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08:24 AM ET 02.24 | Once a thrill-a-minute Stanley Cup contender, the Caps are now merely playoff contenders -- somewhat remarkably under the circumstances. [The] finger-pointing is in full effect, which always helps. Coach Dale Hunter made Roman Hamrlik a healthy scratch because of penalties, and Thursday the veteran defenceman told Washington reporters, "You should ask him about the penalties because when he played I think he make lots of penalties himself. He should know better." This came on the heels of Hunter's criticism of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, which prompted agent Allan Walsh to get involved via Twitter, as he is wont to do. And all of this, of course, paled in comparison to the criticism of Alexander Ovechkin by [Olaf Kolzig].

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February 24, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Sorry, but in my mind the only memory of Hunter will always be the cross-check on Turgeon...well after the goal.
And his coaching has only reconfirmed it!

February 24, 2012  08:39 AM ET
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Sorry, but in my mind the only memory of Hunter will always be the cross-check on Turgeon...well after the goal.And his coaching has only reconfirmed it!

an excellent metaphor of the player and the coach.

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February 24, 2012  08:46 AM ET

so who else makes the push in the East? I don't see it out of Tampa Bay, and Toronto's goalies are imploding.

February 24, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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I want Vokoun in a Leaf jersey. After the Leafs miss the playoffs and fire Wilson, of course.

already have the summer plans, eh?

February 24, 2012  08:49 AM ET

This is a shame, a damn shame.

Caps' fans, correct me if I am wrong, but did I hear correctly that certain players are asked to be sit out of games, i.e. Knuble, Ovie, etc.? If that's a case, that is horrible. Nothing says team like: "Sitting this one out, coach." Damn right, time for an imposion!

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February 24, 2012  09:05 AM ET

The Caps need a tourniquet to prevent further hemorrhaging.

February 24, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Dear Dale,

I knew I would find you.

Sincerly,

Karma

February 24, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dear Dale,

I knew I would find you.

Sincerly,

Karma

Well done!

February 24, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dear Dale,I knew I would find you.Sincerly,Karma

BING BING BING...no more calls please, we have a winner

So the Rangers' fan whole-heartedly (a phrase that can't be used very often about The Caps) agrees with the Devils' fan about a cheap shot on an Islander....I love hockey fans, and am proud to be one

February 24, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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When a team can't put more than 3 goals in a game (usually not even that many), and the goaltending is horrendous (save last night - Jimmy actually played pretty well), you ain't makin the offs.Funny thing is they play 4 straight games against struggling teams before the Bruins stroll into town and could easily go into that game in 8th. But after that, poof. If i'm Burke, i'm really trying hard to dump salary and get a goaltender for Grabovski etc.

I can't get into CapGeek - how long are Reimer and Gustavvson's contracts, and the cap hits right now? more wondering for the ability to get a Vokoun type goalie, w/his contract

February 24, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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I want Vokoun in a Leaf jersey. After the Leafs miss the playoffs and fire Wilson, of course.

I hope you get him before Monday night....provided no unforseen irking occurs

February 24, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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BING BING BING...no more calls please, we have a winnerSo the Rangers' fan whole-heartedly (a phrase that can't be used very often about The Caps) agrees with the Devils' fan about a cheap shot on an Islander....I love hockey fans, and am proud to be one

Here here.

Hunter is gone after this year. No way he stays on as coach. There should only be a handful of players that come back next season. Ovi, Green, Backstrom are their core. After that, get rid of the rest of the underachievers.

Let the fire sale begin!!!

February 24, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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This is a shame, a damn shame.Caps' fans, correct me if I am wrong, but did I hear correctly that certain players are asked to be sit out of games, i.e. Knuble, Ovie, etc.? If that's a case, that is horrible. Nothing says team like: "Sitting this one out, coach." Damn right, time for an imposion!

I hadn't heard that before but the infighting has begun. Ted is going to have to wade into this and clean it up. Its not like he can fall back on the Wiz to get a title.

February 24, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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I hope you get him before Monday night....provided no unforseen irking occurs

Do you think the low cost of his contract makes him move valuable? I know it makes him more movable but can the Caps get a higher draft pick because Voukon is cheap?

Ship him off to the Leafs....do it. Who cares at this point. The team needs a wake up call and maybe letting Neuvy and Holtby get their licks in before the end of this season, will prep them more for next.

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February 24, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Just wondering, doesn't using Empire suggest that they were at one time successful? I call shenanigans on this one.

 
February 24, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Do you think the low cost of his contract makes him move valuable? I know it makes him more movable but can the Caps get a higher draft pick because Voukon is cheap?Ship him off to the Leafs....do it. Who cares at this point. The team needs a wake up call and maybe letting Neuvy and Holtby get their licks in before the end of this season, will prep them more for next.

I think Vokun is a much better goalie than this season may be showing. Team malaise can be catchy. But really, why do people think Neuvirth is so good? Personally, I saw nothing in him (or in Varlamov for that matter) that justifies the stock they're putting in the guy.

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