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Caps’ Ward will bring Trotz expertise to locker room

Jul 26, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

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If there’s one guy in the Washington Capitals locker room that knows a thing about new coach Barry Trotz, it’s Joel Ward.

Ward played for Trotz in Nashville for three seasons before signing with the Capitals in 2011. As Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post shared, he’s looking forward to playing for his old coach and teaching his teammates a few of his tricks.

“I think now I’ve got to tell some guys a few things,” Ward said, laughing, even though he already had. “It’s definitely been a good relationship in the past and hopefully keep that going. Definitely I can always teach a few guys some of the tendencies and some of the things that we’ve done back in Nashville that I’m sure he’ll carry over.”

Ward established himself in Nashville under Trotz and was a playoff hero for the Predators in the 2010-11 postseason when he scored seven goals and had 13 points in 12 games. That performance paid off with a four-year, $12 million deal to play for Washington.

The main guy he’ll probably want to chat with is Alex Ovechkin as there’s already people wondering how those two will get along. As it is, Trotz has already warned that some guys may not be big fans of how he does things.

  1. lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Trotz and Ovi will get along fine. Neither of them have expressed any worry about the relationship they’ll have–the only people who have are non-Washington based media. People like Ward, a great locker room guy, will make the transition easier as well. While Ward’s shooting percentage last year was definitely unrealistically high, his work ethic has made him one of my favorite Caps with Laich and Backstrom. Such heart and very underrated, solid skillset. I think he can emulate his success from last year. I’m not expecting a Cup, but I really do think this can be a top-10 team again if Trotz gets everybody working together. I’m excited, hoping for a revived Green, Ovi and Backsy being themselves, continued development from Carlson and Johansson, and a full season of Kuznetsov. And that’s if Burakovsky doesn’t make the team–he’s gonna be sick.

    • phtjoey - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      What else did you expect Ovi and Trotz to say about their relationship? Truth is nobody knows how it will play out. The success of the Caps will depend on Ovi and team buying into Trotz’s system.

    • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      “the main guy he’ll probably want to ‘chat’ with is Alex Ovechkin’ … Yerdon

      You can easily tell that this Joel Ward fellow is a ‘good’ guy … and it’s also easy to deduce that he’s obviously ‘pro’ Tortz and that he’s ‘ready & able’ to do that which now ‘needs’ to be done in terms of the parasite Ovechkin. So trust me friends, there’s going to be a little ‘chat’ alright ! :)

  2. quinner17 - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    This team will never win the cup with Ovi as captain. Needs a culture change bad

    • lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Ovi puts his heart on the line for the Caps and wants to win a Cup for Washington more than anybody. He may not be great in certain aspects of the game (defense), but he also may have not been taught that those aspects of the game are key to his and the teams success. Trotz will teach him that. The team has a lot of great locker room guys like Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Jason Chimera who can lead as well. I’m a Caps fan and I like Ovi as our captain. He is this team. You say we need a culture change and that’s what Trotz is going to bring–I think the closest this team has come to winning the Cup since Ovi has been on the team was with Dale Hunter (Brooks Laich has had similar things). Trotz preaches the same sort of accountability and team-first structure but will also likely give more offensive freedom to Ovi and Backstrom, which is good. Things are going to turn around.

      • phtjoey - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Don’t you think Boudreau, Hunter and Oates tried to help Ovi improve his d game? Heart? C’mon! A player with heart doesn’t glide on the back check. Even he knows that. A leader with heart puts time in the weight room. Ovi doesn’t do that.

      • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Complete BS !!!

        The only thing Ovechkin ‘puts his heart on the line for’ is padding his own personal scoring stats ! You know that, Ovechkin knows that and so does everyone else including ‘Joe Blow’ in Katmandu !

        summary: Lowenni and the ‘stone thrower’ Patthehockeyfan are Ovechkin sycophants !

    • capsnbohs23 - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      This might be the billionth time ive heard this and probably most caps fans have heard this, we get it, find another player on the team to attack, the ovi bashing is getting boring, especially in the offseason

      • lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. Until Ovi lifts the Cup it isn’t gonna stop though. It’s too bad…people love to love and love to hate Ovi. After the lockout season when he basically singlehandedly led the Caps to the playoffs and won the Hart everyone was praising his abilities and work ethic in turning the Caps season around–after they miss the playoffs this year, it’s all his fault. Not the horrendous defense (managed by the coaches, not Ovechkin), or questionable coaching of Adam Oates–it was Ovi’s 50+ goals that were the problem. Definitely makes sense….

      • capsnbohs23 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        I really like how under Hunter when the team played better defensively but his points total dropped, everyone called him washed up but now everyone wants him to play better defense and not worry about scoring goals. I guess 50 goals, 100+ points, a +50, a rocket richard, a ted lindsay, a conn smythe, and a stanley cup next season might, key word “might”, shut the trolls up

      • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Why don’t you sheep just return to your pasture ? … your shepherd (controller) Ovechkin is calling you eh ?

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    And once again, thanks PHT for the daily Ovechkin post. Life wouldn’t be normal without the Ovi-haters’ comments. Even on a Ward – Trotz story.

    • lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      It’s not an Ovi article, it’s about third line player Joel Ward and his experience with Barry Trotz. Ovi haters just made it one.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        I know, lowenni. Any article about the Caps (and some not about them) becomes an Ovi-bashing free for all. A couple of days ago, I asked PHT to post a daily article on Ovechkin just so these Ovi-haters can get their ya-ya’s out.

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/23/new-caps-regime-plans-to-keep-ovechkin-at-rw-for-now/

        Ditto for the article yesterday that included a blurb about Trotz and his coaching staff:

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/25/pht-morning-skate-trotz-preaches-importance-of-keeping-coaches-on-same-page/comment-page-1/

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        And, they’re out! Ovi-basher #2 – Roy (aka phtjoey). Waiting for his partner, Ovi-basher #3, Siegfried (blomfeld).

      • phtjoey - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Throwing stones again, Pat? What’s your problem exactly? What do you care that comments here don’t always favor Ovi?

      • phtjoey - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        lowenni, are you not the one who first mentioned Ovi under this article?

        “Trotz and Ovi will get along fine. Neither of them have expressed any worry about the relationship they’ll have–the only people who have are non-Washington based media.”

      • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        *** earlier today at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) in Terminal Two ***

        TSA Official: next please …

        Joey & Blomfeld: hello sir … here are our papers !

        TSA Official: hey man, good to have you guys back in town !

        Joey & Blomfeld: right on brother ! … by the way, what’s the latest with our Kings ?

        TSA Official: oh nothing much … just enjoying being the ‘greatest’ team in the business !

        Joey & Blomfeld: no kidding eh ? … thanks a lot man !

        TSA Official: my pleasure friends … have a great time here ! … next please …

        Pat & Lowenni: hi there rent-a-cop, here’s our papers ! … tee hee hee !

        TSA Official: “……………………..”

        Pat & Lowenni: say, that Ovechkin sure is something eh ?

        TSA Official: “……………………..”

        Pat & Lowenni: um, like is there a problem here or something ?

        TSA Official: guards, if you please ? …

        Pat & Lowenni: wait a minute man ! … like what’s going on here ?

        Guards: here’s what’s going on you idiots ! … KAPOW !!! .. KABOOM !!! .. KAZAAM !!!

        ________________________________

        summary: the LA Kings are a ‘good’ thing, while Ovechkin and his sycophants are a ‘bad’ thing …

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

      • lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        @blomfeld, I was the first to mention Ovi as a response to Yerdon’s closing statement:
        “The main guy he’ll probably want to chat with is Alex Ovechkin as there’s already people wondering how those two will get along. As it is, Trotz has already warned that some guys may not be big fans of how he does things.”

        My point was that the article was about Joel Ward and his past experience with Trotz and making the TEAMS transition easier, but yet people made it out to be about the potential shaky relationship between Ovi and Trotz. And I said that “Trotz and Ovi will get along fine. Neither of them have expressed any worry about the relationship they’ll have–the only people who have are non-Washington based media.”

      • blomfeld - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Lowenni …

        look pal, I’m gonna level with you and give it to you square … the bottom line is that Alexander Ovechkin is nothing more than a new-age, ersatz, parasitic, hot-dogging, childish, narcissistic ‘self-serving’ leach … and the sooner you people ‘rid’ yourself of his ‘me-me-me’ ways the better ! … the fact is that I actually ‘care’ for you Capitals, as I still rejoice at the fact that you people hired the ‘first ever’ brother to play in the NHL (Mike Marsden) … and I love Russians, as Vladislav Tretiak is my favorite player of all time ! … nonetheless, you people now need to get your heads ‘out of the sand’ and get with the program ! … please see things for what they truly are !

        signed, comrade Blomfeld / a lukewarm yet ‘caring’ fan of the Washington Capitals

        executive summary: Alexander Ovechkin equals a House of Sand !!!!!!!

    • Joe Yerdon - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      You’re welcome?

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        :)

    • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Stop ‘hurting’ us ! … stop throwing stones at us !

  4. capsnbohs23 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Does anyone else just skip right past Blomfelds comments on here? I fear it might make people dumber if they take time and read it. Kings fan since 2012!

    • i1theinternet - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      my guess is any down-votes you get are because you included that you’re a kings fan…or are from blomfeld himself. in all seriousness, i’m beginning to think he’s mentally ill.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        My guess is that blomfeld thumbed down capsnbohs23’s comment. I believe caps meant that blomfeld is the Kings’ fan since 2012.

        Curious – I understand that that capsnboh23 is a Washington Capitals’ fan; I’m not sure I understand the ‘boh.’ Is that Natty Boh?

      • capsnbohs23 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        indeed, natty boh

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