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Posted at 6:24 PM ET, 02/12/2011

Capitals head west for potentially defining road trip

By Gene Wang

Losers of two straight and playing some of their least inspired hockey this season, the Washington Capitals embarked on a five-game road trip late this afternoon clearly shaken and vigorously pursuing an exit strategy to their malaise before it's too late.

Compounding matters is their first three opponents on this trip are against Western Conference teams. Washington has lost six in a row to such opponents, including 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings today at Verizon Center. The Capitals have not beaten a Western Conference team since Dec. 1, and during this slide against the West, they've collected just one point.

"Hopefully this is as low as we get," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I mean we had one low point this year, but I even think right now this was something that we were counting on as a coaching staff at least to come in and win this game as a springboard for a tough road trip."

Boudreau was recalling an eight-game losing streak that began against Dallas on Dec. 2 and concluded when the Capitals beat Ottawa on Dec. 19. But that slide was less than halfway through the season, leaving plenty of time to correct glaring deficiencies.

Washington appeared to have righted the ship immediately thereafter by winning five of six. Even in its only loss in that time, 3-2 to Pittsburgh, the Capitals logged a point by forcing overtime before falling in a shootout. Now the complexion of the season has taken a disturbing turn that prompted a players-only meeting.

"I don't know if we don't feel threatened, or if we're just kind of watching the standings locked in at a certain spot," veteran forward Mike Knuble said. "There's not a lot of urgency. We've got to find it. This road trip could be great, or it could be an absolute embarrassment."

The long plane ride to Arizona, where Washington plays the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, will give the team ample opportunity to reflect on how urgent these times are with roughly a third of the regular season to play. The Capitals have dropped five of seven, scored one goal over their past two games and have been wildly inconsistent.

Against the Kings, Washington took a 1-0 lead 1 minute 6 seconds into the game on a goal by Alex Ovechkin, his 21st of the season. Then they sagged in the second period before completely coming apart in the third, when Boudreau scolded his players repeatedly during a timeout.

"They better be holding themselves accountable," Boudreau said. "We're all accountable in this organization, but sometimes some players get free passes, and we can't afford to have any free passes right now. We have 26 games left. A desperate situation for a lot of teams, so every team we play is in a desperate situation, as are we, if we want to get to where we want to get to."

The Capitals are 4-3-3 over their last 10 games, but in a bit of good news, they've won three of four on the road, although none has come against the Western Conference. Washington is 12-10-3 overall away from Verizon Center and doesn't play at home again until Feb. 25.

"It all starts with the game in Phoenix," forward Matt Hendricks said. "We need to get the ball rolling in the right direction and just try to play really good road hockey. We don't have to be exciting. You just have to be gritty and win those battles and get two points out anyway we can."

By Gene Wang  | February 12, 2011; 6:24 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Matt Hendricks, Mike Knuble  
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Comments

Make them take a bus. They play like they belong in the bush leagues.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 12, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

So...is this America's Hockey Capital? Feels like friggin' Kansas to me.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | February 12, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

You tell 'em BB, you tough old coach! Hold them accountable, because I never hear you take any blame for anything...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 12, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

So...is this America's Hockey Capital? Feels like friggin' Kansas to me.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | February 12, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

DJK and MP are two players that shouldnt dress for the Caps ever again after the deadline. I'd say starting now but I know that is not realistic.

DJK provides nothing. Given him enough chances, Im sure hes a good guy and works at practice but hes of no value.

MP after being up here for almost 30 games still doesnt understand that getting back on D when playing the C position is of utmost importance. He failed today and two times the puck was in the back of the net bc of it.

Other notes, if you didnt believe the locker room divided stuff and the need for a blockbuster type of trade, I hope you are starting to believe it now. Room divide and some players need to go.

I said before the TB game that we'd go 3-5-3 over the next 11 games. Right now its 2-2 and Im sticking with that prediction. Hope Im wrong but all signs are going in that direction.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post.
--Dorothy

Posted by: WCAPS1 | February 12, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Unleash the Apathy!

Posted by: underpants2 | February 12, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"Unleash the Apathy!"

BAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!

Posted by: drewsie | February 12, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Not saying he's a bad coach but BB's gotta go. It's not working anymore. It hasn't worked for a long time. We will be nothing more than a .500 team or worse for the rest of his tenure.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 12, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Today was not as low as it can go this season. If there are issues with accountability, it is due to Bruce looking the other way when the same problems were occurring last season and earlier this season because the team was winning. I cannot recall the last time Bruce held himself accountable and he thinks players who have gotten free passes for multiple seasons are suddenly going to hold themselves.

Posted by: NovaCath | February 12, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have sold out the rest of this season, so there's really no reason for them to improve at this point. They only need to get better in the beginning part of next season when attendance will be down somewhat, so that they can get people interested again and re-fill the building.

Posted by: rgibson25 | February 12, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

ThePat:

DJK had a fight that got a good buzz in the arena. He is the only Cap that could handle Westgarth. And his line got closer to scoring on the power play than the "top talent."

When will BB and GM realize that having two right-handed shots on the point for the PP is about as dumb as it gets. It eliminates half of the one-timer options...Too bad we dont have a single left-handed player with a decent slap shot, apart from Erskine. This is a glaring error that's been there for 2 years now. Unreal.

Posted by: rockthis | February 12, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

'CHECK',Its your move GMGM.If GM doesnt do something to better this team and make the right moves to counteract whats been going on then its 'CHECKMATE' for GMGM.Not that it should of been a long time ago but its his move,his chance to bring in the right player(s) that make a difference and will help this hockey club.Not some old wash up that you think is a team leader playoof vet,NO,you ned some players that can play hockey and be leaders also.And it better happen soon cause the pot is getting empty and there isnt gonna be nothing left by the time he decides to make a trade.ITS UR MOVE GMGM!

Posted by: gratefuldid | February 12, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

@rockthis

I dont care if the fight gets a good buzz in the arena. He handled himself well for 15 seconds then like every other one of his fights he got it handed right back to him. Did his fight inspire the team? Not a chance, in fact that fight gave energy to LA and it was from that point forward they took over the game. He can't skate, he cant protect the puck in the corners. That line generated the chance bc of Steckel and Bradley.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

For someone who rarely plays,DJK was one of the only bright spots.I don't see many guys skating away after fight with Westgarth

Posted by: 23rough | February 12, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Gee not much traffic tonite this is a bad sign for Teddy.This team is disgusting to say the least.I'm going to have to be a penquins fan if it gets any worse.F bb and GMGM!

Posted by: jp14710 | February 12, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

BB on the way out by Monday A.M.

Posted by: jp14710 | February 12, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Remember all the talk of how it was better to get the lousy play and losing streak out of the way early in the season instead of, say, now? Personally, I never bought into that excuse, and it's clearly not affecting their play now.

C'mon boys.

Posted by: Brobertson26 | February 12, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Obviously some people dont realize how hockey works. When you dont have a player in the game like DJK, the other team's goon (i.e. Westgarth) will then take cheap shots at your best player. That is unacceptable. The message was sent early and there were no extracurriculars from Westgarth.

In addition to the fight, DJK had several good hits on the Kings D-men, making them more tired when the "stars" come onto the ice. And he knows when he's tired and gets off the ice, before he makes any mistakes ...
Too bad Boudreau reverted to his normal self and barely played the 4th line in the 3rd period.

If you watch any good team play their 3rd and 4th lines usually grind, hit, fight, score ugly goals, and make it uncomfortable for the other team to play. The Caps rarely have guys on the ice who can do all of those things (excluding Hendricks and Brads).

I dont get why the team philosophy seems to be playing soft when the teams the Caps will likely play in the playoffs (Rangers, Bruins, Pens, etc.) are not.

I think I'd die if Semin or Schultz delivered a KO shot on anyone, anytime.

Posted by: rockthis | February 12, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

@rockthis

Sorry, there was zero point for King to fight. We were up 1-0 at the time, and the fight woke the Kings up. They dominated the game from that point on.

I understand hockey. I understand the role of 3rd/4th liners. DJ King is an awful hockey player, bottom line. Hendricks is a better fighter than King. No, Hendricks isnt a heavyweight, but he understands the game and knows when to fight. King is absolutely clueless on when to do it.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat,

I agree that sometimes there is and isnt a time to fight. But saying they dominated the remainder of the game because of that is ridiculous. These guys are supposed to be professionals. They can maybe get a short boost from a teammates' fight, but the Kings didnt win because of the fight, and the Caps didnt lose because of it.

Caps lost because they cant hold a lead, cant get a goal on the PP (let alone a decent look), and cant find a way to be consistent 5-on-5. I think you would agree on that, right?

Posted by: rockthis | February 12, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"We're all accountable in this organization, but sometimes some players get free passes, and we can't afford to have any free passes right now."

Gosh, I wonder where this culture of not being held accountable for anything comes from. I guess it's just one of those unknowable mysteries of the universe.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | February 12, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Another rotten eggs performance at home. Caps lost first time this year on weekend game, despite Ovi's goal and despite scoring early in first period. Usually, these were predicaments for winning game. Which means that this team looking more and more as dysfunctional group of players. It looks like during next home game with NYR the team would be different. The management decided to play with team's style but instead probably? broke the soul and heart of the team. The big question is whether it is beyond repair?

Posted by: yuvk03 | February 12, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@rockthis

Im not saying its why they lost, but LA completely took over the game after that because it gave them energy. The Caps had none the whole game.

The Caps lost to be honest bc they simply arent a very good team and they rarely play more than 20 minutes of hockey. The PP is an issue, their is no team chemistry. The team has no identity.

I pointed out DJ and MP bc to me they aren't every day NHL players on a team that has Cup aspirations. They try hard but they just arent NHL talented. Many other players stunk today, but I really would prefer not seeing either of those 2 in a Caps jersey for much longer.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

BB said in his presser that he took ice time away from some guys in the third, presumably for poor play. Looking at the numbers, the two guys called out were Semin and Laich. Semin is a waste and he played like it, but was Brooksie that bad? I couldn't tell watching on TV, but it was glaringly obvious that Semin is playing a totally individual game, and poorly at that.

Posted by: mjw4m | February 12, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

They're panicking? Maybe they are finally realizing what the other players in the NHL already know. The Caps are the most overrated team in the league. They are devoid of any will to win.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 12, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Did i accidentally log on to a Redskins message board? Sorry, i seem to have heard all of this before...

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Lack of consistent effort is both on the coach and the players, but the deficiencies on the roster have been known since last season and weren't addressed by GMGM in the offseason. Formula for beating the Caps is shut down the first line, play Semin physical since it will throw him off his game, and hit Green to wear him out because the Caps have no one close to his ability.

Atlanta made the moves in the offseason to acquire Ladd, Buffglien, and Eager, while the Caps stood pat and thought the young players would boost the talent level. Carlson, Alzner, and Varly/Neuvirth have all improved but that's not enough to stay ahead of the pack. If Ted wants to keep the fans happy and sell out the arena next seasion, he needs to have McPhee make some sincere attempts to improve the team through a trade or two in the next few weeks.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 12, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

@ wizfan89

Unfortunately, Ted Leonsis' job is NOT to keep the fans happy and the building full. Its to put the best team on the ice that he can. those other things are a result, not the other way around. Would you be happy to watch young players get traded now and blossom into good NHL'ers because we panicked?

There's a salary cap. Let the young players play. Eventually we can't afford someone and they have to get traded. That brings cap relief and good young players in return. Farm system keeps producing and the parent team has a better chance to stay good, thus increasing the chances of a championship.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 12, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

We won't be winning the Stanley Cup this year, that is obvious. But not making the playoffs or an early exit might be a good thing for this team, because it ain't working right now and this team is loaded with young talent and is built to last for years. So, hopefully Boudreau will be gone by next season and we can add a couple more gritty veterans to the roster and then the sky is the limit with this team. We are not one and done like Chicago thankfully. So there is still time to right this ship over the next few years.

Posted by: jmarks09 | February 12, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

As a fan, these losses are becoming easier and easier for me to stomach. That is not a good thing. I know it is a cliche at this point, but honestly, now is the PERFECT time for McPhee to tell Boudreau that he's not getting on that plane, and handing the reins over to Evason for the remainder of the season. Then Leonsis needs to let McPhee know in no uncertain terms that he is on notice.

P.S. I'm a sore loser and wanted both of these dumbshtis gone after the Montreal fiasco. No effing ifs, ands, or buts. Show some bawls, Ted. And can someone remind me why Scott Hannan is on this team?

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | February 13, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Should have gotten rid of BB in December!

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | February 13, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Everytime i'm ready to write this team off (before Tampa game, for example), they dig deep and play well. They seem to be able to motivate when there back is against the wall, and rise up. Still, they are doomed in alot of ways due to the 'system' the genius's changed to after the Mntl loss. Do you think it's coincidence that the top scoring team last year, the best power play and several of the top scorers on this team are 'slumping'. Uh, no. Dump and chase might work well for other teams, not for these guys. They NEED to make the extra pass, they are being coached completely wrong. You can't make a thoroughbred pull a cart, wake up BB/GMGM.

Posted by: gs12 | February 13, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Do you think it's coincidence that the top scoring team last year, the best power play and several of the top scorers on this team are 'slumping'.
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Dude, you got conned like a lot of people, myself included. They can't score without "cheating" and play good defense without giving up offense.

The bottom line is they are NOT that good. They have 3 or 4 very good players but the rest SUCK.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

can someone remind me why Scott Hannan is on this team?
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He's not the problem... 55 is the biggest problem on D if you actually watched the game yesterday.

52 was doing just fine when he was paired with Hannan. Why BB put 52 and 55 back together is still a mystery to me. 55 is a 5 or 6D at best.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey folks get a grip!! BB is not the problem here. There must be dissension within the "room" for these guys to be as listless as they have been throughout this season. Whether it's a reluctance to "buy in" to the defensive style or if some of the guys just don't fit in, that's anybody's guess. However, I'm sure that GMGM is aware of it and it may take the shape of a blockbuster trade before the deadline. I was never a big fan of handing the big "C" to OV and now it has come back to haunt the Caps. A respected leader has to emerge or the season is over. No team in the league is scared of the Caps anymore.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

you are a complete idiot if you think Ovi wearing the C is a bigger problem than GMGM not having a clue as to how to build a championship team.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I will not renew for next season unless Ted acts quickly to fix this . BB has to go , clean up the lazy lack of effort players . Send then north to a team not much more sorry then us .

Posted by: terryreece | February 13, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Free passes BB? Free passes? Does that include your favorites? You know guys like Ovie, Green Schultz, Backstrom? You haven't benched any of those guys since you've been here. If it's no longer about free passes then take a good look in the mirror cause you've given half the players a free pass.

By the way the combined salary of that first line you put together, including defenseman was roughly 30 million. They were on the ice either together or partly and gave up 3 goals against.

And if Schultz ole's another forward without even as much as a shove, then he needs to be benched and have him watch the game for awhile. A long while.

Posted by: blanknerc | February 13, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey "Joke"443.........
if you haven't got any idea what's going on, why do you bother commenting? just listen for a change.....

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Folks hold onto your hats. There will be multiple trades coming. Selling Semin, Fehr, and possibly Laich.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Although my guess is the Caps would keep Laich because he is a strong locker room guy. Fehr and Semin would be my guess.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of the excuses.

If this was an untalented team like the Redskins you wouldn't expect much.

But to win games at home against teams that crossed the country from CA the past 2 games via extended road trips?

This is what you expect of a merely solid team, barely one that won 54 games last year and came into the season with higher hopes than finishing .500 on the road.

The Caps are going to have to play .600 hockey on the road from here on out to even remain in the #5 slot for the playoffs.

Right now this team seems scrared of its own shadow.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 13, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of the excuses.

If this was an untalented team like the Redskins you wouldn't expect much.

But to win games at home against teams that crossed the country from CA the past 2 games via extended road trips?

This is what you expect of a merely solid team, barely one that won 54 games last year and came into the season with higher hopes than finishing .500 on the road.

The Caps are going to have to play .600 hockey on the road from here on out to even remain in the #5 slot for the playoffs.

Right now this team seems scrared of its own shadow.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 13, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I would trade Semin for Kopitar in a second.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I hear we are short on pucks. Could anyone give us a bag of pucks for Poti!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I hear we are short on pucks. Could anyone give us a bag of pucks for Poti!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@ Cayugalaker

Like you do?? let me guess, you must be one of those "rock the red" bandwaggoners who think GMGM walks on water, right???

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"JOKE"443
...............no son, just an overall grasp of the game. You'll see someday.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

LMAO right dude, like I'm gonna take advice from a guy who thinks the biggest problem on the team is Ovi wearing the C on his jersey... you're a JOKE.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

This is my first post here, I'm usually content to read the words everyone else feels is neccessary, I've had it, Im a rabid fan and have been since the team was dealt to Washington and I'm embarrased. I really thought my boys were headed in the right direction until a couple of weeks into this season. You know any team can run into a hot goaltender in the playoffs, it was hard to swollow but I gave the benefit of the doubt, reluctantly, thinking it is Washington D.C. and as a sports fan patients is a must.
Now I think Bruce is the problem and not the cure. I was horrified yesterday and thought about putting away hockey and waiting for the Nats. I, being an addict cant fathom such a move !!!
I now DEMAND that GEORGE gets off his ass and does something to fix this freaking s#%t and to do it NOW! I've got enough money invested with this organization over the years to replace the G.D.P. of a small South American country and as an invester along with all of the other investers (fans) say NOW IS THE TIME. NO B.S. PLAYERS, WE NEED A GOOOD D-MAN, no no-name nobody, a force to be wreckened with, A REAL 2ND LINE CENTER THAT WILL NOT BE DENIED, AND A COACH THAT WILL DEMAND EXCELLENCE and not put up with players who arent interested in skating in optinal practice when your PP is the worst in the league.PLEASE !
Not too much to ask, and remember George ,............WE'RE WATCHING !

Posted by: muthapucker | February 13, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

muthapucker................
excellent comment!!!!
I'd hate to see BB go but you are correct, something must be done. Since we're not privy to the inner workings of what goes on day to day with the club, it's really hard to pinpoint what it is. The heart seems to have been removed from this team. It's an unpleasant situation, to be sure. However, when BB, GMGM, and TED are so tight lipped about everything, it makes you wonder. Trade deadline is coming up soon. It seems that it's time to make a deal. A REAL deal, as you have stated. I would have to say that the only untouchable in the system would have to be Cody Eakin. Anyone else is fair (Fehr) game.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

NO DOUBT, Cody IS a keeper!

Posted by: muthapucker | February 13, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Folks, this team will face 3 western teams on this 5 game road trip. IMO they will earn 2 points our of 10, if they are lucky. This team with BB coaching couldn't beat the top AHL team.

At present after last nights Montreal win in OT, they are tied with Montreal for 5th place and dropping fast. AFter this road trip they will be in either 7th or 8th place int he east. Carolina will pass them in the SE.

As I stated several days ago, this team will be lucky to make the playoffs with BB coaching.

If Ted doesn't see this he is lying to himself and the fans and is a lousy owner. GMGM won't make a coaching change until it's too late and I don't think he will pull the plug on any trades before the deadline.

So, look for major changes in management after the season is over. Now let's see if any of these predictions come true.

Posted by: JMinVA | February 13, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting that fans and most fans see the faults of the team before action is taken by the bosses. BB will last the rest of the season. Mcphee will not be fired anytime soon. Hard for a sales guy like Ted to be humble but I think he could have tempered expectations of his fan base. The way it looks now The Caps may not even make the playoff and if they do they will get very far. They need to take their roids (tongue in cheek).

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Folks did I read BB comments correct. Some players get free passes. hmm must be talking about Oveckin. This is part of the problem. He treats his players like self employed contractors. They work for Ted first and the fans second. But mostly when they are on the ice BB should be the boss. Free pass. Interesting. It is very telling when a bench boss says these things.

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm tellin' you...built the team for offense, with a bunch of "thoroughbreds", and now they're telling them to be "plow" horses. These guys didn't become first round draft choices because they could play defense! It was never their game! So now, emphasizing defense, these guys are lost. They're not sure where to be, they're thinking their way through the games, and nothing works.
GMGM should have just gotten the couple of pieces we were missing...ok, maybe more than "a couple"..IMHO we just needed a tough, hard-nosed defenseman, 2 tough, willing-to-drop-em wingers, and a veteran centerman. GMGM has failed in every aspect!
Bottom line? Both McPhee and Coach B must go, NOW.

Posted by: scmonty1 | February 13, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Great comments fellas!!!
The way I see it, there are only a handful of Caps that should absolutely NOT be traded. OV, Nicky, Greeny, Carlson, Alzner, Stecks, MJ, the goalies and MAYBE Erskine, Laich and Chimera. Anybody else is "available" as far as I'm concerned. I love all of the other guys, especially Perreault and Hendricks. However, other than Eakin, everyone at Hershey is on the block as well. I think the county club should consider closing the open bar!!!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 13, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The way I see it, there are only a handful of Caps that should absolutely NOT be traded. OV, Nicky, Greeny, Carlson, Alzner, Stecks, MJ, the goalies and MAYBE Erskine, Laich and Chimera.
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LMAO, you know what dude? You are a JOKE if you think all those guys besides 8, 19, 52 & 74 are untouchables.

I mean what planet are you from??? You think anyone will take our scrubs for their valuable players?????

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Who did Poile trade to turn this franchise around?? He traded Rick Green and Ryan Walter who was captain and Abe Polin's favorite player to get Langway, Jarvis, Engblom and Locker.

They need that type of a deal right now.

Posted by: joek443 | February 13, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pkme | February 13, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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