The Caps go into the Olympic break with some pretty sorry losses. In the last 4 games the Capitals played they were out scored 21 to 7. The worst game came against the Eastern Conference worst Pittsburgh Penguins were the Caps looked to come out with a lot of rage rather than play the game.
The Caps looks now to try and finish strong in the final stretch of the season, but can their legs carry them. With the Caps top scorer playing in the Olympics, it is still to be seen how Alex Ovechkin can keep his legs under him.
Olaf Kolzig signs a two year extension with the Caps that quells the rumors of a possible trade of the all-star goaltender. And there is new talk and rumor about a possible trade with Nashville for Brendan Witt. Many teams looking to the post season would like to beef up their blue lines with an experienced Witt so I am fairly confident that Witt will not be in a Capitals sweater by season’s end.
The Capitals should considering shaving some of there prospects away for better more consistent players. Possible players I would think GM George McPhee should consider a trade for include Brooks Laich, Brian Sutherby, Ivan Majesky, and Mathieu Biron. I would hate to see Sutherby go, but his solid play has proven him to be a solid player that increases his value for a trade.
But no trades will come during the Olympics, in which the first Men’s Ice Hockey game is on Wednesday. The break comes with some relief for the Capitals were they can work on improving their system and allow injured players time to heal their bodies before NHL play continues in two weeks.
So with the Caps off the Ice I will start commenting on the Olympic effort of the US, and my next couple of posts will come soon on Women’s and Men’s Hockey from Torino Italy. And make snow angels in the freshly laid 10 inches of snow that fell this weekend in the D.C. area.