The past week or two I’ve been sick, hence the lack of posts, and, coincidentally, so have the Washington Capitals. After being shut out twice in three games, by the Thrashers and Devils (losing the other game to the Flyers in a shootout), morale must have been low. However, the last couple of games, things [...]
So far this season almost nothing in the Caps play has been as expected. The whole team has been a load of surprises, bar a few minor exceptions – like Tomas Fleischmann’s failure to win face-offs, Mathieu Perreault’s excellent performance when called upon and Jason Chimera playing well enough on the Caps’ third line to [...]
You would think that with my team 4th in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the South East Division leaders – Tampa Bay – and 5 wins in 8 games, I would be happy. Think again.
The past few games have highlighted the problems the Caps have had the start of the season – and it [...]
It was a crazy couple of nights to kick off the new season for the Washington Capitals. It started poorly, but finished on a high.
First off on Friday night were the Atlanta Thrashers. After last season’s series sweep, I, like many fans, was confident of a pretty easy for the Caps. But a poor performance [...]
The Capitals finished off their preseason on Sunday with a disappointing 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators to finish with five wins and just one loss. Going into camps and games, there were two roster spots available. One was at second/third line center, depending on what the coaching staff and organisation management choose to do [...]
During this offseason the Capitals have been unsurprisingly (at least I’m not surprised) inactive. All the restricted free agents have now been signed, but other than that, the only notable move in Washington was acquiring enforcer D.J. King from the St. Louis Blues. News did break a couple of weeks ago that Eric Belanger [...]
We are now a few weeks into the off-season and although the Washington Capitals have been relatively quiet, there have been a few key events.
Heading into the draft on June 25th, there was speculation over what the Caps might do. Would they trade their first round pick? Would they trade Semin? Would they bring in [...]
Boyd Kane – 3 Games, 0 Goals-0 Assists-0 Points, -1 Rating
One who will see very little, if any, time in Washington in future years; confined to providing experience and leadership to the Hershey Bears. Grade: D
Mike Knuble – 69 Games, 29 Goals-24 Assists-53 Points, +23 Rating
A fantastic signing in the offseason and fully deserves the [...]
Jason Chimera – 39 Games, 7 Goals-10 Assists-17 Points, +6 Rating
I was sceptical about the trade that brought Chimera to the Caps, as we were losing captain Chris Clark, but he slotted into the line up quite nicely at third line left wing, and gradually increased the line’s production. His speedy game contributed to the [...]
Keith Aucoin – 9 Games, 1 Goal-4 Assists-5 Points, -2 Rating
His brief spell in the NHL was a successful one, however the aging Aucoin has never really seemed to possess the quality to play regularly for the Capitals, despite leading the AHL in regular season scoring with 106 points. Aucoin will remain in the Capitals [...]