Capitals at Oilers, G35, 09-10

This is Garnet Bailey. Before he was a Cap, he was a winger for my beloved Bruins when they won the Stanley. He played for the 69-70 team but didn’t get into the playoffs but dressed in 13 playoff games 1972 spring and helped Boston win a second Cup in three seasons.

Bailey played for the Capitals 75-78 and was probably their best player for much of that time. Then he wrapped up his playing career with the Edmonton Oilers (WHA).

After he graduated to pro hockey from the Edmonton Oil Kings, Bailey entered the Bruin system with the Oklahoma City (CHL) Blazers in 1967. When he retired from playing, Bailey caught on as a coach and the Oilers had him coach their minor league team (again CHL) in Wichita. Walt Poddubny and Charlie Huddy were on that team, and for a time a friend of mine was a member of the “Wind” during that season.

Any references to Bailey now involve 9-11 which obscures a terrific junior career, a decade as a solid pro, a short coaching career and a long run as a scout.

Washington has been on my television a lot recently and they don’t look good. An 82-game season is a long time and teams have ups and downs and Washington has been sputtering along lately. We shouldn’t feel sorry for them (7-3-0 in their last 10) but after subpar games against Toronto and Vancouver in the last 7 days my guess is the Capitals will post a superb effort against Edmonton tonight.

The Oilers don’t play on HNIC much anymore (they’re certainly the third best team in the Canadian west and things don’t look promising for 10-11. Thank God Winnipeg is gone or they’d never be on HNIC) and one has to wonder how long the audience will tune in tonight. It’s always fun to watch Ovechkin but an eastern audience will probably lose interest once it gets embarrassing.

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