Trading Now Is of No Consequence

Trying to think of an instance in NHL history in which a 120-pt., President’s trophy winning club one season endured during the very next 7-0 and 6-0 whitewashings at the hands of a longstanding, bitter rival — one who executed the beatdowns from a lower position in the standings. Has it ever happened before? Ever?

What is most infuriating about Friday night — perhaps — is that the Capitals in effort and achievement were clones of their previous appearance on home ice — a lifeless 4-1 humiliation to L.A. on February 12 that also had the home crowd howling its disgust.

  • In their last three home games the Capitals have scored a grand total of 1 goal.
  • Since December 4, 2010, the Capitals have played 18 home games. They’ve won a grand total of 5 of them.
  • Whose responsibility it to ensure that whoever is wearing a Capitals’ red sweater leaving the team’s locker room and marching out onto Verizon Center ice before an ever sold out arena at 7:00 in the evening . . . acts as if he gives a damn about what happens over the next 135 minutes?
  • Great time to invoice season ticket holders for a healthy increase for next season, no?
  • The Capitals have now been shut out nine times on the 2010-11 campaign. You have to go back to the team’s inaugural season of ’74-’75 — when they were one of the worst teams in the history of professional sports — and the 45-loss club of 1998-99 to find rivals for such offensive infamy.
  • If you are George McPhee this very moment, would you be of the opinion that a trade or two could fundamentally reorient the heart of this hockey club?

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11 Responses to Trading Now Is of No Consequence

  1. Ray in MD says:

    Enough is enough. They’re crashing out of the playoffs as the injuries mount & the lack of effort continues. Saves me $ & yet another playoff heartache.

  2. OvieTracker says:

    This Jekyll and Hyde team will try the patience and loyalty of even the most devoted fans.

    I said this over at Japers’ Rink. I’ve almost reached the point where I believe GM McPhee won’t make a deal before the trade deadline because he’s come to the conclusion this isn’t the Caps’ year to make a realistic run at the Cup. They are more than just one player away from being that kind of elite team. This team needs at least 3 or 4 pieces if they’re going to get serious about a Cup run. So there’s no point in dealing now, giving up promising prospects when there’s little chance it will pay off. I wouldn’t be shocked if he holds his cards and folds, allowing the youngsters to develop for a run NEXT YEAR.

  3. I tend to agree with Ovietracker at this point. A 2C, a scoring winger and a puck moving defenseman are all needed at this point.

    Backstrom is not near 100%, Fehr is still not even rumored to be returning, Semin is off in space again, and if Green is lost for an extended period of time, all bets are off. They really mishandled his injury from the very beginning, IMO.

    Too much is needed, and the time to address the 2C was the off-season, not at the trade deadline. They came in HOPING Fleischmann was the answer, and when it was not, turned to two rookies, however talented they may be. This was 85’s make-or-break year, and 90 should have been in the “A” all season, IMO.

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  5. I am one who interprets McPhee’s hand-sitting this player shuffle season as a tacit acknowledgment that his hand is junk, in the grand scheme of things, and that drawing from dealer won’t appreciably change that.

    What bothers me most is that this organization hasn’t aggressively bolstered Ovi’s surrounding pieces. So the Potis and the Schultzes of the roster get re-upped, Corvos and Belangers brought in, while Shero for instance boldly re-engineers each deadline, offseason. Ovechkin is a once in a generation talent. Increasingly his time in D.C. is being wasted.

  6. Dave says:

    Bravo pucks and books. You hit the nail on the head. McPhee is out of his league. He is a disgrace.

  7. sonja says:

    I was fully prepared for a stinker of a loss last night. It was in the cards because of the lead up; that is to say, 3 nights off, plus only one day of skating before the game. But a stink BOMB? That’s a stretch.

    I’m glad I was out with friends having a fun evening, rather than wasting my time in front of the television.

    These guys are playing like whipped puppies who have lost all confidence in themselves. There is no trade in the world which will overcome that.

  8. Cathy W says:

    I am of the view that since they are still in a playoff spot then they need to do something to fix the team. Otherwise, why should we waste money on playoff tickets if there is no hope at all?

  9. Bill says:

    No heart. No desire. No intensity. No offense. No leadership. Anybody remember when Caps home games were exciting, noisy, fun, rock the red, unleash the fury, leap out of your seat enthusiastic, lead the league, worth paying a couple of hundred bucks for an evening of entertainment? Can someone please remind me again why we decided to copy the dull, uninteresting, New Jersey defensive style to win fewer games…

  10. Toaster13 says:

    Amen about the season tix…am glad I’m not the only one that thought that. That’s a 50 percent increase when factored over two years!

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