Photo: Bruce Bennett
In a season that has been inordinately long and drama-filled, here comes MOAR drama! On Tuesday, Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates announced that Jaroslav Halak would not start against his old team because Halak reportedly said he didn’t feel “100% comfortable” playing. Halak then spent most of the afternoon getting criticized by local and national media for a lack of desire and toughness. We thought this conversation should have stayed private.
Halak’s agent, Allan Walsh, has issued a statement and apparently he agrees with us. I hope you’re ready for some venom, Oatesy.
Allan Walsh, Octagon Hockey’s sports agent supreme, represents a whole bunch of NHL players, including our own grinding forward/ice cheetah Jason Chimera. Walsh, who spent six years prosecuting gang bangers before making the jump to hockey, is a bit of a bulldog on social media. Even before the 2012 lockout, Walsh had built a reputation of provocation and antagonism towards management, the league, and the press. On Thursday, Walsh showed his softer side, inviting everyone to a friendly Q&A on the #walshachat hashtag.
We wanted to ask him something smart, but it’s August.
Vokoun shuts the door in the shootout. (Photo credit: Mitchell Layton)
This certainly wasn’t what Tomas Vokoun had in mind for his first game as a Washington Capital. Five goals. Bronx cheers. And, surprisingly, a win.
“It just shows how strong this team is,” Vokoun told reporters after Monday’s 6-5 shootout victory. “They literally won today without goaltending. So what can I say? … It was just ugly, ugly, ugly game for me.”
“It’s the first game, obviously you want to leave a good impression for the fans and everything,” he continued. “Couldn’t tell you the last time I remember having as bad a game as I did tonight. But we won the game, certainly not thanks to me. The team play great. I think it shows a lot of character, guys battle, came back four times. I’m going to make a promise I’m going to get them back sometime when they’re going to need me.”
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