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08:17 AM ET 03.21 | Under rookie head coach Adam Oates, the Capitals have surely improved since a 2-8-1 start, but time is running out. With 19 games left to play, the Capitals sit nine points behind the Southeast Division leading Winnipeg Jets, who they visit for critical back-to-back games Thursday and Friday. A pair of losses against the Jets would essentially wipe out any remaining hope of Washington capturing the division title and the automatic postseason berth that goes with it. ... "The next two will be big for us -- can keep us in the race or it can push us down and out of it," Mike Ribeiro said, adding that while the Capitals would prefer to win in regulation, they're not going to be picky.

The Washington Post

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March 21, 2013  08:35 AM ET

why not sell off some assets and try for a high draft pick?

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March 21, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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why not sell off some assets and try for a high draft pick?

Since EDM will get the #1, they are really hoping for #2 at best.

Not a bad thing, this draft year

March 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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Ribeiro to Toronto for a second rounder. Toronto might even be Ribeiro's most likely UFA landing spot at this point.

Sounds like a good trade IMO. Normally I would be totally against trading a 2, but it will be low this year (approx 45 - 50) and I would prefer Ribeiro today to a (maybe) useful piece player in 5 years.

March 21, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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why not sell off some assets and try for a high draft pick?

Caps will do just that. They currently played Neuvy a few games to showcase him. Ribeiro, Crabb, Hendricks, Poti, Hillen, Fehr, Volpatti, Wolski are all UFA this year and Ribs can get us a nice 1st round pick from a team. Every GM will look like a oracle this year because the draft is deeper than the grand canyon. I'll take any of the top 5. Seth Jones (Next Rod Langway), Mackinnon or Barkov are puck moving studs and could anchor the 2nd line like no one else. The blueliners in this draft are incredible so lets get this done Caps. All the talent we have to offer as UFA we should have 3 first round picks and a stack of 2nd rounders.

March 21, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Caps will do just that. They currently played Neuvy a few games to showcase him. Ribeiro, Crabb, Hendricks, Poti, Hillen, Fehr, Volpatti, Wolski are all UFA this year and Ribs can get us a nice 1st round pick from a team. Every GM will look like a oracle this year because the draft is deeper than the grand canyon. I'll take any of the top 5. Seth Jones (Next Rod Langway), Mackinnon or Barkov are puck moving studs and could anchor the 2nd line like no one else. The blueliners in this draft are incredible so lets get this done Caps. All the talent we have to offer as UFA we should have 3 first round picks and a stack of 2nd rounders.

I certainly hope you're right. A fresh start and loading up on draft choices will be a good thing. And for God's sake stick with Oates and stop the coaching carousel of the last year and a half.

March 21, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Caps will do just that. They currently played Neuvy a few games to showcase him. Ribeiro, Crabb, Hendricks, Poti, Hillen, Fehr, Volpatti, Wolski are all UFA this year and Ribs can get us a nice 1st round pick from a team. Every GM will look like a oracle this year because the draft is deeper than the grand canyon. I'll take any of the top 5. Seth Jones (Next Rod Langway), Mackinnon or Barkov are puck moving studs and could anchor the 2nd line like no one else. The blueliners in this draft are incredible so lets get this done Caps. All the talent we have to offer as UFA we should have 3 first round picks and a stack of 2nd rounders.

Volpatti and Wolski I can easily see elsewhere, but Ribiero could be a funny one, I would have a week ago said he would be likely to walk, but it all comes down to the incentives the Caps throw his way (and there is talk that it might be considerable). As for the rest, they're benchfillers I don't know what one might expect for Poti, but that could be another funny one too. As for Crabb? DL should get Ron to trade back for him for a couple of bags of pucks and a case of Molson...

March 21, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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I certainly hope you're right. A fresh start and loading up on draft choices will be a good thing. And for God's sake stick with Oates and stop the coaching carousel of the last year and a half.

I think you're right about Oates, Slappy, he's seems solid and it takes time to get a good rhythm in with any coaching staff. Now just to get Ovechkin to wake up to himself or go home to mother Russia (don't laugh, he might get his knickers in a wad, and run home)

March 21, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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I think you're right about Oates, Slappy, he's seems solid and it takes time to get a good rhythm in with any coaching staff. Now just to get Ovechkin to wake up to himself or go home to mother Russia (don't laugh, he might get his knickers in a wad, and run home)

I'm not laughing Aussie. Ovie seems to be a little bit more interested for the last few weeks. But I would not be inconsolable if he went to the KHL for a re-start. His cap hit is not small and with the new limit next year maybe a fresh start would be a good thing for both him and the Caps. Or, maybe I'm just whining and feeling sorry for myself. That's really the only fun I have these days.

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March 21, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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I'm not laughing Aussie. Ovie seems to be a little bit more interested for the last few weeks. But I would not be inconsolable if he went to the KHL for a re-start. His cap hit is not small and with the new limit next year maybe a fresh start would be a good thing for both him and the Caps. Or, maybe I'm just whining and feeling sorry for myself. That's really the only fun I have these days.

heh sometimes it's good to have a whine, especially at someone elses expense (or should I say over-expense?).

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March 21, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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No kidding..really need those coaches that dont get you into the play-off's.

Yeah, well you can't blame Oates on this one. Shortened season, no training camp, different system to install and have the players buy off on, starting the season with about a 40% different roster due to injuries and player personnel changes.

Oates has been in charge for a total of 29 games. I think people who have watched 3 Caps games this year on TV should give him some slack.

March 21, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Holtby's all like " damn, i hate it when i give up 17 goals in a 7 games series to beat the Boston Bruins"

Fixed

March 21, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why not sell off some assets and try for a high draft pick?

I've said it all along ..... the Caps have no Semin!

Hire His Irkness to get some testicular fortitude into that line up ..... like he did in Toronto. ;-)

March 21, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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I certainly hope you're right. A fresh start and loading up on draft choices will be a good thing. And for God's sake stick with Oates and stop the coaching carousel of the last year and a half.

We have to stick with Oates, give him a full season with a healthy squad, a nice 1st rounder or two, a full summer and preseason for the whole team to get up to speed, not mention a player named Forsberg will be in a uni next year. Get the Ovi wedding done so we can get our lead points man back. ( Not really an excuse but hey for everyone that had to sit through china patterns, colors, floral, food tasting and DJ sampling) it can wear on you. Get the league to approve HGH for Green so he plays more than 1/2 a season and resign Ribs after you steal a first rounder from who ever you rented him to.

March 21, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Holtby's all like " damn, i hate it when i give up 17 goals in the 1st period "

Holtby's like 'damn, why can't we play 48 games against the Bruins?'

March 21, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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We have to stick with Oates, give him a full season with a healthy squad, a nice 1st rounder or two, a full summer and preseason for the whole team to get up to speed, not mention a player named Forsberg will be in a uni next year.

Peter's coming back? LOL.

Anyways, yes, you have to give Oates a 2-3 year window. This team needs to be taken apart and rebuilt, while keeping only key components.

 
March 21, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Fixed

beat me to it.

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