Quick Hits: Caps, D.C. United and Plax are in
The Washington Capitals are in. They just extended their winning streak to six in a row. Alexander Semin is on fire, scoring a goal in each of the last three games. Alex Ovechkin also had a great showing against Edmonton, posting two goals and an assist. He seems to be finding his rhythm late in the season.
There's been much speculation as to why he has struggled this year. Maybe he's healthy again or he's now in the type of shape he needs to be to play like the Great 8 that we've come to know. Whatever the reason, I'm sure his coaches, teammates and fans are just glad he is making plays again.
Braden Holtby filled in for the injured Michal Neuvirth and had an outstanding night, letting no hockey pucks into his net. The emergence of Holtby gives this team, just like last season, three willing and able bodies at goaltender.
The Caps have a tough game against the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the elite teams in the NHL. With it being playoff time and battling for seedings, I look for the Caps to try to open the points gap, and a win against a very talented Blackhawks team would do just that.
This team has shown its resilience late in this season. Look for the momentum to continue to build.
D.C. United and new head coach Ben Olsen are in. Last season, the United had the worst team in the MLS but they seem to be showing that they are ready to compete this year. They are 7-0-1 in preseason. Who cares that they've only played two matches against top-tier opponents?
I think it's a great beginning for this team and hopefully they can build on their preseason success heading into the regular season. They will finish up the preseason Saturday against Toronto FC and then begin preparing for the March 19 opener against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.
Here's wishing the United and Ben Olsen a great year.
Plaxico Burress is set to be released from prison this June and will be reinstated to the NFL immediately. He's been away from the game for two seasons and he's two years older, but at the right price tag I believe taking a chance on Burress could prove to be most beneficial.
In my opinion, Burress is such a unique player, with his height and speed, that even after being away for two years I believe he will still have the ability to transition back onto the field in a good amount of time. He certainly will need to knock the rust off, but receiver is a position that will require him to get back into shape more than anything else.
So that leaves the questions: Will a June release give him enough time to prepare for a July start of the season? And should the Redskins go after him?
Again, if the price tag is right, I think it's worth a try. The Redskins have a void at the receiver position, a big one. So bring him in and see if he can regain form. If he does, they have addressed a major need. If he doesn't, then his contract would be disposable and they can cut him loose and move on. They still have yet to put a tall downfield target on the field like a Burress.
What makes this a hard sell is the Redskins have had very little success with choosing free agents and this is a big year for Mike Shanahan. So it may be a stretch to see Burress here. But, then again, that may mean we should look for Plaxico Burress to be a Redskin. That's usually how it works.
Stay tuned because I sure do have plenty of "outs"!
| March 10, 2011; 10:03 AM ET
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