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Ovechkin's Drop in Points

Adam Oates had a pretty great day Tuesday being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and getting his first head coaching job with the Washington Capitals. What is he going to have to do to keep that job?

Flames get ahead of the 8-Ball

It was a busy day for the Calgary Flames as they traded and signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Washington Capitals and re-signed forward Blake Comeau.

Adam Oates hired as Capitals coach

Former Caps captain Adam Oates was hired by the team as its new coach on Tuesday. 

Oates, 49, was most recently an assistant for the Devils for the past two seasons. Before that, Oates spent a year on the Tampa Bay Lightning staff. The Oates hire marks the fifth-straight hire by Caps general manager George McPhee as head coach with no prior head coaching experience. 

The former NHL star had spent the last couple seasons helping turn Devils superstar Ilya Kovalchuk into a two-way player. He is said to pay extreme attention to detail and is credited with helping Zach Parise along in the past few seasons. 

Former teammates have said that Oates will be a "...

Washington Capitals select Thomas Wilson with 16th pick in NHL Draft

 

The Washington Capitals selected Thomas Wilson with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

A Toronto native, Wilson has been coined as a two-way power forward whose size and strength are his greatest attributes. His aggressive style combined with his determination makes an impact in all phases of the game.

The 6’4, 203-pound, winger spent two years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers and scored 33 points in 77 games. While those numbers might not give much insight into the type of forward Wilson is, his penalty minutes certainly do.

In his first year with the Whalers, he had 71 penalty minutes. In his second, he&rsq...

Washington Capitals Select Filip Forsberg With No. 11 Overall Selection

With the No. 11 Selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals have selected Filip Forsberg.

Forsberg is a talented skater capable of speed and strength, which frustrates opponents while trying to stop him when attacking the offensive zone.

One of his biggest assets is his agility, which allows him to get back on defense as well as maneuver in tight spaces. With the right line mates, some believe he could develop into a prolific scorer at the NHL level.

Standing at six-foot-two and weighing 181 pounds, Forsberg has spent the last three seasons as a member of Leskands IF of the Swedish professional league HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest professional league...

Capitals first round draft possibilites

 

The Washington Capitals find themselves with two first round picks in this weekends 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The picks, No. 11 and No. 16, give the team a chance to continue injecting young high-end talent into the organization. 

Washington will be busy too, with a league-high 11 draft picks over the weekend. 

In recent years, the Caps and general manager George McPhee have gone with the "best player available" draft strategy. The returns have been significant, adding talent up front like Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and others among the years. They've also struck gold on defense with young an...

Caps coaching search update (or lack there of)

It's been over a month since Dale Hunter announced he wouldn't be returning behind the bench for the Washington Capitals. 

Since then, general manager George McPhee has been interviewing candidates that have possibly included veteran NHL bench bosses like Pat Quinn, Marc Crawford and ex-Caps coach Terry Murray. McPhee has also looked at some NHL assistant coaches like former Cap Adam Oates, John Stevens and Mike Sullivan according to reports. 

The Caps have also interviewed in-house candidates like assistants Dean Evason and Jim Johnson, but McPhee was noncommittal as to whether either would return to the team next season, telling reporters, "We'll s...

Dale Hunter won't return to Caps in 2012-2013

Back in November when Caps General Manager George McPhee was looking for an interim coach to replace the fired Bruce Boudreau, he said he needed to find someone that he, and his players could trust. 

He found that man in former Capitals captain Dale Hunter. 

Now, McPhee realizes that it's time for the interim marriage to end. 

 

​Dale Hunter won't return to the Caps next season, and will return to the London Knights of the OHL. 

"If we have our priorities right in this life that family comes first. Dale needs to go home," said McPhee Monday morning.&n...

Comparing Ovechkin to Yzerman? Not a Chance

Ken Campbell wrote an interesting yet laughable article for The Hockey News about Washington Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin's 'evolving superstar status' in which he compares Ovie to Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman.

Here is an excerpt from Campbell's article:

When Steve Yzerman reached the crossroad of his career, he had the option of going one of two ways. He could either continue as a one-way offensive dynamo or he could reinvent himself as a two-way player.

Had he taken the first option, there’s a good chance Yzerman would have never won a single Stanley Cup. Either he would have been dealt from the Detroit Red Wings or he wouldn’t have been able to provide them with the type of play they needed for him to lead them to three championships. Because he chose the latter, not only was he an integral part of three championship teams, but he also cemented his Hall of Fame credentials and his status as one of the greatest leaders and players of all-time.

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. Washington Capitals ( 7 )  It's not surprising that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals got to the second round, it's how the got here. The Rangers were taken to the bring of elimination against an eighth seeded Ottawa Senators team who, let's face it, probably had no business being in the playoffs in the first place. The Capitals were not favorites in their series against the Boston Bruins, and had their own troubles on their way to a 7th place finish in the regular season, but with the talent they had, and a ridiculous hot rookie goaltender in Braden Holtby they d...