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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Quick Hits: Caps, D.C. United and Plax are in

By LaVar Arrington

My "ins":

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"!

By LaVar Arrington  | March 10, 2011; 10:03 AM ET
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Dumbest article ever...Let me see if I can guess your "Outs" Skins, Nats, and Wiz? Maybe the Post can make me a writer too? I'll call it Most Obvieous Thoughts on Sports. My first post will be "Winning is better than losing."

Posted by: Steve12341 | March 10, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Uh... who was the third goaltender last year???

And the Caps have a game on Friday night against the Canes before Sunday's game against Chicago. They may want to pay a little more attention to that one before preparing for Chicago.

Posted by: CapsNut | March 10, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

who will be the first to point out that it is "United" not "the United?" this entry doesn't count.

Posted by: torrey151 | March 10, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

What isn't included above are the comments of Steelers and Giants players about how difficult it is for Burress to get along with his coaches and play by the rules.

Sounds like another player that can go out of control at any time on or off the field.

One would have to question if Shanahan with a poor 2010 season behind him in which little went right is going to go 'all in' on a player like that who is also 34 years old.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | March 10, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Lavar, for talking about the Caps and United!

Neuvirth was the "third goaltender" last year behind Varlamov and Theodore.

Posted by: JasonM1 | March 10, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Burress certainly has the character to fit in with the Redskins, some of which seem like they could use armed back-up when attending clubs.

Posted by: mike8 | March 10, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Burress would be a great addition to the Redskins (if there is a season), if he has the right attitude. Vick has been as successful as he has been because his attitude has been right. I hope Plaxico Burress follows suit and has a great year.

Posted by: sherberg | March 11, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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