Ah, good old Dave Fay is at it again.
It was only about a week ago that Fay made his return to the Washington Times with a piece that has been widely discussed, analyzed, and basically ripped apart by various Caps bloggers and even the owner himself. In the article he claimed that, among other things, the Caps and Penguins were working on the same timeline. Therefore the lack of forward movement by the Caps while Pittsburgh shoots into the playoffs is an indication that nothing is right with this team.
I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
Amazing what ten days and a visit from those revered Penguins will do, huh? Now for some reason Dave is Mr. Optimistic., Mr. Give-it-Another-Year, Mr. They're-Just-Missing-a-Few-Parts-and-They'll-Be-a-Playoff-Bound-Team-With-Exciting-Players-and-Fans-in-the-Seats...
..but you can call him Skip for short.
At least that's what you might believe he was if you read today's article in the Times. The crazy notions he comes up with in this one, really - the fact that Pittsburgh has missed the playoffs more consecutive seasons and had more first round picks than the Caps over the last five years means their rebuild is further along? YOU DON'T SAY. It's just amazing to me that this story is written without even the faintest trace of irony or self-awareness, not even a mention of that slam piece masquerading as journalism earlier in the month.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Dave Fay piece if he didn't take a few digs (a few?) at the current team...here's my favorite:
[McPhee] refused to discuss what those pieces [needed to improve the team] are or their costs, but it's obvious -- at least one quality center, a skilled right wing and at least two defensemen who can handle the puck without treating it like a live hand grenade. McPhee's main problem might be to persuade free agents to come to a team lacking in a winning atmosphere.
By the way, I'm pretty sure teams understand that a winning atmosphere comes with...um...winning. Which they can help us do. Just a thought...