Griffin Reinhardt, D, Edmonton (WHL)

At 6’4″ and 204lbs Reinhart is one of the biggest d-men in this draft class. Along with his size he is an offensive minded puck moving defenseman with 12 Goals and 24 Assists this season. Reinhart could potentially be a nice fit paired with Mark Streit or Calvin de Haan.

5. Toronto- Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)

Galchenyuk spent most of this season out of the lineup recovering from a knee injury. Galchenyuk had 31 Goals, 52 Assists and 52 PIMS in the 2010-2011 season for Sarnia. He was also linemates with Nail Yakupov last season.

6. Anaheim- Mikhail Grigorenko, RW, Quebec (QMJHL)

With the potential loses of Teemu Selanne, Jason Blake and Niklas Hagman to Free Agency this offseason Anaheim cannot afford to pass him up. Grigorenko had 40 Goals and 45 Assists for Quebec this season.

7. Minnesota- Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

Rielly also missed a lot of playing time this season recovering from a knee injury. In 18 games played this season Rielly had 3 Goals and 15 Assists.

8. Carolina- Jacob Trouba, D, US-Under 18 (USAH-NTDP)

With Carolina’s log jam at the Forward position and 2 over 30 year old defensemen (Jaroslav Spacek and Bryan Allen) hitting unrestricted free agency this offseason, Jacob Trouba should be the pick at #8. Trouba is a tough defenseman with a lot to offer and could help Carolina deal with the potential loses on defense.

9. Winnipeg- Teuvo Teravainen, RW, Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)

I believe that picking Teravainen at the 9th pick is a reach because of his size (5-11 and 165lbs) but his puck handling ability is extraordinary. He could be worth the risk for the Jets

10. Tampa Bay- Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)

Lightning G.M. Steve Yzerman would have no choice but to pick Dumba if he was still available at the 10th pick. In 69 games played this season Dumba picked up 20 goals and 37 assists for the Rebels.

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Crashing The Net- 5/30/12

Segment 01- Tom and Mike talk about the Los Angeles Kings and the Western Conference playoffs.

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Segment 02- Tom and Mike talk about the Washington Capitals’ playoff run and the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Crashing The Net- 3/29/12

Segment 01- Tom and Mike begin this episode talking about the Washington Capitals’ late push for the playoffs and if the Caps can get it done.

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Segment 02- Tom and Mike talk about the Western Conference playoff picture and potential 1st round match ups.

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Seg 03- Tom and Mike finish up this episode discussing the Eastern Conference playoff race, potential 1st round match ups and predict the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Crashing The Net- 3/5/12

Segment 01- Tom and Mike start this week’s show talking about the trades that happened this past week in the NHL and what happened during the NHL Trade Deadline.

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Segment 02- Tom and Mike continue to talk about the trades that happened during the NHL Trade Deadline.

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Segment 03- Have the Washington Capitals hit rock bottom?

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Tom Daly’s 2012 NHL Mock Draft

Draft Order: Standings as of 1/23/12

1)   Columbus Blue Jackets- Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)

Yakupov is far and away the favorite to be selected 1st overall. Yakupov has 22 Goals and 33 Assists so far this season and 101 total points last season with the Sarnia Sting. If selected by Columbus, Yakupov would more than likely be skating with Rick Nash and Jeff Carter on the top line opening night.

2)   Edmonton Oilers- Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksands (Sweden)

Assuming Ryan Smyth or Ales Hemsky leaves Edmonton via Free Agency, Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle will take their spot on the top line. Filip Forsberg would be able to take Hall or Eberle’s spot on 2nd or 3rd line.

3)   Carolina Hurricanes- Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)

With Carolina’s log jam at the Forward position and 2 over 30 year old defensemen (Jaroslav Spacek and Bryan Allen) hitting unrestricted free agency this offseason, Ryan Murray is a no-brainer at the 3rd pick. Murray is the Captain for Everett with 7 Goals, 12 Assists and 23 PIMS in 25 games played.

4)   Anaheim Ducks- Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)

A lot of mock drafts have Grigorenko going to Edmonton at #2 and some even have him going #1 to Columbus, but this one doesn’t; unless Anaheim’s record allows them to pick earlier. Either way they’ll take Grigorenko. With the potential loses of Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Jason Blake and Niklas Hagman to Free Agency this offseason Anaheim cannot afford to pass him up. Grigorenko has 28 Goals and 37 Assists for Quebec so far this season.

5)   Buffalo Sabres- Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)

Dumba is an option for Buffalo because they are relatively young up front and getting up there in age on defense. Dumba has 37 total points and 53 PIMS so far this season for Red Deer and has been compared to Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.

6)   Montreal Canadiens- Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)

Galchenyuk had surgery on his knee and has been out so far this year. That being said, he is still a good pick at #6. Galchenyuk had 31 Goals, 52 Assists and 52 PIMS in the 2010-2011 season for Sarnia. Galchenyuk was also linemates with Nail Yakupov last season.

7)   New York Islanders- Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)

At 6’4″ and 204lbs Reinhart is one of the biggest d-men in this draft class. Along with his size he is an offensive minded puck moving defenseman with 11 Goals and 14 Assists so far this season. Reinhart could potentially be a nice fit paired with Mark Streit or Calvin de Haan.

8)   Tampa Bay Lightning- Andrei Vasilevski, G, (Tolpar Ufa MHL)

With a GAA of 2.03 and a Save % of .953 Vasilevski helped Russia win a Silver Medal in this year’s World Juniors. Vasilevski will be battling with Mathieu Garon for the starting role if Dwayne Roloson doesn’t return and Tampa is pretty shallow at the Goalie position to begin with.

9)   Phoenix Coyotes- Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda HC (Sweden)

Collberg is a reach here but the Coyotes need a lot. Collberg plays the fast and discipline driven game that Phoenix likes to use. In the 2012 World Juniors Collberg has 4 Goals, 3 Assists and 0 PIMs in 6 games.

10) Calgary Flames- Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

Rielly is still dealing with a lower body injury but is expected back to Moose Jaw before the end of the season. Rielly has been compared to Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and in 18 games played this season Rielly has 3 Goals and 15 Assists.

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