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Monday's Dump & Chase: Checking up on an Old 'Friend'

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In this historic first season WITHOUT Barry Trotz, another team has been blessed with the coaching gravitas of the NHL's formerly longest tenured coach. So how is the old boy doing? Trotz seemed like a perfect fit with a Washington team plagued with mental lapses and a lack of #Grit. I am hereby dedicating this predictably unexciting and in need of coffee (just like Trotz's System) Monday to checking up on our former bench boss with a few recent articles from the Capital's side of things, plus some bonus Edmonton Oilers coverage (no connection).

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Nashville Predators News

Predators’ Roman Josi logging minutes, blocks-The Tennessean

Our hero.

Vesey, Stepan Talk College Hockey - Nashville Predators

Yay! Prospect update!

Barry Trotz News

Twenty Games In: Barry Trotz’s Broken Ice, Visualized -The Russian Machine Never Breaks

"But as the season goes on, it's becoming apparent that Trotz has chosen his favorite players and will place them wherever he wishes in the lineup despite evidence that it's hurting the team. For all his many, many successes, Trotz is not exercising good evidence-based decision making in his distributing ice time."  #CAL9ER

Rink Roundtable: At the Quarter Mark - Japers' Rink

"What worries me most right now is that the team's player evaluation (and, perhaps, system) seems to be grounded a bit too much in old school hockey orthodoxy"

Barry Trotz and Washington Capitals entering unfamiliar territory in four-game slide - The Washington Post

In all fairness, despite all the things mentioned above, Trotz has improved the Capitols team in many ways and has given needed stability (even if it hasn't resulted in wins) that the Franchise desperately needed.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

SI.com's 2014-15 NHL Season First Quarter Awards  - SI.com

#Cal9er getting some SERIOUS love!!

Wayne Simmonds of Philadelphia Flyers gives back through Road Hockey Warriors - Sunday Long Read

There ares some players that understand the blessing of being a Pro athlete.

An NHL player’s guide to not looking like an idiot on the internet | Post-to-Post

And then there are those who don't...

Firing Dallas Eakins ‘would be so unfair,’ says Taylor Hall | ProHockeyTalk

So...what do you suggest?

Oilers HC Eakins after loss to Blackhawks: 'That's about as long as a game as I can remember' | theScore

At least it gave him time to work on his resume...

Tough crowd: Oilers fans loudly boo team after loss | ProHockeyTalk

This is really uncomfortable to watch.

Report: Edmonton Oilers open to trading David Perron | Puck Drunk Love

Might be asking a bit too much for this kid. to make a trade happen just yet.

It might be time for the Edmonton Oilers and Nail Yakupov to cut ties | Post-to-Post

How about him then?

Big changes likely if San Jose Sharks don't improve - ESPN

Is this finally the big blowup?

Near-flawless play needed for banged up Bruins | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Waiting for them to call me to play defense.

Jay Bouwmeester's 'Iron Man' streak ends at 737 straight games | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

The reason just doesn't seem fair.

Florida Panthers reassign F Rocco Grimaldi to San Antonio | FOX Sports

Scores first goal in ridiculous last minute comeback here in Smashville, they send him back down the next day#Logic

One More Thing

Dont forget to punch your 'golden ticket' and vote for your favorite Preds in the All Starr Game!