Category Archives: Marco Sturm

Three Keys to Avoid Capital Punishment

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as is every NHL postseason, a treacherous hike. The Capitals would be in the Rockies if this was a race to cross the country, suffocating from lack of oxygen and preparedness. If this team is … Continue reading

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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

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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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Marco Sturm Makes Fitting In With New Team Look Easy

He may have had the quietest boxscore debut of the three newest Capitals, but before two weeks had passed, veteran Marco Sturm had already received an on-air compliment from one team leader: Brooks Laich. Continue reading

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More One-Goal Drama, Further Climbing up the Standings

You didn’t want this one preserved on the DVR, but the bottom line is that a Mike Green-less Capitals club has scratched and clawed its way through a litany of one-goal victories of late to reclaim first place in the … Continue reading

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Caps Claim And Waive A King?

Sturm claimed? Update: Yep. Confirmed. The natural left winger was claimed today by the Capitals. Read into it what you will. Meanwhile, D.J. King has been waived.

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