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We’re back to take a look at the final couple weeks of the Washington Capitals’ regular season. Plus, Ian wants to tell you more than you ever wanted to know about wearing spandex, and I talk way too fast about Adam Oates and Alex Ovechkin.

Somewhere in there we also discuss the promo skills of the WWE’s Brock Lesnar, discuss different ways to fan out over hockey, and wrap up in time to watch the HIMYM finale (which was awesome, and I totally called it). It gets a little dour and rant-y at times, but I promise we finish on a happy note.

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  • Marky Narc

    Is he asking a question? “LET’S DO THISSSSS??????”

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I ran into some naughtiness with YouTube, so I’ll have the video version up later. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Lawrence

    hahaha Peter, your face: “so disgusted.”

  • Marky Narc

    Awww, Georgia is being totes adorbs on the mic.

  • Marky Narc

    Sorry, SPOILERS

  • Diller M

    They totally gave the finale away a few weeks ago when Ted starated crying during the conversation with the wife….

  • Lawrence

    “…where it failed is when the rest of the team got bad”.

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    Hur Hur Hur, Howe Do I Use De Infernet???….

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  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    I know, right. It’s a Brock Lesnar command!

  • Luke Adomanis

    The coach is a joke. Has no idea what he’s doing. His line combinations and quotes are frightening. They would be better off with no coach than Oates.

  • Zach Evans

    Brouwer just said after practice today, “I feel like we’re trying to change our identity every night.” #coaching

  • Rob W.
  • Marky Narc

    And another important thing to take away from this is that none of these players on this team are “broken.” You could have ice the exact same lineup next season (which obviously won’t happen – players come and go) with a different coach, a different system based more around possession and more logical line combos and they’d be noticeably improved.

    Try as he might, Oates has not broken anyone. Not Holtbeast, not T-Wils, not GreenLife420, not fact-checkin’ Kuz — they just need a better system. One designed to emphasize their strengths and plays hockey more suited to the possession-style game that is hockey in the ’10s.

  • Brouwer Rangers

    12 of Brouwer’s 23 goals, or roughly 52.2%, have come on the power play. PETER!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Bingo. GMGM should’ve done a better job with his forwards and defensive depth, but he still built a playoff team.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    watch the game nerds

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

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    Link directly to the file!

  • Myan

    Let’s face it, you guys are probably the #1 Capitals blog so for you to put out a broadcast with this message…it’s a really big statement and I sincerely hope that the management takes notice. I’m really excited to listen to this :)

  • Marky Narc

    And maybe this is a conversation for a different time, but I don’t think GMG has necessarily done a poor job, recent snafus notwithstanding. He has usually been able to get decent, mostly equitable returns for assets when he ships them out. Now obviously, the ones that fail really stick out like a sore thumb; when GMGM pooches it, he pooches it BADLY.

    But the problem is: his philosophy is to build the team through the draft, not through trades and free agency. (Sidebar: pretty much all teams say this, he’s not unique.) Some teams are more prone than others to raid other rosters for the players they want, but I think GMGM has gone about things the right way – try to draft well, don’t chase after big name free agents in the off-season, and develop in-house.

    However, his track record at the draft is just kinda meh. Yeah, he drafted Ovi and Nick (and others), but they were a #1 and a #4 pick. You *should* get quality players at those spots. Where he’s not done well is finding those quality players deeper in the draft. And given how he espouses a draft-centric philosophy, he deserves to be criticized hard for this. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team began to nosedive more or less around the time he began to drift away from this philosophy and started making trades with a “win now” mentality. That’s when the Ribero trade happened, that’s when the Erat trade happened, that’s when suddenly the prospect pool became shallower.

    I’ll defend GMGM, even if I would give him a C average is asked to assign a letter grade to his tenure so far. But ultimately he’s still responsible for the coaches, scouting staff, and other non-playing personnel. His stock has taken a huge hit in the past few seasons. It’s been great, but he’s had plenty of opportunities to take this team to the next level. He hasn’t be able to do it.

  • Marky Narc

    Whoops, that’s a bit long-winded. That’s been bouncing around my head for a couple weeks now and I had to get it out on the screen.

  • Matt Lauer

    I absolutely agree that Nate Schmidt is the future of the Caps’ defense. (Can I take this to #thebank, or have you guys claimed that?)

  • Stanley Cup in Washington

    Penner, Halak, Laich, Brouwer, Green = $20 mil in cap space.
    Oh, the possibilities

  • Josh Carey

    What is the purpose of lefties on the left and righties on the right? I’ve always thought that righties on the left can keep their stick in the middle of the ice carrying the puck in the O-Zone and get a better angled shot. Does anyone know what the reasoning is?

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    I had such high hopes for this coach. And I have a horribly long fuse. But today’s line combos have finally reached the gigantic pile of dynamite and plutonium and gas that is my brain.

  • Myan

    That was a really great conversation about our issues this season and an honest assessment of what we need to do to right the ship. I had a similar conversation with Justin last night where we agreed that it would take a new GM without emotional attachments to really get us to where we can genuinely compete for a cup. I was really surprised to hear you guys suggest trading Brouwer & Ward because I was under the assumption that I was the only one with those dark thoughts. It’s difficult to talk about trading two guys that are producing for you but when you look at our roster, those are the assets that other teams want and they would probably give us something good in return.

    Kudos for the Orlov love! He’s been awesome these past few weeks and I can only imagine how well he’ll do next season season under a different coach & a different defensive scheme. GO CAPS!

  • Owen Johnson

    7:30 well now Nathan knows how Buster Bluth feels.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Laviolette and Paul Fenton next year please

  • Jonathan Kenny

    That’s a telling comment from Brouwer; only a handful of games left and they are still without a consistent identity. even teams with multiple injuries, e.g. Detroit have an identity.

  • Owen Johnson

    If 9th in the East is rock bottom, I’m okay with that,

  • Chris Cerullo

    The usual pessimism that I love actually turned into optimism by the end which was kinda sweet. We really do have a solid foundation and a deep prospect core that, agreeing with both of you here, can be taken to 08-10 levels if put in the right hands. The next couple years of prospect graduation is looking really nice.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Paraphrasing Oates’ logic without necessarily advocating it:

    The goal is to funnel the puck to the net. This way, they can pass to one another without using the backhand, and they can get shots off with fewer touches.

    Whether that advantage makes up for the rigidity it requires is up for debate.

  • Brett G

    Peter Laviolette please.

  • frowning

    “Good player, tiny player”

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    You may take anyone to #thebank at any time. There are no dibs.

  • DCSportsDork

    How does trading John Erskine and Troy Brouwer for Dan Hamhuis sound during the summer? Who says no?

  • DCSportsDork

    Many thanks once again Peter and Ian for posting another great podcast. Where are you guys getting your background music from? What type of stuff would you recommend because I am tired of hearing Imagine Dragons just because DC101 thinks it’s the only piece of rock and roll that exists in 2014?

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Steckel > Beagle

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Loaded question, but I’ll give it a stab. Right now I’m listening to:

    Shriek by Wye Oak
    English Oceans by Drive-By Truckers
    Morning Phase by Beck
    Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady
    Wig Out at Jagbags by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
    Found by Rival Schools
    Anything in Return by Toro Y Moi
    Nocturnal by Yuna
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me

    I’m also revisiting some older stuff:

    Superunknown by Soundgarden
    The Guest by Phantom Planet

  • Shaun Phillips

    Ups for Superunknown. Such a great album, but so many songs overplayed on it.

  • Shaun Phillips

    It also helps to pick the puck up off the boards. You’re not on your backhand coming off the boards. Also not advocating. Having played on both on and off wing, I didn’t think it made that big of a difference.

  • RESmith

    You are dead on. Those are more or less the points others and I have made about McPhee over the past few years. Particularly the part about drafting better in the middle rounds. The Caps have suffered in organizational depth because of it, particularly in the past few years. You’ve seen it in that Hershey has had to sign AHL vets like Stoa and Jeff Taffe to in order to complete the roster and stay competitive.