Chris Cooley on the Capitals Woes, Ovechkin, and Boudreau

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Whenever I get the urge to talk Capitals on this website, the infamous Ghost Busters scene comes to mind:

Egon: There's something very important I forgot to tell you. Don't cross the streams.
Venkman: Why?
Spengler: It would be bad.
Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

Well, I'm crossing streams anyway dammit. If anyone follows me on Twitter, I'm a Caps die-hard. I played hockey in High School and College and had a Caps 10-game plan at the Cap Centre for as long as I can remember. I've been very vocal Boudreau needed to go since 24/7 aired on HBO in December. Regardless, I always take interest when DC athletes from other local teams chime in on hot-bed issues like this, especially with Cooley, since he regularly watches the Caps and is good friends with many of them. Here's his take on blame laying on Ovie, the Coaching, and early playoff exits in his interview with 106.7 THE FAN:

On whether the bulk of the blame belongs on the captain, Alex Ovechkin:

"You can say whatever you want to say about them partying or going out or anything, but if I'm in charge of the team - if I'm a coach, a GM - I want guys that show up and work. You can go to a Caps game and know literally nothing about hockey and see that Ovechkin plays harder than anyone else. He skates harder, he plays harder, he hits, he does everything. So you have a guy that, regardless of whatever he does outside of hockey, he shows up and plays. I've never been to a game and thought, ‘this guys is loafing'. He plays his balls off."

On the Capitals postseason struggles:

"I guess you can compare it to football. If I could be on a team that makes the playoffs every year and has a chance every year to get hot and win, I would take it, no questions asked. Absolutely. ... Until they do win it, there's always going to be the argument that they're not a finishing team or they can't, but trust me, if I could be on a team that makes the playoffs every year, not even a question I'd take it, I'd keep that coach forever."

What could they do differently?:

"What I do know, knowing these guys, is that they care about this team so much. They care about winning. Whether or not they go out and have a good time, it's one of the closest teams I've been around. I'm honestly jealous of the relationship they all have together as teammates."

Does he think making the playoffs has become good enough?:

"I don't think it ever will be for anyone. ... All I'm saying is that, as a player, give me the opportunity to be on a team that makes the playoffs every year and puts themselves in a position to win it and I'll take it. ... At some point, they're still young, they're still all together, but at some point they'll have to learn how to win. And I'm not the guy to criticize or tell them that because obviously I haven't been part of a team that does. I don't know what that feels like. I've been to the playoffs twice in seven years."

So, Cooley is a fan of Boudreau staying. Hmm. I question that only because Chris has never had consistency his entire time in DC. Watching the Caps in the locker room during that 24/7 losing streak reminded me of how the players reacted to Zorn's speeches...and the end production was about the same (in the playoffs).

In case you missed it. During one Caps game intermission, Fred Davis and Chris Cooley raced tricycles around the ice....hilarity ensues.

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