In the Case of the Washington Capitals’ Offseason, Silence May Be Golden

July 6th, 2010 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
As the big-ticket free agency signings on July 1st and 2nd came and went, the Washington Capitals stood pat (minus presumed minor league netminder Dany Sabourin), which comes as a surprise to many—seeing as the President's Trophy-winning Caps bowed out in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this Spring.  

While pundits will say this is a mistake on General Manager George Mcphee's part, I think it is the smartest thing the management team could do for the organization.  

This is a group of players that seem to live and die with their confidence. If this group of players essentially swept the floor with the rest of the league for 82 games in 2009-10, why break apart such a special team?  

Those calling for the dismissal of coach Bruce Boudreau, enigmatic sniper Alexander Semin, and roaming defenseman Mike Green may not understand the dynamic of this group that makes them so unique.  

This team plays for each other, starting at the core with Alexander Ovechkin.  When Ovechkin is injured, suspended, or slumping, Semin plays like a man possessed, or Tomas Fleischmann turns into a world class offensive ...

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