Category : capitals

dear experts, please continue to write off the capitals

Seriously, have I told you how much I’m enjoying the second half of the 2013 NHL season? Because of the Washington Capitals’ pitiful 2-8-1 start and the fact that they play in the Southeast Division, easily the worst division in all of professional sports, everyone rushed to write them off. Well, a funny thing has happened since then — the Capitals actually learned how to play in first-time coach Adam Oates’ system and they once again resemble a competent hockey […]

how adam oates saved alex ovechkin (and the caps)

(photo by Brian Murphy) Don’t look now, but the Washington Capitals are officially the NHL’s hottest team. A team that was all but dead and buried earlier this season has officially gotten it’s act together and is now playing some inspired hockey thanks, largely, to two key individuals — coach Adam Oates and captain Alex Ovechkin. Since their pitiful 2-8-1 start, the Capitals have gone 18-9-1. Best of all, Washington seems to be peaking at the perfect time — riding […]

why are caps fans so opposed to the martin erat deal?

(photo by Nick Wass) A crazy thing happened this week, when it was announced that the Washington Capitals had made a last-minute trade with the Nashville Predators — Caps fans, almost universally, were irate. Once the news broke that Capitals general manager George McPhee had traded away top-prospect Filip Forsberg for veteran forward Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta, the majority of D.C.’s hockey-loving fanbase seemed completely distraught over the move. But why was everyone in town so cranky […]

george mcphee drops a bombshell at the deadline

(photo by Brian Murphy) I think we can all agree on one thing — Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee made a bold move. I’m just not sure how many people believe it was a good move. Nearly two hours after the NHL trade deadline had passed, the Capitals finally announced they had acquired winger Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta from the Nashville Predators in exchange for highly-touted forward Filip Forsberg, the team’s first-round pick (11th overall) in […]

there’s no chance caps are sellers at trade deadline

(photo by Gregg Forwerck) Hate to break it to you, but there’s zero chance the Washington Capitals are going to do anything to break apart this team now — not after a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Forget the fact that Carolina is in a free fall — with just one win in their last 10 games. Instead, focus on the fact that the Capitals have picked up victories in six of their last 10 outings […]

heading down the stretch, caps still lack consistency

(photo by Paul Bereswill) The Washington Capitals were just nine seconds away from being .500 for the first time this season … and inexplicably let it slip away in heartbreaking fashion. Roughly 24 hours after rallying to steal two points from the Buffalo Sabres by tying the game in the final minute and then earning a 4-3 shootout victory, the Caps allowed the script to be flipped by blowing a two-goal, third-period lead — punctuated with a game-tying goal by […]

on mike ribeiro and his contract-year performance

(photo by Brian Murphy) With the NHL trade deadline less than a week away, the Washington Capitals have exactly three games left to decide what to do with second-line center Mike Ribeiro. Okay, first and foremost, the front office needs to decide if this team is actually capable of making the playoffs this season. And while general manager George McPhee is at it, it probably wouldn’t hurt to re-evaluate whether or not the franchise’s core players — Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas […]