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PHT Morning Skate: Trotz preaches importance of keeping coaches on same page

Jul 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz feels that the team will be dysfunctional unless all of the coaches are on the same page. (CSN Washington)

Keaton Ellerby is grateful for the hockey community’s support since his uncle Alvin Liknes, Liknes’ wife, Kathryn, and their five-year-old grandson went missing. (Winnipeg Sun)

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews reflect on winning the Stanley Cup twice. (CSN Chicago)

On that note, here’s a look at how successful teams have been that have tied their fate to a pair of superstar players in the cap era. (SB Nation)

Adrian Dater tells the story about how the Colorado Avalanche were nearly named the Rocky Mountain Extreme. (Denver Post)

Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens had been eyeing a four year deal “for quite some time” before they pulled the trigger. (Canadiens’ website)

  1. phtjoey - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    New coach and revamped back end is only the start for the Caps. Changing the team culture and getting more out of Ovi are keys for this team to have a successful season and a good show in the the playoffs. The window of opportunity for 8 to captain this team to a SC is quickly closing.

    “Alex has got a bit too much glide in his game,” said Trotz.

    “We’re going to work through some things that Ovechkin can improve on to make him a better player,” Trotz said. “If he’s a better player, he’s going to make us a better team.”

    Well said coach. Captains can make their team better if they can toe the line. Will Ovi dare try to become a better player?

    • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      if X = OVECHKIN and Y = TROTZ …

      then Z = X + Y x Z ‘squared’ x 10 + (2x + 6z -1) + z = “2”

      the bottom line is that there can now be only 2 possible outcomes for the Capitals in 2014-15 …

      a) Ovechkin’s parasitism is ‘eliminated’ and coach Trotz carries the day :)

      b) Ovechkin’s parasitism is allowed to ‘flourish’ and coach Trotz is eliminated 😦

      • phtjoey - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        You never cease to entertain. Kudos! Speaking of entertainment. Seems like there is more drama brewing around the AZ Coyotes. Check this out;

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        “Manny has no personal e-mail account” ? …

        LOL !!! :) So apparently this council member (Manny Martinez) who’s approved the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes which is going to cost the taxpayers of Arizona additional untold ‘hundreds’ of millions of wasted dollars, doesn’t have a personal e-mail account ? Truly pathetic and ‘most’ disturbing I say ! :)

        Dearest PHT ‘Joseph’ Esquire …

        We’re pleased to inform you that ‘you’ sir have been selected as a finalist in the 2014 ‘Most Intelligent & Likeable Person’ category of Internet Sports Excellence, as rated by The Times of London and Bloomberg Sports News / New York.

        best regards, Sir Nigel Blomfeld, Editor in Chief @ The Times of London

        “good show, jolly good show” !!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    that Patty Kane and Towes video was legit.. Hate the hawks but damn they are the best combo in the league hands down.

    • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      PFFFT …

      hey Einstein … ever heard of Kopitar & Gaborik ? … or Carter and Toffoli ?

  3. billiam55 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    and its all starts with stripping the C off of Ovi.

    • capsnbohs23 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      no, no it doesnt

      • billiam55 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        lol shut up caps fan

      • capsnbohs23 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        that hurts my feelings

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Actually it ‘does’ start with that you idiot !… and in a better world, the next item on the agenda would be inviting a fool like you to a ‘spaghetti’ dinner !

      • capsnbohs23 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        Blomfeld, Kings fan since 2012

    • govtminion - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Please explain.

      No, seriously. I’m not saying it’s a good or bad idea- we’ve seen having a captain’s ‘C’ removed actually help careers in the past (Marleau, Modano). But… what do you think it means here? Why is this going to be the thing that starts the Capitals and Ovechkin back towards relevancy? With his well-known difficulties getting along with coaches and somewhat… touchy… ego, doesn’t that have the potential to backfire massively?

      No snark intended, I genuinely do want to know why this is your ‘A’-option.

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        PURE PUFFERY !

        Puffery as a legal term refers to promotional statements and claims that express subjective rather than objective views, which no “reasonable person” would take literally. Puffery serves to “puff up” an exaggerated image of what is being described and is especially featured in testimonials.

        Listen up ‘minion’ of the government …

        the bottom line is that ‘both’ Ovechkin and his ‘dwindling’ flock of followers need to be ‘dealt with’ asap ! … and the sooner that happens the better for all ! … especially those of us who are Montreal ‘born’ and who thereby ‘rightfully’ claim an ‘expert’ knowledge of the game as it was ‘meant’ to be played …

        *** examples of various Montreal ‘born’ PHT commenters who are ‘experts’ of the game ***

        – PHTJoey
        – Blomfeld (comrade) :)
        – Valoisvipers

  4. patthehockeyfan - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Thanks, PHT, for the daily Ovechkin article.

    Wait. This wasn’t an Ovi article? Thought so due to the Ovi-bashing comments. My mistake.

    • phtjoey - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Stop throwing stones, Pat.

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Yes woman … stop throwing stones at us !

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Stop trolling every caps “article”. Your insight is useless and not wanted by anyone except for maybe Blomfeld.

      • phtjoey - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Thank you for your input sir, and I respect your opinion. I believe that it is my RIGHT to comment on any article I choose be it a Caps one or others, as I currently do. I suggest you file a complaint with PHT. Have a great day.

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        FU bmoreredfury311 !

        lest you and Patthehockeyfan be invited to dinner …

        “invite the infidel to a grand feast and there offer him a generous fare, laced with poisons … as he succumbs to God’s will, you may hurl stones and cedar logs upon him” … Proverbs 36:2

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Ha Joey bag of donuts and Blomfail are truly pathetic. Sad sad sad little internet trolls and bandwagon king fans. Great insight from you two as always.

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