In the early years of the Caps, the team had an elite group of players that were often overlooked for their abilities.
In the late-90s, when the team was struggling, that was changing.
The Caps have assembled an elite collection of talent, but they also have an elite team of people, including coaches, who have put in years of hard work to get them where they are.
With that in mind, the Caps have made a concerted effort to bring in the best people to help them build their team.
The team has added former NHL players like former NHL goalie Mike Gillislee and former NHL defenseman Chris Kreider to its roster, and they’ve also hired former NHL player and head coach Rob Blake as the team’s assistant coach.
The team’s new head coach, Rob Blake, will join the Capitals this season.
“Rob’s a great person, great person with a great heart, and he brings with him the experience of a lot of people who are in that arena, and also that knowledge of what the game is all about,” Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom said.
“He’s got a lot more of a background than I have, and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Blake was a former captain for the Vancouver Canucks, where he was the team captain for 13 seasons.
He also won two Stanley Cups with the team, including one with the Vancouver Bruins in 2007.
“I was the captain of the Canucks and I won two Cups with them,” Blake said.
“[But] I don’t want to be the first to say, ‘You know what?
I think I can help you win a Cup.'”
Blake said he was approached by the Capitals at the end of last season, and then the NHL, about bringing him on as an assistant coach, but he was hesitant.
“They said, ‘Well, if you want to come in, you can come in,'” Blake said, referring to the league.
“But I was kind of hesitating.
I had to see if it was right for me.”
In his first full season as an NHL assistant, Blake helped lead the Capitals to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
In February, the Capitals announced that Blake would be joining the team as an analyst.
The Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy in the process.
Blake said the experience he had as a player was what made him the perfect fit for the Capitals.
“Obviously, I had a lot in my game to learn as a person and a player,” Blake told NBC Sports.
“And I think the biggest thing that made me the perfect person to help me and my team is the way that I was able to learn from my mistakes, and that I learned from the people that I’ve worked with and the experience that I gained from playing the game.”
Blake said as an offensive player, he was often criticized for being slow.
That criticism is something that will be difficult for the team to overcome when it plays with speed and skill.
“There’s a lot to be said about being a really, really good player, but you have to be able to make the right decision when it comes to your linemates, when it come to your teammates,” Blake added.
“As a player, you want them to be comfortable and you want the puck in their hands, and if you’re going to be a good player and you’re willing to make those mistakes, then it’s going to help you in a lot things.
It’s going the other way.
If you’re not willing to do that, you’re just going to hurt your team.”
That’s the big thing.
You want to have a guy who can make the plays, and it’s not a question of if he’s going be able do that.
It really comes down to when it’s necessary and when it is not.