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Video: Roenick, Milbury discuss Washington’s lack of chemistry, leadership

Feb 23, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

Following the Capitals’ 5-2 defeat in Ottawa last night — their third loss in a row — NHL on NBC analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick performed an autopsy on a lifeless Washington squad.

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Milbury’s point about Hunter’s lack of NHL coaching experience is a good one. Hunter’s gone with the blunt, no-nonsense approach right from the get-go, a style that served him well at the junior level but is far more difficult to pull off in the NHL.

This isn’t to say the hard-line approach can’t work in the NHL — coaches like John Tortorella and the Sutters have used it to great effect — but Hunter has nowhere near the resume as those guys.

Simply put, it’s fair to suggest Hunter hasn’t picked his spots well. He’s publicly criticized/benched Washington’s three most veteran players — Mike Knuble, Roman Hamrlik and Tomas Vokoun — which has coincided with the Caps falling into complete disarray. Those are pretty big battles for a rookie bench boss with 38 games of head coaching experience, especially dealing with a team of *ahem* strong personalities.

  1. solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    It’s what Dale Hunter damn well deserves…

  2. bethgoesglobal - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Really? You’re still back there? That was like 20 years ago!! Get over it already!

    • dagnats - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      yeah…plus its the flyers

    • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      What could a rat with average hockey skills at best possibly teach guys like Ovi, Backstrom, Green?

      Hunter knows nothing more than a simple 2 way game that doesn’t exploit his players’ natural talents, which is why there’s a major chemistry issue in the locker room right now.

      On the other hand, Bill Belichick is a master because he adapts to his players. As defensive coordinator for the Giants he won Super Bowls by letting cokeheads like Lawrence Taylor rush on every down because they couldn’t remember the coverages by the time the ball was snapped.

      Imagine what a coach like Belichick could do with all the cokeheads on the Capitals.

      • tribesofneurot - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        I wish I could give a million thumbs up to this.
        Hunter was a POS when he was a player.
        He ranks up there with Claude Lemieux as a scumbag for what he did to Draper.

      • tribesofneurot - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Or this

      • tribesofneurot - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        But this is the best

      • bcjim - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        I thought there was going to be a crackdown on trolls around here…

        Whatever, haters gonna hate. Caps fans know why 32 is hanging in the rafters.

      • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM


        When Hunter’s jersey was retired he was presented with the actual penalty box from the old arena.

        So the reason why his jersey was retired was for violating the NHL rulebook more than anybody else.

        Now that’s twisted logic.

      • natswizskincap - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Tribesofneurot is always crying and trolling on Caps post!!! Maybe we can start a fund for this loser so he can buy a few Tampons for that dripping slit between his legs!!! Quick, somebody tied his hairy palms together.
        , Maybe then he’ll find a new hobby!!!

        – In regards to Dale Hunter it’s clear he is an average coach for the Caps. I’m hearing the fire Dale and trade Semin talk from all the local media. How can Semin be blamed(or Ovi, Backstrom and Green) for the major shift in type of play? You didn’t draft these guys because of their defensive prowess! You create an offensive juggernaut and then failed at switching the system without overhauling the talent!!! Caps need to return to the HIGH-OCTANE system that made them exciting and let the chips fall where they may.

      • tribesofneurot - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        Hahahaha!!! You are killing me.
        I am not going anywhere.So deal dbag.

      • bethgoesglobal - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        I never said I thought Hunter was doing a bang up job in DC. In fact I think he’s gonna have to go but to say that he deserves to fail because of his play 20 years ago is just stupid.

      • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        The video is an illustration of what a terrible person, player and coach Dale Hunter is.

        There are too many rats holding positions of power within the NHL and the media that it’s ruined the game.

  3. kicksave1980 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM


    I’ve never been a Dale Hunter fan, but you’re argument would have more merit if he hadn’t previously coached guys like Patrick Kane, Sam Gagner, Sergei Kostitsyn, Kyle Quincey, John Erskine, etc. Sure, it was junior, but he can obviously coach the offensive game.

    The problem with Washington is the same as it’s been for the last 5 years.

    • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      He sure does have a long list of fines, suspensions and even an arrest while coaching in junior.

      This is in addition to receiving the longest suspension in NHL history.

  4. bear654 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Nash for Ovechkin!!!

    • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Or Patrick Kane for Ovechkin…

      One cokehead for another.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    @ solador.. Do us all a favor and keep your dumb trolling comments to yourself. You are the only one giving yourself a thumbs up to your arm chair couching couch hockey or have you played at a pro level…NO. Its so easy to sit at your computer and think you know it all. Worry about your team, which im sure is the pens, cause you sound like a bandwagon hockey fan that doesn’t know a thing.

    • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Welcome to the internet. I see you’re new here.

      I hope my thumbs-up makes you feel better.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        wow that was fast..slow day at the rink couch thumbs-down

      • solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Stay classy

  6. govtminion - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I miss this site’s pre-troll-fest days.

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      they’re really killing the fun

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