Category Archives: Dennis Wideman

The Unexpected Rebuild

“Who’s putting the puck in the net?” in D.C. next season, Greg Wyshynski wonders, while digesting the news of Alexander Semin signing with Carolina. I wonder too. Let us hope that the captain shows up in shape this fall. Or: … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, Front Office, George McPhee, hockey blogging, Mathieu Perreault, Media, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals | 20 Comments

The Club That’s Needed Has Been Built

The sort of Capitals club I’d want to see contest an NHL postseason would be able to roll four lines almost interchangeably, impact achieved rather uniformly among them, and cumulatively, deliver an impact that wears down a quality opponent the … Continue reading

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Getting to Know More About Dennis Wideman

Caps fans know the team-related basics about defenseman Dennis Wideman: he joined the franchise around last season’s trade deadline, he brings power play skills and general offensive talent to the blueline, he’s a former Florida Panther/Boston Bruin/St. Louis Blues player, … Continue reading

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Chatter on the Caps’ Bench Is About Brouwer’s Skill

Troy Brouwer wasn’t the star of the Caps’ Monday night 6-5 shootout win against Tampa Bay. That went to his teammate Jason Chimera, who had two third-period goals. In fact, Brouwer couldn’t even claim the title of second or third … Continue reading

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It’s Just the Second Round, but the Caps This Spring Are Standing Tall

There are eight teams left vying for hockey’s grand prize, and this morning, it’s interesting to reflect on the relative status of our Capitals. Put bluntly: have the Capitals ever looked quite as formidable and buzz-worthy relative to their remaining … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL Network, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 5 Comments

A Bad Matchup Indeed — for New York

This Rangers club was supposed to be a bad matchup for these Capitals. Big up front, racsally around the net, opportunistic offensively, a good defensive club backstopped by a premiere netminder. Turns out, the Capitals are a very bad matchup … Continue reading

Posted in Dennis Wideman, Eastern Conference, Jason Arnott, Jason Chimera, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 11 Comments

Maybe, Just Maybe, the Stars at Last Are Aligning

I know as well as anyone in this town what this morning is supposed to represent . . . and optimism isn’t encoded in it. These are the NHL playoffs after all, and our local entry in them is a … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Eastern Conference, George McPhee, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Memo to the Revisionists: It Was a Tale of Two Seasons

How will you remember the 2010-11 Capitals’ regular season? I ask because at least one prominent person in town – the team owner — thinks that to date I’ve judged his team too harshly on the campaign. My critique began near the end of last summer, when I observed management execute a largely passive approach to roster improvement in the offseason, while East rivals Pittsburgh and Philly aggressively improved. Not that I’m a throw-mad-money-at-free-agents kind of guy; never have been, never will be. But if you’ve just been vanquished in round one, as the Caps were last April, and you sit on your hands all summer, rest assured your conference peers will gain ground on you.

Through about 50 games into 2010-11, there was plenty of ground-gaining, you’ll recall. For instance: the Caps, having won the Southeast division title just a year ago by 40 points, trailed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast in late February. That’s ground-gaining alright. And it’s not as if Tampa in the offseason acquired Bobby Orr and Mr. Hockey in their prime. Continue reading

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A Wicked and Freak Injury and Its Potential Impact on a Promising Postseason

The prospect is very real that Dennis Wideman, the Capitals’ very best defenseman, won’t play hockey again this season. And that would be an enormous setback for a surging hockey club plausibly optimistic — if it somehow can regain some … Continue reading

Posted in Bengt Gustafsson, Dennis Wideman, Eastern Conference, Hockey injuries, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Washington Capitals | 10 Comments

Snapshots: High Winds With Some Sunny Skies in Washington

Last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was summed up best by Matt Hendricks when he described it as one that got away. The team had ample opportunity to capitalize on some key chances but were never able to finish. It was that inability to see a play all the way through that ended up costing the Caps a win. Continue reading

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