Ramblings: Caps talk, Preds talk, Wilson, Waddell, Tolvanen and more (May 14)



Ramblings: Caps talk, Preds talk, Wilson, Waddell, Tolvanen and more (May 14)


The Hurricanes lost a coach that I feel they wanted to keep. So them giving Rod Brind’Amour a chance – I’m fine with. He was an assistant for six years and to me he was always one of those players who had natural leadership and mentoring skills. But… Don Waddell?

Waddell was general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers for 11 years, and after putting together an expansion roster that posted a 308-401-111 record. And for that brilliance he was promoted to president, and under his guidance the team was moved to another country. He didn’t go with them. And with that track record, he’s the best man for the job of turning the Hurricanes around. Of course he is.

Could Waddell be the man in charge of two teams before they move to another country? That would be something.


I had some blowback from that tweet last week, and I understood and understand that the Caps are the weakest team still left and that Nicklas Backstrom was either going to miss some time or he’d be playing with one hand. But sometimes heart and determination mean a lot. A close friend of mine has always beat me in tennis. And for the last few years I’ve been in better shape and frankly because of it I think I’m a better player now. Still can’t beat him. Last time we played was two years ago, because last summer was a write-off for me. I had a 4-0 lead. Still lost. I crumbled in confidence and he willed the win. I think that’s where Ovechkin is. He’s willing this. And it helps that Lars Eller has decided to be a star player.

So Caps head home up 2-0 and they can now rest Backstrom Tuesday. If they win again, they can rest Backstrom Thursday. Each game they win they buy Backstrom two more days of healing.

With three points Sunday, Eller has 11 in the postseason and sits fifth on the team in playoff scoring. This on the heels of a career high 38 points. He turned 29 a few days ago. As I noted last month, I grabbed Eller in January or February for a late draft pick just as a rental and I’d drop him in September. Again I’m wrestling with the dilemma of him possibly getting more offensive situations next season because of what he’s doing in the playoffs. If he can get 50 points and help me in the playoffs, then I’d like to hang onto that. Someon