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mike ribeiro is ‘filthy’ good at hockey

When the Washington Capitals acquired center Mike Ribeiro over the weekend, not only did they finally fill the team’s biggest void, but they also said goodbye to forward Alexander Semin. While Semin’s agent had already let it be known that his 28-year-old client preferred to test free agency, general manager George McPhee helped Semin out the door by essentially redistributing his salary cap space to Ribeiro. Whether or not the move works out for the Caps remains to be seen, […]

draft weekend a success for capitals

(photo by Norm Hall) For one reason or another, more than a few fans of the Washington Capitals seem to have an issue with general manager George McPhee. Some people look at the team’s spotty record of drafting players outside of the first round and suggest McPhee is only capable of identifying top-tier talent. Some look at past trades and free agency signings and, with the benefit of hindsight clearly in their favor, nitpick just how successful those moves were. […]

all aboard the caps coaching carousel

(photo by Clyde Caplan) The waiting game has officially begun for the Washington Capitals. Once coach Dale Hunter opted to call it quits, his decision eliminated any hope of stability or continuity within the organization. For better or for worse, there will be a new coach with a new system hoping to maximize the talent on Washington’s roster. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it appears the general manager George McPhee is in no hurry to fill the vacancy — with some […]

with hunter gone, change is inevitable

(photo by Clyde Caplan) It seems like only yesterday I was pushing for the Washington Capitals to sign coach Dale Hunter to a long-term contract in hopes of providing the franchise with some stability and continuity. After seeing everyone on the roster set their egos aside and sacrifice for the good of the team during a spirited playoff run, I looked forward to what the Caps would be able to accomplish after spending more time in this system. And all […]

why the caps need to bring back dale hunter

(photo by Clyde Caplan) Although they lasted longer than anyone could have reasonably expected, the season has officially ended for the Washington Capitals and I can’t help but feel a little bummed out. While it was awesome to see the same group of players who looked dead in the water for much of the regular season pulled it together and begin to peak at the right time, there’s definitely a sense of unfinished business with how the postseason came to […]

caps owe everything to marco sturm

(photo by Clyde Caplan) Something occurred to me as I watched the Washington Capitals soundly defeat the New Rangers Rangers 2-1 to force a seventh and deciding game in their second-round match-up. The Caps are now on the verge of doing something they have yet to do during the Alex Ovechkin era — namely advance to the Eastern Conference Finals — and the player most responsible for this improbable postseason run isn’t even on Washington’s roster. What am I talking […]

caption this 23: overtime hockey edition

(photo by Clyde Caplan) Ladies and gentlemen, back by popular demand, it’s time for another round of “caption this.” The game is fairly simple, as you hopefully know by now. I supply the photo and you bring the witty reader-submitted captions. You might not win any cool prizes, but you’ll be formally recognized for being better than your peers and will get some love here on the blog. Here’s my humble offering for this photo to help get folks started: Alex Ovechkin: […]