Is this the year the Washington Capitals put the doubters to rest? Four years in succession of playoff failure has left many in the hockey community wondering if the Caps will ever be able to reach the next level. We won’t get the answer to this question until next spring, but this is the best Caps team [...]
The dog days of summer are among us, and the hockey world has a thirst for some legitimate hockey news. Thankfully we have newly minted Florida Panther Matt Bradley to help us along. The former Washington Capitals’ winger took to the airwaves in Ottawa and was asked about the Capitals troubles in the postseason and [...]
It’s been a busy 24 hours for George McPhee to say the least. Since the free agency period began on July 1, the Capitals have made major strides in changing their identity for the upcoming season. The additions of Joel Ward, Roman Hamrlik, Jeff Halpern, and Tomas Vokoun presumeably catapult the Capitals to the top [...]
The already weak unrestricted free agent market took another hit today as the Capitals announced the signing of Brooks Laich to a six year contract. The contract will pay Laich an average of $4.5 million per season over the course of the contract, totaling $27 million. The contract also contains a limited no trade clause [...]
Capitals’ General Manager George McPhee went a different route on draft day. Instead of using the Capitals’ 26th pick in the NHL draft to improve the future, he made a move to improve the present squad. McPhee traded the 26th pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Troy Brouwer. Brouwer will occupy the left wing with [...]
The Washington Capitals are now four years into a decade long plan of being an elite team in the NHL; decorated with multiple Stanley Cups. To this point, the organization has failed to deliver on that promise after yet another post season meltdown. The Capitals were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning in their conference [...]
We’ve all heard the cliché ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’. With the Capitals clinging to a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers, this seems like logical advice one might give to Bruce Boudreau and the Caps’ coaching staff. Through the first three games of the series, Boudreau’s lineup has remaining the [...]
The fate of the Capitals’ season rests in the hands of George McPhee. McPhee has just under two weeks to right the ship that has been veering off course since the beginning of December. No pressure, right? Since breezing through the first month and half of the season, the Capitals have been walking a path [...]
In this latest installment of my Weekly Musings series, where I speak to the general nature of the Washington Capitals over the last week, it will be awfully difficult to point out any positives. The Caps have now lost four games in a row and have looked dreadful in all four of those losses. Losses [...]
This will be the first post in a series of posts that will come once per week at Hockey Indpendent. The goal here is to provide some insight and analysis on aspects of the Capitals’ season that are trending in both a positive and negative way. I will go ahead and answer the obvious question. [...]
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Let’s face it, the IIHF World Championship is a tournament no NHL player wants to be apart of. Why? It is smack-dab right in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That’s why. Don’t get me wrong, playing for one’s country is an incredible honor (an honor I will never experience) and a source of [...]
The Olympic hockey script has played out exactly as NBC and many fans in North America would have liked. The majority of US hockey enthusiasts would have wanted a Canada match for the gold. In many ways the young US team has already won their prize, few thought they could capture a medal. With another opportunistic [...]
Nicklas Lidstrom became the first player to captain a team to a Stanley Cup who was not from the US or Canada.
If the Caps are on their way to raising a Cup, it would certainly be a nice vision to behold the GR8 Eight hoisting the Stanley Cup for the fans at the Verizon Center with “C” elegantly emblazoned on his chest.
But is he ready for that much more of a challenge?
The Washington Capitals are about to embark on their toughest three game stretch through the first two months on the season. The Caps will play their next three games in hostile territory, this time in a tour of the Northwest division. Starting tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche, Friday night against the Canucks, and finally in a HNIC showdown against the Edmonton Oilers.
The league-best Capitals welcome back Mike Knuble as they host their divisional foes, and current league-worst, the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the Verizon Center. Read on for game preview as well as game notes…
The Caps returned John Carlson and Andrew Gordon to the Hershey Bears and recalled Karl Alzner in order to shore up the blue line. Washington has lost 3 in a row, but are still hanging onto a tie for 1st in the Eastern Conference. With a win tonight, they could vault into sole possession of the top spot.
Washington Can Snap Mini Slump versus Senators Backup It will be Brain Elliot starting in nets for the Ottawa Senators tonight as the Capitals pay a visit to the National Capital of their neighbours to the North. Washington, currently mired in a mini slump since they crossed the border, will be seeking to re-ignite their extremely [...]
Washington is looking to bounce back from their 3-2 loss to the Habs last night as they face the worst team in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Caps vs Habs preview. No Gionta, No Semin, Price vs Varlamov, John Carlson makes his NHL debut and Georges Laraque returns to the Habs lineup…