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Perhaps there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the Capitals

Dec 6, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

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The Capitals losing a game 5-4 in a contest that saw them down 5-1 at one point can’t really be seen as a good thing — losses are bad after all and the Caps have had a few too many of them. That said, seeing the Caps bounce back in the third period with a furious rally that just fell short has to be a good thing… Right?

One thing’s for sure is that Brooks Laich wasn’t a fan of his team, saying that getting just 20 minutes of effort isn’t good enough and that just trying hard isn’t going to win them any games. Caps coach Dale Hunter was upset with the penalties they took but was happy with how the team didn’t give up. Talk about baby steps to recovery.

Of course, all isn’t so positive in Washington as Tarik El-Bashir reports. Losses hurt and for the Caps they’re in a world of hurt. They’re behind first place Florida by seven points now and for a team that’s supposed to challenge for the Stanley Cup, that stinks. While guys like Karl Alzner and Mike Knuble are doing their part to pick guys up, they need more.

Hunter will get things figured out eventually in Washington, but it might take a trade to help give him the team he needs to make it happen.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Speaking of Trades, Alexander Semin, Michael Neuvirth, Jeff Shultz, Marcus Johansson, and Roman Hamerlik are all on notice. I expect Semin to be traded for sure. I think Johansson could be traded because of the depth at that position the Caps have with their excellent drafting.

  2. acieu - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Blockbuster unload Ovechkin and give him and the Caps a fresh start

  3. watermelon1 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    The depth at position? You can’t say they are horrible and need to trade…. but then say they have depth. I don’t see Johanssen going anywhere. He’s probably the biggest scoring threat after Ovechkin.

    But yes, Semin, Shultz, and Hamerlik…. I wouldn’t even be shocked if they clean out that defense and really start over… trading away Carlson.

    As for goalie, Holtby is the near future. And he should probably be the present.

  4. kantnockdahustle89 - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    I don’t know about this “depth” at center talk. Johansson will eventually be a good 2nd line center but right now he’s not a great 2nd center to have. They won’t be trading him away that’s for sure but adding a 2nd center still is an issue for the Caps. Neuvirth, Shultz and obviously Semin are trade-able at this point. No one will take Hamrlik and there is an issue for Orlov if Mike Green comes back. That is simply because they have too many d-man on the current roster and will have to send him back down.

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