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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 […]

caps roundtable: mike ribeiro edition

(photo by Scott Levy) There is only one topic of conversation among fans of the Washington Capitals — what should the front office do with center Mike Ribeiro? It’s no secret I feel like general manager George McPhee should do everything within reason to try and retain the talent playmaker, but there are plenty of fans who are opposed to that school of thought. I see the first halfway decent center on the roster not named Nicklas Backstrom since Sergei […]

take it to the bank, the capitals will make the playoffs

(photo by Paul Bereswill) The 2013 Washington Capitals will make the postseason. There, I said it. Now look, I know that’s an odd thing to say about a team that hasn’t spent a single day above .500 this entire season, but I’m telling you — these Caps are playoff bound. Something has clicked over the last five games — with Washington winning four of five while outscoring opponents 19-8 — and suddenly the Capitals are a team playing solid and […]

no easy answer for these washington capitals

(photo by Joe Sargent) Well damn. So much for the fairytale ending for the 2013 Washington Capitals. With forward Brooks Laich returning to action for the first time this season, and with the added bonus of a healthy defenseman Dmitry Orlov making his debut this season as well, the hope was that these two players would bolster the lineup and provide a much-needed spark to a team in a season-long slump. That, of course, didn’t happen as Washington dropped a […]

caps shouldn’t be satisfied beating bad teams

(photo by Greg Fiume) When it comes to hockey, I am a traditionalist in the purest sense of the word. To me, places like Quebec and Hartford are much more deserving of franchises than most locations below the Mason-Dixon line. Shootouts are terrible and should be removed from professional hockey as soon as humanly possible. And while some might see it as barbaric, I don’t ever want to see a day when fighting is completely eliminated from the sport. Naturally, […]

capitals are on a roll, thanks to their role players

(photo by Rob Carr) Don’t look now boys and girls, but the Washington Capitals continue to inch their way towards respectability. The playoffs are still unlikely and there’s still plenty to improve upon (namely the 28th-ranked penalty kill unit in hockey), but Washington appears to be heading in the right direction after a sluggish start to the 2013 season. Consider this: no team in the Eastern Conference has won more often than the Capitals over the last 10 games, who […]

braden holtby epitomizes the 2013 washington capitals

(photo by John Woods) Well, at least the Washington Capitals like to keep things interesting. Most reasonable hockey fans knew this would be a season of transition as the Capitals essentially had to learn first-time coach Adam Oates’ system on the fly. Considering they didn’t have the benefit of a standard offseason thanks to the lockout, it wasn’t a stretch to envision these players needing some time and in-game experience to learn how to embrace offense once again after the […]