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Hamrlik says Caps still aren’t following Hunter’s system

Mar 19, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

Another day, another story about the Washington Capitals failing to execute the game plan.

This time it’s defenseman Roman Hamrlik trumpeting the need to buy what coach Dale Hunter is selling.

“When you play the game long enough you know how to play,” Hamrlik said, as per “We haven’t changed the system. We should know the system. The coaches believe in the system and we should believe in it, too.

“We need to stick with it for 60 minutes. Otherwise, you go other ways. Some guys go one way, some guys go the other way. That’s not going to work. We have to play 20 guys together and compete every shift.”

Hunter’s been imploring his troops to chip and chase when the opponent stacks the blue line, which for professional hockey players isn’t exactly rocket science.

He also advocates a man-on-man defense, which probably isn’t drawn up like this:

  1. dagnats - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    as a caps fan, I am looking forward to an overhaul this summer…what Hamerlik is saying goes with the notion that there are prima donnas on the team doing their own thing…I think we can figure out who they are…

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      8, 28, 52, 74

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        2 of them are definitely gone after this season.

      • sonagain - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        I disagree with #28. He’s very good defensively and has totally turned around his game under Hunter. One of the best 2-way forwards on the Caps. Ovi, however, still does not know how to or is unwilling to play defense. Carlson has definitely looked bad. 52 seems to be figuring it out.

  2. wabakimi - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I’m starting to lose hope that 8 is willing to stop “doing his own thing.” He seems more interested in the occasional highlight reel goal instead of working with his teammates to score more consistently. It’s too bad that the other Caps players and Caps fans have nine more years of this selfishness to look forward to.

  3. drewsylvania - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Was Ovechkin “selfish” when the Caps were doing really well?

    • dagnats - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Yes…yes he was, he just finished a lot more than he does now…he also looks like he doesn’t care as much now…more effort was given back then…

  4. jagrbomb18 - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Caps fans are the most made up fans in the league…like Tampa fans in baseball…

    • dagnats - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      I can tell there wasn’t a lot of thought with your comment….

    • rg3isvictory - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Typical Pa fan with nothing to add to the conversation except for an unfounded statement based in stupidity more than anything else. Fortunately I don’t expect much from that fan base in the thought department. Stay Classy!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Whatever dude. Not every place is a major market, despite having a mediocre crowd, we play in the toughest division in baseball and we’re the Wild Card or Division Winner almost on a yearly basis now… You’re in arguably the weakest division in the League… You guys are on the downfall. Utley is done, Howard will have problems, and Papelbon will blow MANY saves for you this year… We have a low payroll… You have a high payroll… And I bet you when it’s all said and done, Tampa will have a better record than you Philly Trash Bags

  5. ravenscaps48 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    And no, I’m not a bandwagon fan. I have over 65 Game Tickets from Tropicana Field and Camden Yards in a binder from all of my sporting events ( Including Opening Day on March 31, 1998 against Detroit )

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