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Washington’s Biggest Mistake

Capitals General Manager George McPhee has made some absolutely gorgeous decision this season. Whether it be the trade for Scott Hannan, picking up Marco Sturm off waivers or acquiring what appears to be the team’s new locker room leader, Jason Arnott, for almost nothing, GMGM should be in the running for GM of the year. To bad his most recent decision, to send Braden Holtby back to Hershey, is his worst of the year and one that could really hurt the Caps in just a few weeks. Continue reading

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A Mental Challenge for the Future No. 1

If you make it to the Verizon Center early enough you make get a chance to witness one of the biggest upsides to Braden Holtby’s game. Before anyone steps out on to the ice, before the lights are even turned all the way up and certainly before he has even put his equipment on, Holbty begins his pre-game routine. It can be lengthy and a little confusing, more on that later, but it is just one part of his mental game. Continue reading

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Sometimes the Best Moves for Improvement Arrive from Within

For just about the entire offseason, we have been preaching that the Caps need to make a move and sign someone, anyone, to make their team better. After two disappointing postseasons in a row, you would think the front office would be aggressive when it came to filling holes on the team. Continue reading

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Interview With Alzner

On Wednesday, 106.7’s Overtime w/ Bill Rohland featured a Hershey Bear who’s sure to have a big impact in D.C. this season: Karl Alzner. According to Tarik:

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but McPhee pretty much said both John Carlson and Karl Alzner will be full-timers in Washington next season. “He’s shown us enough,” McPhee said of Alzner, who scored a huge goal in the first period of Monday’s Calder Cup-clinching win and was a rock on the blue line. “He could have been in the NHL last year. But the way our team was playing last year, we didn’t want to tinker with the chemistry too much and we thought he would be better off if we kept him playing. He’s a guy we expect to be in Washington.”

Listen to the audio here, if nothing else, to hear him explain how he looked like Wolverine for the team photo. Continue reading

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Blogging in a Swirl and Swarm of Champions

This footage we shot last night won’t be entered in any filmfests any time soon, but that wasn’t the design. We simply hoped to capture the spirit and flavor of a remarkable moment, one we were beyond fortunate to have been invited … Continue reading

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Bears-Stars On Comcast SportsNet, 8:30 p.m.

A friendly TV reminder: Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals is on Comcast SportsNet tonight; coverage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tonight is a must-win game for the Bears against the upstart Stars—particularly since the AHL uses the 2-3-2 format. Continue reading

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Winning is in the Air for Washington Hockey

The Washington Capitals were set up for a letdown last night against the Phoenix Coyotes, but the team was able to hold on to the lead and prevail 4-2. A particular one minute and thirty second span of time in … Continue reading

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