Found October 01, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington, What follows is a sampling of how the Caps responded when asked what they consider reasonable expectations for them entering this season, their second under head coach Adam Oates and their 38th attempt to win a Stanley Cup: Mike Green: “We’ve been there every year. We’ve been a team that competes. Making it to the playoffs is hard. It’s not easy to do in this league. We’ve proven ourselves in that aspect, that we’re a good team. But we haven’t proven that we’re a great team and the only way to do that is by winning the Stanley Cup.” Joel Ward: “Obviously, the goal is to finish at the top of the division. That’s what we want to do. We know it’s going to be tough, but I think the way we played down the stretch last year was pretty good.” George McPhee: “You come to camp every year hoping it’s the greatest year you’ll ever have. The objective is always to make the playoffs and put yourself in a position to have that great y

Mikhail Grabovski – This Season’s Kunitz?

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Alex Ovechkin Carries Olympic Torch Ahead of 2014 Winter Games, Calls It ‘Best Moment in My Life’ (Photo)

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Did Gary Bettman fall asleep during Blackhawks-Capitals game?

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Mikhail Grabovski did way more than what the Caps could've expected in his team debut.

Capitals 4 Blackhawks 6 Recap

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Red Rockers Launch New Web Page

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All That Has Transpired: Washington Capitals

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Perrault Acquired; More Cuts

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Get ready for hockey with this awesome montage of 2013 NHL highlights

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Carolina Hurricanes Head-to-Head in New Metropolitan Division: Washington Capitals

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John Jaeckel: Big Night At The UC

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Rapid Rewind: Defensive Breakdown

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