Saying what must be said about the Washington Capitals

The Caps finally have a coach that can get them to beyond their normal 1st or 2nd round playoff visits and they come into camp out of shape? I have zero problem with them being clueless about the system and the learning period required to gain muscle memory but they are professional hockey players right? I watched a bunch of hockey this weekend and some teams look like they haven't missed a beat. Some of the Caps look like they just rolled off the couch after a few months on a Bon-Bon binge.

Now there are some qualifiers that in fairness to the Caps I must acknowledge. None of them knew when they would be back. That said there is a clear difference between the guys who took the extra time off to not only stay in great shape but improve themselves versus the some of the Caps. This is the second game that Adam Oates flat out said they lacked energy. How do you lack energy for your home opener?  Is that even possible?

Let me put on my professional hat for a second. Hockey is the way you feed, clothe and provide for yourself and your family. How could you not take the time to get/keep yourself in the best shape or improve your conditioning? This speaks to a lack of professionalism of the individuals that did not come back in-shape enough to just make this a learning transition. I expect Coach Oates to live with the situation he inherited this season mostly because he really does not have much choice but he came from the Mike Keenan and Ron Wilson schools of hockey so I guarantee you that next season he's going to come down on the guys that remain like a bag of anvils. Oates was a guy that was not drafted high if drafted at all so he had to work extra hard for everything he got. I can only imagine how angry he is beneath his calm exterior presentation. Some of these guys are taking for granted everything Oates had to work insanely hard for.

I am disappointed because we finally have a Coach that can achieve great things and some of our players did not have enough discipline/intestinal fortitude to stay in shape so they could give their team a chance to compete this season. We all knew going in that learning the system to the point of muscle memory would take time but coming back out of shape just retards the process. I love the Caps but this is spirit crushing. Based on their first two performances the expectation level is dropping to the point where the best hope is that in 20-25 games they start to at least show they are on the same page with regard to the Oates system which will mirror what you saw in New Jersey last season and a little of what Tampa is doing power play wise. Don't knock it because New was a Cup finalist last season. Are these guys serious about winning or what? That is a legitimate question to ask.


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Games is a place where everybody should be disciplined work to gather for a specific goal. I like to play and enjoy Hockey, It needs some extra energy . Body balance and strong coordination. without this , there is more chance to happen injury!! BTW, A coach is essential for any kind of game, when it is the hockey, it must need a good and expert coach like Adam Oates.
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Games play an important role to keep healthy in both physically and mentally.
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I read totally and get more helpfull. I can only imagine how angry he is beneath his calm exterior presentation. Some of these guys are taking for granted everything Oates had to work insanely hard for.
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