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Predlines Headlines: Another Coach Bites the Dust

This morning, the Washington Capitals fired head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee.

After the Nashville Predators dismissed Barry Trotz as their bench boss earlier this month, Trotz was adamant about wanting to continue to be a coach at the NHL level. Defense has been an issue for the Capitals for years now (when you consider Mike Green your top blueliner this will happen), and on at least some level Trotz to Washington makes sense. The move would also re-unite Capitals forward Joel Ward with the coach that gave him his first true shot in the NHL.

Plus, wouldn’t Washington forward Alexander Ovechkin and Trotz together just be must-watch television?

Puck Daddy details the steady decline in Washington and explains why it was time for change. 

To me it kind of feels like Washington may have missed their Stanley Cup window, but with Ovechkin still firing on all cylinders the Capitals have to think they’re just a couple pieces away from a championship run. 

The picture of consistency over the past decade plus, the Milwaukee Admirals qualified for the postseason for the 12th-consecutive year. Game one didn’t go so well last night, however, as the Admirals were beaten down 6-2 by the Toronto Marlies.

Daniel Lavender has a long list of player and coach soundbites after last night’s contest.

I also gave a recap of the game, you can read that here. The first round of the AHL playoffs is a best-out-of-five format and Milwaukee is certainly behind the eight ball after such a lopsided loss. They’ll have to win tonight before the series shifts to Toronto if they want to stick around in the postseason for very long at all.

Former Predators forward David Legwand is facing elimination when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Boston Bruins this afternoon. Detroit was able to claim their 23rd-straight playoff birth earlier this month, but the club hasn’t had many answers for the mighty Bruins.

NHL.com previews what might be the final game of the season for the Red Wings.  

With captain Henrik Zetterberg‘s return in game four, Legwand received fourth line minutes for a large portion of the contest. How high of a priority Detroit deems re-signing Legwand to be will be interesting to see this summer. 

 

Thomas Willis is the Manager/Editor of Predlines.com and can be reached at [email protected]For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH

Tags: Barry Trotz David Legwand Head Coach Joel Ward Nashville Predators Playoffs Washington Capitals

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