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Quick Hits: Would You Keep George McPhee?

Here is the question for Washington Capitals fans before you. ================================================================ Should the Washington Capitals keep George McPhee? --   YES --   NO   As we all know, probably 80-90 percent of fans would overwhelmingly say no. Then again, you are not Ted Leonsis. It appears that Washington is going with the "status...
Via Puckrant.com
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin: I’m never going to ask for a trade

Photo: sports.ru There is a lot of finger pointing going on throughout the media in Washington with the Capitals set to miss the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season. There were some positives but clearly a lot more negatives to the 2013-14 season. Alexander Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, scoring 51 along with 24 power play goals and a +/- rating of a -35. Ovechkin...
Via DC Sports-Kings
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Caps' Marcus Johansson's season ends with UBI

As if barely missing out on the playoffs wasn't painful enough, the Washington Capitals now have to endure injury added to insult.Centerman Marcus Johansson left The Capitals' win over the coasting Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on Friday night, the result of taking a Nicklas Backstrom drive off of his left hand during a Caps' power play and did not return...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin Heading Home?, and other Caps Randoms

     I have an incredibly busy Saturday planned for today thanks to my wife and kids but there are still a few items to discuss coming from the American capital today. Since I am in a big hurry I've decided to steal a page out of Clouts' book and just fire these off in a point form random style blog.  1. First off where the hell was this team when the games actually...
Via Puckrant.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dear NHL - Your BLUNDER May Cost Washington a Playoff Spot

What ever do I mean? Remember back on January 18th when FOUR, count 'em FOUR refs and linesman didn't see a deflected puck hit the protective netting? Remember when that puck bounced OFF the netting and off of Jonathan Quick's back and into the net for a GOAL with 26.1 seconds left in regulation giving the Red Wings a VICTORY over the Kings and an extra POINT that they...
Via Puckrant.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin would have to negotiate out of current deal to head to KHL

Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world last summer when he retired from the NHL and signed with SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL the following week. Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin be next? From TSN: On Thursday’s edition of Insider Trading on the NHL on TSN, (Pierre LeBrun) reported that there were whispers out of the KHL that one of the clubs may try to approach...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The truth is Alex Ovechkin is an over-rated player

I agree with EVERYTHING  said about Alex Ovechkin. Because of his shortcomings on the other side of the puck I consider him an over-rated player–as much as that can be said of anyone who scores roughly fifty times a year besides the fact that he hits people all over the ice. But he–like Mario Lemieux back when  #66 was in his athletic prime–is indifferent (to say the least...
Via USA Sports 360
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps out of playoffs. What next?

The Washington Capitals were officially eliminated from the NHL playoffs last night.  It is the first time since the 2006/07 season that the Capitals roster will be watching the playoffs from the comfort of their own homes. Sad?  Yes.  Necessary?  Yes. Think about it.  If the Caps squeeked into the NHL playoffs, with the roster constructed as is, they would not have advanced...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals are denied a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs

For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Washington Capitals will not reach the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Capitals were mathematically eliminated from reaching the postseason Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings earned a point for their shootout loss in Pittsburgh and the Columbus Blue Jackets captured two with a win at Dallas. Those results gave each team 91 points...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rise and Fall of a Rivalry by @griffTHW

As the Washington Capitals' postseason hopes went up in smoke last night, what once exemplified one of hockey's greatest rivalries suffered yet another blow.  And, while that likely constitutes an afterthought for both a Washington club seemingly headed in the wrong direction and a Pittsburgh squad struggling with recent playoff setbacks, the rest of us can't help...
Via PensInitiative
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaroslav Halak’s Agent ‘Bewildered’ Adam Oates Would Betray His Player’s Trust

The Washington Capitals are fighting for a playoff spot in the final days of the regular season, and if that wasn’t tough enough, the team also is dealing with an issue between head coach Adam Oates and starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Oates told reporters before Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues that Halak “wasn’t 100 percent comfortable” playing against his...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaroslav Halak's agent upset with Adam Oates, says he didn't ask out

Things are headed south faster than the politicians' approval ratings in Washington. On Tuesday Jaroslav Halak did not start when the Capitals faced the Blues in St. Louis, his former team as of a little more than a month ago. Coach Adam Oates said that Halak told him he was not comfortable facing his old team thus Braden Holtby got the start (and win). You just had to know...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brouwer and Johansson collide in bad way

The Washington Capitals are faced with a must win situation the rest of the season. If the team wins out, they may have an outside shot at a playoff berth. In tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, forwards Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson met between the blue line and center ice during the Capitals late first period power play. Let’s just say that Brouwer has a pretty...
Via DC Sports-Kings
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals Coach Throws Goalie Under Bus For Not Wanting To Face Former Team

Washington Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak had an opportunity to play against his former team and show it why trading him prior to the March 5 NHL trade deadline was a mistake, but instead of relishing the opportunity to make a statement, he wanted no part of starting net Tuesday night. “We know the feelings when you go into your old stomping ground and it’s not always easy...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Predator Ward represents tricky lesson in NHL economics

When the Washington Capitals awarded Joel Ward a four-year, $12-million contract in 2011, it seemed like an outrageous sum at the time. Ward was coming off a regular season in which he scored 10 goals in 80 games. However, significantly, he also was the Nashville Predators' leading playoff scorer (both in goals with seven and points with 13 in 12 games) in what was, at the time...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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