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Video: PHT Extra — Who’s on the hot seat?

Feb 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

Since we’re basically 20 percent of the way through the lockout-shortened 48-game season, Brough and I figured this would be as good a time as any to discuss who’s posterior is getting warm.

So, who’s on the hot seat?

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The George McPhee choice shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given Washington’s awful start and the fact he’s constantly trying to shift (or, re-invent) the Caps’ identity…with mixed results.

As for Mike Yeo — yes, I recognize it’s a bit of a stretch, especially since he’s only had one full season on the job. But the idea isn’t coming out of thin air. For more, be sure to read Bruce Brothers’ latest piece in the Pioneer Press, written after Minnesota’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Phoenix on Monday night.

“This is what it looks like when the wheels come off,” he writes. “The Wild are juggling their lines, calling guys up from the minors, making trades and holding players-only meetings.”

  1. killerpgh - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Why can I see some video and other I can’t? For instances there is no video here for me to click on, but I can watch the Rinaldo/Crombeen fight video. I’m sure it has something to do with using an iPad, but doesn’t make sense to me way it not all or none.

    • lesleyvissersfacelift - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Me too. iPhone.

    • jernster21 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      I think some (NBC based) are embedded videos from a source other than youtube, and the functional ones are youtube videos.

  2. capsfan19 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    If the caps want to win a stanley cup, a major overhaul is in order. Major. Weve danced it around it for a long time because king/emperor/lord/fat cat that bathes in his money each night ted leonsis is so concerned about a money machine a s opposed to a hockey team and puts his fingers in everything.
    Im a huge fan but this aint winning a stanley cup tean in the shape its in. I feel bad for oates because he was something alot of caps fans got excited for. And im not saying all the blame is on him but he too could be a target along with gm gm in the offseason this year (which will be an early one, dont want to get anyones hopes up for the overly-optimistic, unrealistic caps fan).
    This is maddening. Backstrom playing like garbage. Carlson, just signed a real nice contract, garbage. Holtby, major force in winning the boston series, garbage. Rediculous line sequences, line changes mid-game, stupid penalties by the same players (that means you chimera). What else could go wrong? Oh yes ovi deciding to play center. That would be icing on this great big fat ugly cake that was baked up for caps fans.
    Im sorry for the rant, but im sure most caps fans alike will agree. If not ur a moron and arent actually watching this team. But who knows, the trade window remains open. Who knows. I pray im wrong and will offer any sort of sacrifice to prove im wrong!

    • mp1113 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      if anyone goes its GMGM, hes taken the teams young talent and basically traded it away for nothing. The riberio trade is the only one recently that has worked out cause he is the only one getting points this year even though hes like 30% at faceoffs just like the rest of the team. Anyway, they need to get a few wins in a row and get back to .500 and try and get something going in the right direction but if they keep giving up ridiculous goals (neuvy and poti tonight was classic) and taking penalties this season will be in the books before the mid way point

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Gretzky as replacement? Hahaha

  3. billsin20xx - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    RUFF needs to go!!! His seat shouldn’t be hot anymore, because he shouldn’t be in it!!!!

  4. vindicatus - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Yeo on the hot seat!? How can that be??? Aren’t the Wild supposed to be challenging the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final this year? Best Up-and-Coming Team vs Best Team on Paper… no?

  5. stakex - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    If George McPhee isn’t fired fairly soon, I will be quite suprised.

    Just three years ago the Caps were an offensive juggernaut that was dangerous as all hell, and was a ton of fun to watch even if you weren’t a Caps fan. They might have had some trouble in the playoffs, but it wasn’t hard to think any one of those Caps teams back then could have gone to the cup with some slight adjustments in the playoffs. Now? I can’t see them even making the playoffs.

    McPhee’s decision to turn a Caps team, that was build to be an offensive nightmare, into a defense first sleep fest, has clearly not worked. They can’t score, they can’t keep the puck out of their own net, and no matter who trys to coach this defensive style system its not working with this group of players… in fact they are getting worse. I mean what are they going to do, fire Oates and keep blaming the coach? Its time to fix the real problem…. which gives you two options:

    1. Clean house with the players. Use Green and Ovechkin as trade chips to bring in high-end defense first players that might actually fit into the system McPhee just won’t let go of. Accept that a couple years might be lost re-building the team, and just suffer through it.

    Of course thats not going to happen…. so that brings us to the more likely option:

    2. Fire George McPhee. He might have created one of the most dangerous teams in recent memory… but he has since destroyed it and made several questionable decisions. Get rid of him, and bring in a new GM who won’t try to force a new system on his players, but instead build a system around the players he has.

    • rsl22 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      It would be stupid to trade Green. He’s the best defenseman the Caps have, and would be impossible to replace. He’s 4th on the team in scoring and the only D that is a + player. And he’s 4th in total minutes played in the NHL, and top ten in the league in minutes played per game.

      The fact is, this Caps team isn’t perfect. But with some luck and patience, it could certainly be a Cup contender. Getting back Dmitri Orlov and Brooks Laich will help, but they may not make the playoffs this year.

      If they manage to add Seth Jones in the entry draft, to go with Kuznetsov, Forsberg, Wilson and Grubauer, that is a team worth watching.

      Firing McPhee or not, the structure is in place to compete for a Cup in the next couple years.

  6. gocaps8 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    “Mr. Burke, I have Ted Leonsis on the line.”

    • jeremyroenickdanceparty - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      oh hell no

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