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“It’s funny, but when you become a coach you start to think differently,” he said. “Now I sometimes hear [positive] echoes of things my coaches said that I didn’t think made sense at the time.”

It also doesn’t make much sense that it has been another decade since he lifted the Caps to their highest level. Last season’s revival and brief playoff appearance under Bruce Boudreau notwithstanding, this remains a star-crossed team - one that started life with an 8-67-5 record in 1974-75 and subsequently has never established itself as a bona fide NHL power.

So we should remain grateful for small blessings - and for Joe Juneau.