Found February 14, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some rant email, You can change your coach, but until the captain of the team remembers he’s an NHL hockey player and not some trend setting playboy, the discipline problems will remain. For as much talent as the team has, games and Cups are won in the hard work put in during practice, offseason workouts and through being a TEAM, not just playing on one. Parallel Ovechkin and Stamkos. Two great talents, but why is one only improving on his greatness, while the other barely stands out in most games he plays. Just look at their offseason training regimen. The millions these players are paid is not just for the 82-game season plus training camp and playoffs, it’s to maintain the high level and intensity even during offseason workouts. My take: The leadership has to start with your franchise player and Alex Ovechkin continues to be inconsistent this season. Let me put it to you this way, I asked an NHL scout to rank the following four Russian stars recentl...

Ex-Caps star calls out Ovechkin

Former longtime Washington Capitals goaltender and fan favorite Olaf Kolzig Wednesday criticized current captain Alex Ovechkin's work ethic and suggested he needed to get away from his "rock star status." Ovechkin, who became the only player to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in each of his first five seasons, is posting numbers well below his career averages...

Caps recall Holtby from minors, start him vs. SJ

Goalie Braden Holtby has been recalled by the Washington Capitals from Hershey of the American Hockey League so he could start against the San Jose Sharks. The Capitals announced the call-up about 1 1/2 hours before Monday night's game against San Jose, then later listed Holtby in the lineup. It's his first NHL appearance since March 26 last season. Holtby went 10-2-2 with...

Olie Kolzig calls out Ovechkin – and he is right

Former Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig had some strong words on Wednesday about his ex-teammate Alexander Ovechkin’s work ethic, or lack thereof: “For Alex, it’s a work ethic,” Kolzig said. “He just has to get back to being the way he was in his younger days and maybe not get wrapped up too much in the rock-star status that comes with being Alex Ovechkin.” “ …Alex...

Do the Washingtopn Caps Practice Correctly?

With the massive disparity between the Home Team Washington Capitals and the Away Team Washington Capitals (see: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson), there is the temptation to attempt to understand just why this unit can be two teams at once. Are they used to their Sertas at home? Is the team bus/train/plane/hotel uncomfortable? Do they miss the crappy...

The Washington Capitals — Buying or Selling?

Just two days ago, an article entitled: “The Washington Capitals — Time Is Running Out” chronicled the Caps’ precarious position in the Eastern Conference standings and stated that the game on February 13th against the Sharks would give us a clue as to whether Washington’s players — especially their quote superstars unquote were willing “…to give 100% for a full sixty...

Capitals' Mike Knuble may be ready for a change of scenery

Mike Knuble went into the season as the Washington Capitals' first-line right wing. Maybe he would spend time on the second line, but the reliable scorer and alternate captain sure didn't seem destined for life on the fourth line. Or in the press box as a healthy scratch. But ...

Kolzig: Ovechkin needs to shed 'rock star status'

Former teammate Olaf Kolzig believes he knows what is ailing Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. "He just has to get back to being the way he was in his younger days and maybe not get wrapped up too much in the rock star status that comes with being Alex Ovechkin," Kolzig told the Washington Post. Ovechkin is currently mired in a relatively down season. The former...

Capitals Recall Braden Holtby and Joel Rechlicz from Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Joel Rechlicz from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Holtby, ...

Capitals Assign Braden Holtby, Joel Rechlicz and Keith Aucoin to Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned goaltender Braden Holtby and forwards Joel Rechlicz and Keith Aucoin to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced ...

WHYNO: Uncertainty between the posts leaving Capitals' goalies on edge

ANALYSIS/OPINION Michal Neuvirth was the Washington Capitals' starting goaltender in the playoffs last season, and this year's No. 1, Tomas Vokoun, was out with the flu. So as the only healthy goalie around, Neuvirth figured he'd start Monday night against the San Jose Sharks. Instead, the Caps called up Braden ...

Capitals to raise season-ticket prices next season

This might not be the timing the Washington Capitals wanted, but in an email sent to season-ticket holders on Wednesday night, owner Ted Leonsis indicated most will pay more next year. The Caps have fared well at Verizon Center (19-8-2) this season but are currently outside the playoff picture in the ...

San Jose Sharks skate past Washington Capitals 5-3

There was a sense this one was going the Sharks' way a little past the midway point of the first period.

San Jose Sharks (30-17-6) at Washington Capitals (28-22-5), 7:30 p.m. (ET)

The Washington Capitals found themselves leading the Southeast Division a week ago, but consecutive losses have them outside of the playoff picture once again.
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