Does anyone else find it more than a little interesting that Capitals general manager George McPhee interviewed Mike Keenan for the job of head coach?
Darren Dreger reported that Keenan interviewed for the Caps job and that he did not receive a phone call from McPhee saying that he did not get the job until just before it was reported on Tuesday that Adam Oates was the clubs new head coach.
That certainly seems to suggest that Keenan was one of the finalists for the job, apparently along with Mike Haviland and Jon Cooper.
There may not be two coaches with less in common than Keenan and Oates but the fact Keenan, 62, was interviewed tells you just how serious McPhee is about playing hard-ball with his players.
Many believe Dale Hunter was hired to show the Capitals how much sacrifice is required to win in the playoffs. And while no one on the Caps was crazy about sliding in front of blistering slapshots, the mindset of doing whatever it takes to win was established under Hunter.
Keenan is one of the NHL's legendary task masters and would have been just as demanding as Hunter. And his battles with Alex Ovechkin might have been epic.
But the fact McPhee was willing to go down that road might give a glimpse into what he thinks Ovechkin and the Capitals need moving forward. And thats a fair amount of discipline.
Lets not forget that when Oates talked about Ovechkins excitement to score goals, McPhee tempered that enthusiasm by saying Ovechkin might also want to remember that blocking shots and dumping pucks into corners is still a required part of the game.