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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Capitals GM George McPhee: 'I'm not happy with the results'

By Katie Carrera

In addition to discussing the trade deadline, Capitals General Manager gave his evaluation of the team -- a February report card, if you will -- as it stands with only 23 games remaining in the regular season.

"I'm not happy with the team right now. I'm not happy with the results," McPhee said in a phone interview earlier this week. "I think there are games that we've played very, very well but let up at certain points in the game and it's cost us a lot of points that were on the table. We're really pleased with a lot of aspects of the team. We wanted to be a better defensive team and we did that. We wanted to have better goals against and we did that. We wanted to be better at penalty killing and we did that.

"The one area that frustrated all of us," he continued, "is the power play and offensive production."

To recap, the team that had seven players with career-best point totals a season ago, had the league's highest goals per game average and best power play in the NHL. Heading into last night's game against San Jose, the Capitals were 15th in goals per game (2.72), had a power play that ranks 24th (16.1 percent) and had only four players with more than 30 points.

"We have the same people and it's not happening for them," McPhee said. "It's the last thing that we thought we would have to be concerned about, and given the way this team performed in the past...we believed the offense would be there. We've worked on it but the offense has slipped. I know the individuals are frustrated but we can get better."

McPhee, like Coach Bruce Boudreau, believes that if the power play could start scoring on even a remotely regular basis, it would make a world of difference to Washington's overall offense and perhaps would have prevented some of the recent defeats.

He's not the only one in Washington's management who is disappointed in how the power play has vanished this season. Less than a week ago, owner Ted Leonsis expressed his own frustration in the power play's struggles.

"That's the difference in a lot of games," McPhee said. "If the power play is working. If it's just average we've picked up more points this week and last week, but it's far below average and I hope it can turn a corner here soon.

"The only thing that's holding this hockey club back right now is the power play. We have some intelligent, highly skilled players that have really produced well on the power play in the last few years, and they should be expected to continue doing so. They just need to get their confidence back."

By Katie Carrera  | February 18, 2011; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  George McPhee, Power play  
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Comments

Now that Boston got Kaberle, and the Nets got Carmelo, McPhee HAS TO do something right?!

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | February 18, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta and Boston got better. I'm confident McPhee will still be in on the arms race between now and the deadline (since they were in on Fisher).

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 18, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we should make any moves that involve trading away draft picks. Let the flyers sell their future for a shot at the cup this year... we have the talent to compete in the playoffs this year and for years to come. After acquiring Hannan we don't have any more glaring weak spots- including the 2nd line center position; MJ and Perreault can handle that. We have a lot of talent coming in over the next few years and need to continue building on that. The only thing that might impact this is if Mike Green ends up being sidelined for weeks. We can't get it done with Sloan as the 6th man.

Posted by: johns2dp | February 18, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Tomas Kaberle will not wear a blue and white sweater for the first time in 12 seasons.

The Boston Bruins have agreed to acquire the defenseman from the Toronto Maple Leafs for minor league forward Joe Colborne, a first-round pick in 2011 and another conditional draft pick, TSN reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.


The deal is pending league approval, TSN reported, and is also dependent on the Bruins making at least one other transaction to clear cap space, according to the Boston Globe.

The Bruins will be on the hook for the remainder of Kaberle's $4.25 million contract this season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Kaberle, 32, has spent his entire career in Toronto and has made four All-Star teams. This season Kaberle has three goals and 35 assists and is a minus-2 in 58 games.

The Leafs are currently six points behind the Hurricanes for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Bruins are pushing the Lightning for the second spot.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Colborne was taken in the first round, 16th overall, by the Bruins in the 2008 draft. He scored 22 goals and added 19 assists for the University of Denver in 2009-10 and signed his first pro contract last March. He's got 12 goals and 14 assists for Providence of the AHL this season.

Posted by: bqts | February 18, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

if you are not happy. do something GMGM..

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I just hope that GMGM doesn't do anything extremely rash as a result of his anger. After watching HBO 24/7, I would love to hear what has been going on in that dressing room the past few weeks.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 18, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta and Bruins just made a deal too.
Peverly and pick for Wheeler and Stuart

Posted by: topshelf | February 18, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that in the past GMGM would always say something to the effect of "things are pretty quiet now, I'm not anticipating anything big, we're talking and we might do a little thing or 2, or we might not do anything at all" and most of you would rip him for that.

Now's he's come out several times and is basically telling you moves are coming and that's not good enough either. Sheesh!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 18, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

We need points now - hope GMGM doesn't sit on his phone too long.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 18, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It's not just the powerplay holding the team back. The 2nd line isn't producing either. He'd better not be waiting until closer to the deadline to get another centre because it looks like other teams aren't wasting their time and holding out until the last minute this year.

Posted by: Stu_c | February 18, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't think a trade is really going to help, unless he trades for a new coaching staff.

Posted by: alanb1 | February 18, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

pokerface1208

talking about is different than doing it. plus the team is not guranteed a playoff spot. if you win 1 game and loose 3. they will miss the playoffs.

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we should make any moves that involve trading away draft picks. Let the flyers sell their future for a shot at the cup this year... we have the talent to compete in the playoffs this year and for years to come. After acquiring Hannan we don't have any more glaring weak spots- including the 2nd line center position; MJ and Perreault can handle that. We have a lot of talent coming in over the next few years and need to continue building on that. The only thing that might impact this is if Mike Green ends up being sidelined for weeks. We can't get it done with Sloan as the 6th man.

Posted by: johns2dp

MP and MaJo have proven that they cannot handle 2c. I really don't know how you can post something like this?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 18, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Boston game up a lot for both Kaberle who will be a UFA and Peverly who is more of 3rd line center on a good team. Not that the Caps don't need a 2nd line center or a good lefthand shot on the PP, but Boston gave up a essentially two No. 1's and a young talented center to get them. I can't see the Caps giving up a MoJo and a No. 1 for Rich Peverly.

There's still a lot of time between now and Feb. 28th to acquire a 2nd line center although Mike Fisher would have been a good pickup.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 18, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

To: johns2dp

No Glaring weak spots? Are you serious?

Have you seen the numbers of the centers? They need someone who will lead. The one missing link right now is guy like Federov. He kept Ovie and Semin and the others in check. He was just too old. They need another resepcted leader in the locker room. Someone who can score as well. GM needs to have some guts and go after Weiss. Trade a draft pick or two, Hershey is loaded and the young guys are going to need a place to step up. You can't pay everyone.

I am sure MJ will improve but MP is just too small. Not too many can do what St Louis does.

You can't expect to win next year all the time. There has to be accountability with the present at some point.

Posted by: nwdodson | February 18, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Now's he's come out several times and is basically telling you moves are coming and that's not good enough either. Sheesh!

Posted by: pokerface1208

Don't you know that's how many on here are. They will criticize no matter what happens. Just look at today with the Kaberle move. People were ripping on GMGM for possibly getting Kaberle(when there were rumors a while ago) and how that would be such a classic, idiotic move by GMGM to get a non-physical D-man. Fine. But now that Kaberle has been dealt to a team other than Caps some of those same people come on and start ripping GMGM for not acquiring Kaberle.

There are people who want to criticize just to criticize, no matter what happens.

Also, any sort of new info on who GMGM may be looking at. One thing all these trades have done is that the it has reduced the competitors looking for players. Pretty much Boston and Philly are done except for minor moves. Nashville is likely done also for acquiring contracts.

What team for forwards now, who actually have the cap room to do it. Pittsburgh is one, the Kings are another, the Caps I'm sure there are others but the amount of buyers is dwindling. That can be a good thing.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 18, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

what is the impact of orlov coming to hershey as is being reported. if he is ready can he be called up to play in the playoffs

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

U2 - I think you need to give MJ a lil more slack buddy. I agree that for this upcoming playoff season we need a better 2C. I'm a lil down on MP only b/c he has had more of an opportunity to succeed than MJ and has looked average at best. MJ will be a great center in this game some day. He's a heck of a lot better today than he was on opening night and he'll continue to improve.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 18, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@ wizfan89

I think you're right. B's gave up quite a bit. I'd rather do nothing than give up No. 1's in the draft. Everybody keep your shirt on. This team is not completely messed up. The Caps will do better in the playoffs this year for certain. I just gotta believe that there's a lot left in the tank.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 18, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it again, if McPhee has a bad trade deadline, he should never have another one for the Caps. He has to make several acquisitions. This team has holes, but they can be filled.

@nwdodson

I agree. No more holding back for the future. His job should be on the line.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 18, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from enjoying the beautiful weather outside. Thankfully that Kaberle to Boston trade finally happened, I was getting sick of hearing about it.

That Atlanta-Boston trade is very interesting and helps both teams. My guess is Peverly might be playing some Wing in Boston.

For those that are nervous about the Caps making a move, dont be. Things are going to happen, none of the players the Caps have been interested in are off the board. Hang in there, he's trying to make the team a lot better.

That being said if like some Caps fans have speculated we end up with Marty Reasoner, that is a big Cee Lo Green song to the fans. I know they are shooting much higher than that.

Don't be surprised if they hold Poti out for the remainder of the regular season and go over the salary cap with his LTIR space(Not necessarily going to happen, but wouldnt be surprised.) They are trying that hard to bring in a 2C and a W.

Posted by: ThePat | February 18, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Grab Kovalev, I know he's a winger but I think he could help and I think the price would be managable. He is a proven playoff performer most of the time. Still like to see a 2C but I'm a little more worried between the pipes!

Posted by: summitwalker | February 18, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface

I am talking about this year. Agree, MaJo should be good. But this year, and probably next, he should be the number 3.

MPs time here should be done.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 18, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

For those that are nervous about the Caps making a move, dont be. Things are going to happen, none of the players the Caps have been interested in are off the board. Hang in there, he's trying to make the team a lot better.

That being said if like some Caps fans have speculated we end up with Marty Reasoner, that is a big Cee Lo Green song to the fans. I know they are shooting much higher than that.

Don't be surprised if they hold Poti out for the remainder of the regular season and go over the salary cap with his LTIR space(Not necessarily going to happen, but wouldnt be surprised.) They are trying that hard to bring in a 2C and a W.

Posted by: ThePat

If I knew you, I would kiss you. This all sounds pretty good to me.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 18, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

He needs to make moves not just for the playoffs, but to get this team into the playoffs. They need a wakeup call. Obviously BB isn't going anywhere, so these Caps need more leadership and experience at the player level sooner rather than later. They are losing too many games and possible points.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 18, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@thepat

what do you think it's gonna cost us to get those players? BTW, thanks to you and poker for the inside scoops, when you're able to get them.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 18, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

by trading kaberle toronto helps the bruins with the pick they gave for kessel

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't be surprised if they hold Poti out for the remainder of the regular season and go over the salary cap with his LTIR space(Not necessarily going to happen, but wouldnt be surprised.) They are trying that hard to bring in a 2C and a W.

Posted by: ThePat

That's what I'm most curious about as the Caps could bring in much more if they have that cap room with Poti on the shelf. I could see the Caps getting Eric Brewer if Poti is out for the year(the salaries nearly match). It seems like GMGM likes to deal with Davidson.

With the amount of buyers now dwindling doesn't that possibly help the Caps. Not having Boston or Philly in the trade market would seem to help keep prices down. The Kings, Pens and maybe the Rangers are still players for forwards and have cap room but there aren't many else.

Also, it would seem that the time period after the Pens game would be a likely time for a deal to be made, not counting deadline day, as the Caps will be home after the Pens game and have 3 days off. Just a guess, but it makes sense.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 18, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

so given the choice, would u rather pick up one more similar D like hannan or the 2c? forget what we'd give up i'm just looking for peoples thoughts on whats a bigger need. i think a d man. i went last night and while it was pretty much an even played game, our D as a whole was pretty shaky. and i'm not just talking about that crucial stumble by carlson. erskine, sloan, shultz all were really indecisive with the puck. they get it and either immediately wing it up the boards, or play with it way to long. now give the sharks credit on the forecheck but i think our talent in the bottom half of our d is lacking. combine that with a subpar game from our alzner and carlson and it wont get it done. i think alzner and carlson are going to be great, but they need to be the third set not the first. they have a lot to learn. bringing in another hannan with some veteran knowledge will really help them as well as the D as a whole. Green IS NOT that guy. i love him but he is not the veteran d presence we need right now.

Posted by: Gotime32 | February 18, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

to get a 2c&winger&D would requre 3 trades and cap space of 8 to 10 million. that is a lot of pieces of puzzle to figure out

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If Poti isn't out for the year on LTIR or is not expected to be out for the year on LTIR, my guess is that the Caps acquire the best D-man they can get for a 4th round pick or so.

I think their main trade will be for a #2 center, with a slight possibility being a top-6 forward with Laich moving to 2nd line center.

Acquiring a #2 center is the Caps biggest need, IMO.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 18, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@natresgroup

A few of the guys they are looking at will just be a draft pick.

The others would cost more. Like a pick and a prospect, potentially a roster player.

Basically if they do make two trades they want to move a roster player in one of them.

Posted by: ThePat | February 18, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Mcphee just don't speak. Every year all contenders improve while you talk about deals that "cost too much." Let's face it, you rode Poile's team to a SCF, you got to hide behind the "rebuild" and now you are making excuses?

It's time for you to go. Should have been done years ago, but you had all the build in excuses.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 18, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else thing Ottawa got Craig Anderson to move him somewhere else? That trade really surprised me. They have Lerner and Leclaire should be back soon.

Posted by: ThePat | February 18, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat & SAOTI etc,

I'm thinking of our conversation earlier about GMGM not making a move til returning from the trip. I'm not so sure that's the case anymore. There's too many things going down right now. Granted I don't think today's moves directly impact us (I don't think we were interested in any of the players moved today) but there is an unusual amount of activity going on this far in front of the deadline. When we return from our trip Mon night/Tues morning our next game isn't until Fri @ VC vs NYR. I'm gonna guess the team we field @ VC that Friday night is different than the team is currently constructed even though there are still 3 days left after the NYR game.

The 2 best teams in the East today are Boston & Philly (throw Pitt in there if they get healthy). They've both gotten better. We need to do the same. I understnad the lack of activity over the offseason. I wouldn't understand it now AT ALL!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 18, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

ThePat

who are the potential targets

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat,

Ottawa probably thinks they could turn around and flip anderson to a contender and get something for him. It would be like trading elliot except elliot doesn't have nearly as much value as Anderson. Colorado probably wanted to dump Anderson's salary so they took a lesser player.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 18, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I want the Caps to turn into the win via transactions Skinz.

Brad Richards for Varley & one of the Futures Russian forwards & a #1. Lets mortgage it all for Fat Richards (hayesworth).

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 18, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

i'm nervous and excited at the same time. i really enjoy the thought of players coming in that can actually help the team and at the same time nervous on who we have to give up. i just hope that no matter what happens or who gets moved it's the caps that win out in the end. i want this team to live up to their potential. i just think back to the past when we traded away a lot of great young players. basically i'm just a wimp is what i'm saying. here's to hoping the pieces fit.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 18, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Anderson is Jim Carrey

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 18, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface

I agree our team a week from today will most likely be different.

Posted by: ThePat | February 18, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2:

Again: Hedge Duck is not the droid you are looking for.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 18, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Been a Caps fan since they came her.....
Bottom Line: Upper management is & will always be happy with being good....not great! ROCK THE RED...fill the seats...Whoopie. They never make the tough decisions when needed!
Gabby should be fired. His system does not work anymore, he has tried every line combination, going to a defensive style and still nothing. With the talent he has, this can not be tolerated. For those who disagree...examples - Pittsburgh fired there coach / won a cup! Chicago fired there coach / won a cup. Flyers fired there coach / went to the cup (before you balk, we never get past the second round). Devils did it several times, once with the best record in the league / yup, won 3-cups. Trade deadline is not going to fix this, McPhee has to grow a pair, let Gabby go & bring in someone else before it is too far gone. Personally I would like Mctavish as a coach. Went to a cup with the Oilers & always did well with very little talent, but could be someone else??
However, with all this complaining, I know we will do nothing, we always do NOTHING! It will be another year of "if we" and "we should have" afterthoughts well after the fact....WAY TOO LITTLE...ALWAYS TOO LATE!!

Posted by: POGUEHOCKEY | February 18, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Mercury News reporting that #sjsharks are close to acquiring another D-man today, possibly multiple moves

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

more hot air from the capital of hot air. if you aren't happy, make a move.

Posted by: doughless | February 18, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

@OVP

Yeah I agree with you on Ottawa and Anderson.

Posted by: ThePat | February 18, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

by the way, comparing the Caps and the Redskins in terms of how they are trying to win a championship is plain silly.

Posted by: doughless | February 18, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Read between the lines. GMGM is laying the groundwork for firing BB.

What GMGM just said was, "Hey, Bruce. You're running out of time. Fix it very soon or we'll fire you"

Posted by: CF11555 | February 18, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Read between the lines. GMGM is laying the groundwork for firing BB.

What GMGM just said was, "Hey, Bruce. You're running out of time. Fix it very soon or we'll fire you"

Posted by: CF11555"

BINGO

Posted by: nativedc | February 18, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Before this year I thought GMGM was much more the problem than BB - who else has GMGM hired, that can actually coach? Butch Cassidy? Ugh.

GMGM seems to place too much stock in guys he's drafted and/or the org has developed [Schultz, Fehr, probably Laich], when you combine that with BB's maddening [if endearing, somehow] and inexplicable loyalty to certain guys [Steckel, Schultz, Gordo], the end result can be, well, an early playoff exit.

GMGM overvalues Schultz, Fehr, probably Laich, those others, and Holtby - their trade value will never be higher.

overvalue his

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 18, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

sgm: I agree, Kaberle was not what we need most and the price (essentially 2 1st rounders) was very high.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 18, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ian White to SJ. Meanwhile, GMGM is thinking of starting a blog...

Posted by: jakopz | February 18, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

OMG! I hope nobody on this blog complains we didn't get Kaberle! Are you kidding me? He doesn't upgrade our D that much.

Our focus is on a top 6 forward starting at center.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 18, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

pokerface1208

true but upgrades the pp which has been poor

Posted by: samb99 | February 18, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface - ok I'll bite, other than Carlson and maybe Alzner, who do we have who's a better d-man than Kaberle? Green's a push - at best.

And Boston didn't give up all that much, for what they got. Kabs supposedly only would agree to one team, meaning there's a good chance he re-ups with them. Colborne's tall yeah, but so what, he's also slow and soft - not traditionally a combo destined for NHL success. Not saying Kaberle was what we needed, but Boston just significantly addressed a weakness - a puck-moving d-man - by getting one of the best in the business.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 18, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

uh oh! I haven't heard McPhee say clearly that he was unhappy with the team. Not even during the awful Hanlon days. Doesn't this translate directly to how disatisfied he is with BB. He didn't blame anything or anyone else.

Do you think that GM is forcing BB to play this more defensive style that is not working for him, kind of like when Snyder brought in the guy who called Bingo games to fix the problem? Well, I don't mean literally forcing him but pressuring him. I just can't buy it as a system that BB feels ownership for.


Posted by: caraveli | February 18, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Granted this team needs a 2nd Line Center, and some depth at D with Poti and Green out.

But what ever patching the Caps do, they have to consider the main problem and that is the malaise that has set in the club house. They need leadership and they need a new plan.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | February 18, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

We really need to replace Perreault. After watching tape, it's apparent his D help is lacking, he gets knocked off the puck easily, and looks stiff in the hips.
I'm telling ya, Perreault is NOT playing well right now. An upgrade would be nice.

Posted by: XCountryTrevor | February 18, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Remember when the Penguins acquired Kunitz and Guerin?

That's what the Caps need to do.

We need to acquire a veteran forward with Cup experience who can be clutch for this team and step up as a leader.

And we need another scrapper but one like Kunitz that can also score a goal once in awhile.

I think Jason Arnott would be a good addition for the second line and at 35 will not cost a fortune to acquire from the Devils. He has Cup experience and has the size and strength that Perreault and Johansson lack.

As far as the scrapper forward, this might be tougher to come by as several have changed hands.

Edmonton and the NY Islanders must have someone on their roster that can provide some depth heading into the playoffs.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 18, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The power play wont be enough but it would be a start. There are some games where the refs put the whistle away and then you wont get any PP and have to depend on even strength goals.

The Caps need to forecheck better to keep the puck on the other end for more time. They need to hold on to the puck more and do less dumping.

They need to stop sacrificing everything for defense. Its just killing the soul of this team and extremely boring to watch 60 minutes of dumping and chasing with 5 skaters on the blue zone or sitting around the box to block shots.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | February 18, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow..!! Finally, I agree with McPhee !
Guess what, George? I'm not happy with the results either. Neither are thousands of Caps fans.
Everybody, and I mean every fan, every coach, other teams' players, announcers, know that we lack toughness, we don't play the body, we don't (or can't) clear the crease, we don't win battles in the corners, etc, etc.
So...what are you going to do about it?

Posted by: scmonty1 | February 18, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Some of us are not happy in the least with McPhee. How long does he get to build a team capable of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, let alone win the trophy? One decade? Two decades? What has this man won as a GM anywhere? His self-assured confidence in the inevitability of future championships must be the first thing jettisoned from this organization, followed by McPhee.

Posted by: garrafa10 | February 19, 2011 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Even though we piss our pants every year in the playoffs, GMGM still feels he fielded a great team, even if he "isn't happy".

I name: Butch Cassidy !

Yea George, you're a real but kicker on the personnel moves. !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 19, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

McPhee's unhappy? Perhaps he can get a speaking part in Boudreau's next commercial.

Posted by: VirginiaLonghorn | February 19, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

There's a strictly cynical possibility here, but I wouldn't discount it: Ted has publically expressed his dissatisfaction...GMGM figures that he'd better sound like he's on the Boss's bus, whether or not he actually is. Classic bureaucratic move. We'll see whether he's on the bus or not.

As to any moves, I'm not sure that this team is fixable, unless in addition to any personnel moves, they bring in a great sports psychologist who's also fluent in Russian.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | February 19, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm a lifetime Caps fan. Just to give you a different perspective, I live in FL. I see a lot of coverage about the Lightening and for the past few years they looked up to the Caps and tried to emulate them. They didn't think they were a contender this year. When the Caps whooped them early in the year 6-0 there was talk here about being another year away. The big difference is that they are making all the right moves... and now talk here is about winning the cup AGAIN. They don't even talk about the Caps anymore... they talk about Philly, Detroit and the Cup. Im glad GMGM is upset, maybe he should fire himself. I'm sick to my stomach seeing this team under achieve. I feel sorry for the season ticket holders. "Rock the Red" and the energy will be gone after this year. Half empty arena filled with our old Patrick division rival fans will be back soon.... laughing at our organization.

Posted by: floridianschteve | February 19, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Ya Think!?! Katie, you've been doing a great job, but this blog and its quotes should have been posted a month ago. Please give us something new.

Posted by: higbutman | February 19, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I certainly hope the CAPS can turn things around—it has been depressing this season (in light of previous success and expectations going into the year). What needs to be done the turn the tide this year? What’s going on with this team?

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Posted by: humen8r | February 19, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that noticed we were doing well in the beginning of the season until McPhee started trading players and changing the chemistry of the team? Is it me? They have confidence - they just need McPhee to stop making them adjust to new players every month.

If he wants to make an acquisition, BRING BACK FEDEROV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jsaccone | February 22, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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