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08:25 AM ET 02.06 | Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has proved to be a patient man, and the team's hiring of Adam Oates may yet test that patience. The problem is obvious: The Capitals don't have 60 or 70 games. They don't have a full season. They are already nine games into an abbreviated 48-game schedule. With the NHL's worst record entering Tuesday night -- 2-6-1, for a .278 points percentage -- can they build their identity and make the playoffs and make a run? It's far too soon to give up. The Capitals entered Tuesday night still only three points out of eighth in the East. What if everything clicks? But while there needs to be a sense of urgency on the inside, there also needs to be an understanding on the outside that Oates has the biggest coaching challenge in the NHL.

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February 6, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Ahhhh yes. I feel young again. It's just like 1974-75. The golden year when we were 8-67-5. Except then we actually tried once in a while. Not much success but some effort. Different this year. Not much success. Not much effort. Maybe Ovie needs a raise?

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February 6, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ahhhh yes. I feel young again. It's just like 1974-75. The golden year when we were 8-67-5. Except then we actually tried once in a while. Not much success but some effort. Different this year. Not much success. Not much effort. Maybe Ovie needs a raise?

I feel your pain brother.
My team was better on paper. I think playing well every other game is even more maddening

February 6, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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Can the Leafs play the Caps every night?

Please do Danny. Somebody ought to get something out of the season we're working on!

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February 6, 2013  08:54 AM ET

they should be in the race for seth jones or nate mchowever you spell his name.

February 6, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Can the Leafs play the Caps every night?

I can see why you'd like that Danny. Check out the 1st goal at the 25 second mark....



The Leafs were calling this a benchmark game and yep they won but they're still s hitty.

February 6, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Dude, watched a lot of the game last night..What in the hell was THAT?And how come there isn't a thread today tearing Torts a new one? "We were the better team 5-on-5." Actually, no, you let in two of the three goals at even strength. They are totally, utterly disorganized at the back.

unreal. This is what they looked like against Pittsburgh last week.
One game they look realy together, then they look like...well, like they looked last night.
It ain't Torts...
The defence has been awful. mark stahl is playing like he's playing aginst his brother
DelZotto's mental lapses have been mind numbing
They are playing like a team that's just met each other

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February 6, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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I feel your pain brother. My team was better on paper.

THIS is the best comment of the day.

February 6, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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I can see why you'd like that Danny. Check out the 1st goal at the 25 second mark....The Leafs were calling this a benchmark game and yep they won but they're still s hitty.

i didnt watch the game...but from what I've seen from the Leafs so far + from the video above, is that unless they are the beneficiaries of a softie or an all out breakdown, the Leafs can't score to save their lifes. It's really quite pathetic (sorry Danny).

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February 6, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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4-1 road record. I'll take it all day.

"I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet"

February 6, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Doesn't bother me. I would just like Kessel to notch a few (or one. One is fine.) to pump up his trade value. And for Dion to actually hit within 5 meters of the net with one of his point shots.

Maybe if he takes up whittling. ;-)

February 6, 2013  09:47 AM ET

I love Adam Oates but ....alas! He's not ready for prime time. Especially not with AO to deal with.

February 6, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Del Zotto is king confusion out there. It was mind-blowing. Blame the PP all he wants, Torts needs to tighten up that D, and fast.

the PP has been lame now for last 15 years. I have been saying for years that he NYR should just 'decline" the penalties half the time.
But the D hasn'gt been playing like they did last year
And Gaborik is sleepwalking

February 6, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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Dude, watched a lot of the game last night..What in the hell was THAT?And how come there isn't a thread today tearing Torts a new one? "We were the better team 5-on-5." Actually, no, you let in two of the three goals at even strength. They are totally, utterly disorganized at the back.

agree <sigh>

 
February 6, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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the PP has been lame now for last 15 years. I have been saying for years that he NYR should just 'decline" the penalties half the time.But the D hasn'gt been playing like they did last yearAnd Gaborik is sleepwalking

15 years? Remember? "Shoot the puck, Barry!?!?!?!?!

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