Some interesting comments from Hanlon today per Capitals Insider regarding the future of the Caps defensive corps, particularly the pairing of Morrisonn and Jurcina. This stuck out to me:
"We all have to take a look," Hanlon said. "I'm not making any predictions about next year [regarding] who's going to do what or who's going to play where. We're going to finish in the bottom handful of teams."Tarik mentioned he was surprised at how frank Hanlon was in regards to specific players. It's true, Hanlon doesn't tend to like picking on or singling out individuals, good or bad. I think that it's the end of the season, though, and if you can't speak frankly about where you've been and where you're going now, when can you?
This is a team that is clearly struggling in so many areas, that needs improvement in so many areas - and let's be honest, I'd say 50% of the guys on the roster are probably fighting for jobs next year. Mediocre performances now could mean a one-way ticket out of DC later on. The fact that Hanlon addresses this head on shows me that at least he's aware we're not going to win a Cup with the team we have. I also find the underlining tone of everything he says encouraging, and it echoes what we've been hearing from the Caps organization for the last few weeks - help is coming this offseason.
[Psssst....get Chris Drury!!]
[Psst...PSSSSST...get Brian Rafalski!!]