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Capitals Insider Archive: El-Bashir On Hockey

On Hockey: Vocal leader Jason Arnott tops the list of Capitals newcomers

It's still too soon to say that General Manager George McPhee has fixed all that ailed his immensely talented but underachieving team last week. But the early returns certainly look good. The Washington Capitals have won three straight one-goal games since the addition of Jason Arnott and Dennis Wideman...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | March 7, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  El-Bashir On Hockey, Jason Arnott  
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On Hockey: As trade deadline nears, Capitals shouldn't be finished yet

Plucking Marco Sturm off the waiver wire Saturday was a good start for the Washington Capitals, who, somewhat inexplicably, still can't score consistently, either at even strength or on the power play. But fans had better hope it's not General Manager George McPhee's only move before today's 3 p.m....

By Tarik El-Bashir  | February 28, 2011; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  El-Bashir On Hockey, George McPhee, Trade deadline  
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On Hockey: No excuses for uninspired play from Capitals' stars

There was plenty of talk Saturday afternoon about a "switch" and whether Washington finally was ready to flip it. But after watching the Kings cruise to a way-too-easy, 4-1 victory, I was left wondering if the Capitals are engaged enough to reach for it. I wasn't alone. Coach Bruce...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | February 14, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, El-Bashir On Hockey, Mike Green  
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On Hockey: Can one weekend turn around the Caps' season?

Introducing a new weekly analysis from former Capitals beat writer Tarik El-Bashir: With 28 games and two months remaining in the NHL's regular season, it's too early to call this weekend a turning point. But if the Capitals finally live up to their immense expectations this spring, we'll look...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | February 7, 2011; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, El-Bashir On Hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning  
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