Washington Capitals: Should the Caps Have Rebuilt from Scratch This Summer?

August 18th, 2012 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
If the Stanley Cup was awarded solely on the basis of regular season performance, then the Washington Capitals would have skated the Cup a few times by now.

As we all know, winning the Stanley Cup is not nearly so simple. This is particularly true for the Caps who, throughout their history, have turned choking in the playoffs into an art form.

All that was supposed to change with the arrivals of Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, otherwise known by Caps' fans as the Core Four.

Now, some 10 years after Semin was picked by the Caps in the 2002 NHL entry draft, Caps' fans are still waiting for that first Cup to be delivered, and Semin will be donning the uniform of the Carolina Hurricanes this season (NHL.com).

With the Core Four now officially splintered, and with the Caps now fresh off yet another playoff failure, there are some who have suggested that the Caps should have just scrapped the team, traded the remaining members of the Core Four, stockpiled quality players in exchange for them and basically rebuilt the team from scratch.

That would have been a mistake.

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