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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 […]

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, […]