Before he mapped out the details and structure of his first training camp with the Capitals, and before he started entertaining line combinations and defense pairings, Barry Trotz put together a l
John Erskine can’t erase the past, but he can certainly explain it.
Since he entered the NHL nine years ago with the fury of an F5 tornado, Alex Ovechkin has had every aspect of his game scrutinized.
When Brian MacLellan took over as Capitals general manager he inherited a team in desperate need of quality NHL defensemen, a second-line center and a backup goaltender.
Alex Ovechkin was hunched over on the ice, exhausted after Barry Trotz’s first day of on-ice fitness testing.
“Chests up,” Trotz barked as he skated by.