Box Seats: Capitals


Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/02/2011

This is your team

I have to admit that at times when I watch the Caps struggle offensively, my mind drifts off to Feb. 28, 2011. That’s the NHL trade deadline. Yes, the Caps have holes. Significant ones. But those have been dissected ad...

By Ryan Cooper  |  09:20 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/01/2011

What ails the Caps?

Much is riding on the final 31 games of the season. While the Caps are a mere four points out of first place in the Southeast, they’re also only seven points up on ninth place Carolina. Being in the jumbled...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/28/2011

The implications of Semin's short-term deal

This week Alex Semin signed a one-year, $6.7 million contract to stay with the Caps through next season. On a Capitals Insider poll, 50 percent of readers are saying they’re happy with the deal because Semin’s offensive skills are an...

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:36 PM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Wearing my All-Star briefs

Just a few notes on the weekend’s proceedings and Alexander Semin... -- I’m a huge fan of the NHL’s new all-star game format. As much as I dislike all-star games (or rather, the practice of evaluating a player’s “worth” by...

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Wanted in D.C.: a centrist mindset

Want to know how to spark a hearty debate among old-school Cap fans? Ask him/her the last time the Caps had two highly-skilled, impact centers on the roster. Some may go back to 2002-03, when the Caps had Robert Lang...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Home-grown talent will pay off for Caps

One of the noteworthy things about this year’s two Super Bowl participants, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is that both feature a great deal of home-grown talent. According to ESPN, the teams are two of the four...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:54 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/19/2011

The Capitals are not elite

In last night’s recap of the Flyers game on Japers Rink, the author mentioned that “if there's one thing this game showed, it's that the Caps as a team are not among the elite right now,” and I for one,...

By Ryan Cooper  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Should Ovechkin clean up his act?

Last week I may have lost the faith of readers with my controversial post. This week I'm blatantly pandering with the only thing I know every Caps fan loves: some old-fashioned Crosby-bashing. Nothing too harsh, but at least now I've...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Why the Caps need to win the division

At the start of the season I thought the Caps were a 110-point team who would play at last year’s level and only see a decline in their point totals from last season because of an improved Southeast division. Well,...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 01/13/2011

What to do with Alex Semin?

An important decision looms in the coming weeks for George McPhee and the Caps: what to do with soon-to-be-free agent Alex Semin? Extend him for multiple years? Extend him for one year? Trade him? All are realistic scenarios for the...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  09:58 AM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Racial homogeneity in the NHL

Last week I was criticized for my statement that the Caps’ traditions lacked the time-honored quality that makes many team traditions so special. It bears mentioning that I am, in fact, a native Washingtonian, and it bears reminding that I...

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Snootch to the Bouchard

A few notes -- The Capitals selected Francois Bouchard in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft (35th overall). In his career, he’s put up fairly decent numbers (21/31/52 last year, and another 5/5/10 in the playoffs), but I...

By Ryan Cooper  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/05/2011

New Caps traditions must stand test of time

This weekend I had the pleasure of joining the Weiswerda family for a St. Louis Blues game (thank you!). I lived in St. Louis while I was in college, so I know a fair bit about the fans there –...

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:39 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/04/2011

"Southleast" no more

A few notes: -- Tonight’s Caps matchup against Tampa Bay is a chance for everyone to look at how much the so-called “Southleast” Division has improved. If the playoffs started today, three Southeast teams would make the playoffs. Carolina (-4)...

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2011

Classic situation

My Winter Classic story begins March 9, 2008. I’m at the Caps/Pens game at the Booth with my Dad, and it’s a tight, 2-2 game. With about 30 seconds to go, Nick Backstrom puts the puck in his own net,...

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/03/2011

Truly a Classic experience

On Nov. 3, 2008, FedEx Field was overrun by 25,000 Pittsburgh Steeler fans who came to cheer their team on to victory over the Redskins. It was one of the all-too-frequent lowlights of the Dan Snyder era. On Jan. 1,...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 12/28/2010

The WJCs are better than the Olympics

After the Olympics this year, the debate began again over whether the pros would go back to the Games in 2014. Lost in all the debate was the fact that we already have a tournament played every year that I...

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:18 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/28/2010

A weekend's worth of thoughts

Perreault to Wing? We saw the best and worst of Mathieu Perreault over the past two games. He played great Sunday night against the Canes, creating chances, netting his fifth goal and drawing the Caps a major penalty in only...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010

24/7 Part 2: Hockey is hard

After watching Part 1 of this series, I criticized HBO for making every day with the Penguins a party, and every day with the Caps a nightmare. I'm happy to report that Part 2 was significantly more balanced, perhaps because...

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 12/22/2010

The "Alexander Semin is Your Crazy Ex-girlfriend" scale

In last night’s game against New Jersey, Alexander Semin was on another level. Unfortunately, that level was on the “Alexander Semin Is Your Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Scale, where he topped out at Level 4 (the Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes”). Let’s look...

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:17 AM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Caps-Penguins 24/7: Part 1

Last night was the first episode of HBO's 24/7 featuring the Caps and Penguins on their way to the Winter Classic. I liked it -- as stupid as it is, I care about these guys, and I value this opportunity...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:56 AM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Where's plan B?

Caps Nation seems to be split down the middle trying to figure out whether this six-game slide is a fluke due to injuries and bad luck, or if the Caps really have core issues. This being Washington D.C., I’m going...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  02:28 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/14/2010

What are the Caps doing right?

'Tis the season, so I'm throwing the Caps a bone today. Lately the coverage for the Caps has been a real downer. In case you haven't been reading (and anyone trying to get into the Holiday spirit should probably take...

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Can we all stop freaking out please?

I know times are tough in Caps land. Believe me, I want the team to win just as badly as you do, and it sucks when they lose and do so repeatedly. But please, for the love of Mary, let’s...

By Ryan Cooper  |  08:11 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 12/10/2010

The low point

In my mind, last night's Caps game was the low point of the season so far. I can look back and chalk up the twin 5-0 losses to the Devils and Thrashers as anomalies, or rather, games you can look...

By Ryan Cooper  |  03:41 PM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Five Friday thoughts

Tomas Vokoun - Last night's 3-0 loss to the Florida Vokouns Panthers was the best regular season goaltending I've seen from a Caps opponent since Dec. 20, 2008, when Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki stopped 25 first period shots on his...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 12/08/2010

Is Johansson a viable option for second-line center?

First off I’d like to offer a mea culpa on my post last week. I misunderstood the salary cap numbers on CapGeek which consequently affected my conclusion, which was that the Caps would likely need to give up a top-nine...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  12:02 PM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/07/2010

Capitals top NHL in Movember

Movember is over, and I think the Caps may have found their calling as far as philanthropy is concerned. For some of the guys who tend to stay out of the public eye, it seems that a mustache was the...

By Nicole Weissman  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 12/03/2010

Skate with the Caps this Sunday for Community Day

This Sunday, Caps players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson, as well as assistant coach Dean Evason and, of course, Slapshot, will be on hand at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. The event...

By Nicole Weissman  |  05:11 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 12/02/2010

The Hannan trade and its impact on 2C

If you’ve read my blog since the start of the season you know that I’ve been clamoring for upgrades to the center position and to the defense. So let me start by stating the obvious: I love the Hannan-for-Fleischmann trade!...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  08:54 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Halak and roll

Looking at tonight’s game against St. Louis, there isn’t much to be really “excited” about. Part of that is the NHL’s fault, which, because of its wacky scheduling policies, has the Caps playing Western Conference foes about as often...

By Ryan Cooper  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Leonsis and fans evaluate "101 Signs of Visible Change"

Is there a sports franchise owner in the whole world as accessible and responsive as Ted Leonsis? In early October, Leonsis posted on his blog, “Ted’s Take,” outlining 101 to-do list items from the first 100 days following the formation...

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Smash or trash: The Tomas Fleischmann deal

Since it just went down an hour or two ago, here's my quick assessment of the Tomas Fleischmann/Scott Hannan deal. I like it. Flash was never really able to "fit" into a role here. He was never good enough offensively...

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/24/2010

When to panic: A guide for Caps fans

Growing up in D.C., I’m well-versed in the roller coaster experience of being a sports fan. Have you heard? This is the year for the Skins! We signed [moody player who performed exquisitely for a different team] to a [large...

By Nicole Weissman  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 11/22/2010

At the quarter turn: An improved defense?

In hockey, defensive performance can be broken down into two unique parts: team defense and goaltending. On some teams you get below average team defensive play – evidenced by a high number of shots against – that’s compensated for by...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  01:39 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Mike Green to host charity concert at 9:30 Club

On December 13, Mike Green is hosting a charity concert at the 9:30 Club. Do I like the idea? No, I love it. Sure, the concert features G. Love and Special Sauce, and I’m largely a country-and-show tunes girl (so...

By Box Seats blogger  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 11/17/2010

John Erskine and other random thoughts

I’ve been meaning to write about John Erskine’s improved play for two weeks now and lo-and-behold he puts together the game of his life and is now getting love from all over the blogosphere. My original intent was to write...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  12:22 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 11/11/2010

The new NHL All-Star game: A reality TV dream come true

I cam sum up in one word how I feel about the new All-Star game: Awesome. For those who haven’t heard, the NHL will be taking us back to the schoolyards of yore, with two sets of team captains taking...

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:50 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Thank you, Ron Weber

Ron Weber finally received his overdue induction into the Hockey Hall-of-Fame this week. Mr. Weber was the radio voice of the Caps from 1974-1997, never missing a game in 24 seasons. Many folks have sung Mr. Weber’s praises over the...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/10/2010

The pageant of the transmundane

I can honestly say last night's Caps/Rangers game was one of the the most BIZARRE hockey games I have ever witnessed. It started at a weird time, on a weird day, and it just continued from there. Let's count down...

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Can Brooks Laich really win Sportsman of the Year?

Readers of this blog know I love Brooks Laich. Unsuspecting fans riding Metro home from the game know I love Brooks Laich. Anyone watching the game within 15 feet of me at a bar, restaurant or apartment I will never...

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:07 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 11/04/2010

A few choice words about shootouts

I’ve developed a bad habit of shutting my eyes during shootouts. I’ve never been a fan of this high-anxiety tie-breaker – sudden-death overtime is scary enough. I think all devoted fans hate shootouts, and I’ll tell you why: they’re...

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:33 PM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 11/04/2010

When it comes to player leadership, how do the Caps measure up?

It’s not surprising that captaincy in the NHL doesn’t follow a logic fans can understand. Most recently, Chris Clark was retained as captain despite the fact that long-term injuries kept him out of large numbers of games.  When asked why...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:28 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 11/02/2010

The most divisive issue in Caps-land

I’m ready to tackle the most divisive issue in Caps-land. Not the lack of a 2C or a shut-down defenseman, not Bruce Boudreau’s playoff coaching abilities. No, someone much more divisive. Jeff Schultz. Let’s do this. I was chatting recently...

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  01:26 PM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 11/01/2010

Weekend base hits

By Ryan Cooper My wife is from Pittsburgh. When we first got together, one of the compromises we made was that if she stopped rooting for the Penguins (she followed them relatively passively) and if I stopped (openly) hating the...

By Box Seats blogger  |  12:09 PM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 10/29/2010

The case for chemistry

By Nicole Weissman With the Caps’ top line under producing so far this season (and yes, I know that this is highly relative), I can’t help but start to feel nervous that Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Knuble are at risk...

By Box Seats blogger  |  10:04 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Analysis: Constructing a Stanley Cup winner

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By Box Seats blogger  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Three Tuesday thoughts

By Kareem El-Alaily Mathieu Perreault: There are folks this week ready to anoint Mathieu Perreault as our permanent second-line center (2C). A two-point night against the Thrash plus some newfound chemistry with Alex Semin has definitely revved up the fanbase....

By Box Seats blogger  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/21/2010

Caps community relations updates

By Nicole Weissman Here are a few of the Caps’ recent and upcoming community relations happenings. Has anyone out there participated in any of these programs? Anything you’d like to see the Caps do to reach out to the community...

By Box Seats blogger  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/21/2010

The odds of NHL drafting success

By Kareem El-Alaily This week, Caps 2007 first round draft pick Anton Gustafsson quietly left the Hershey Bears and headed back home to Sweden. AnGus, as the fanbase calls him, struggled with injuries since being drafted, first with his back...

By Box Seats blogger  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Extra Points - 10/20/10

By Ryan CooperA few quick notes on the Caps. - For all those who yell “SHOOT!” during a power play, the last power play of the Boston game should have showed you once and for all why that doesn’t work....

By Box Seats blogger  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/20/2010

That fateful season: was it worth it?

By Nicole Weissman Caps fans, you already know which season I’m talking about.  With the prospect of a lockout looming, whispers of a salary cap, and the Caps struggling even with a star-filled and pricey roster, we should have seen...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 10/19/2010

More on the Caps and the media

By Kareem El-Alaily The Caps and the Media Part 2: I’ve received a lot of feedback on my last “Media/Free Pass” post, both in the comments section as well as through back-channels. This topic clearly got people worked up whichever...

By Box Seats blogger  |  02:14 PM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Caps home opener fan quotes

By Nicole Weissman Since Box Seats is all about amplifying fans’ voices, I took my game to the streets of Chinatown and the halls of Verizon Center at this weekend’s home opener, asking fans:  Q: If you could say anything...

By Box Seats blogger  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Are the Caps getting a free pass from the media?

By Kareem El-Alaily Count me as one who isn’t quite so happy with the way the D.C. media treats the Caps. But not for the historic, pre-Ovechkin-era slights the Caps had to endure when they barely registered a blip on...

By Box Seats blogger  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/12/2010

Out on the weekend

By Ryan Cooper Signs its hockey season again at Comcast Sportsnet: (1) Butchering of names at intermission, (2) Alan May mumbling incoherently, (3) Joe B. and Craig’s wacky banter, (4) Running the same commercial roughly 7,000,000 times in a row,...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/11/2010

I went to a fight, and...

By Nicole Weissman I went to a fight, and a hockey game broke out. What a dumb joke. But then this Saturday, late in the Caps’ match-up against the New Jersey Devils, it really happened. After Jason Chimera’s fight with...

By Box Seats blogger  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/07/2010

2010-11 Capitals season preview: Now in Haiku form

By Ryan Cooper Offense Ovi best on earth Backy is near the top too And then there’s Fleischmann   MP eight-five cut Blogosphere explodes in rage Really not that bad   MarJo is lights out Already ahead of Backs?...

By Box Seats blogger  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Caps players whose jerseys your kids should wear - Part 3

By Nicole Weissman This is the third and final part in my series on Caps players who make especially good role models for kids. In part one, I profiled famously good Samaritan Brooks Laich, and in part two, boy (and...

By Box Seats blogger  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 10/06/2010

Old Time hockey is dead

By Ryan Cooper My colleague Kareem wrote the other day in his Tom Poti piece that the Capitals have a “desperate need” for a “nasty, shut down defenseman” and that “the Flyers and Penguins aren’t exactly going to stay away...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:25 AM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Is D.C. a hockey town?

By Kareem El-Alaily There’s been a lot of talk lately that D.C. is blossoming into a “hockey town”. The game is growing by leaps and bounds locally, the Caps have experienced unprecedented success at the gate, and the media is...

By Box Seats blogger  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Kareem El-Alaily

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010

Lessons the NHL can learn from the world of soccer

By Ryan Cooper As a (very, very recent) convert to the world of English Premier League (and Manchester City fandom), I’ve been thinking lately about some things that I enjoy about soccer that I think would be cool if they...

By Box Seats blogger  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010

Countdown to Caps Convention: Bondra & Kolzig

By Nicole Weissman I’m taking a break today from my three-part series on Caps players who make good role models for kids – the third part is coming next week. With the Caps Convention coming up on Saturday, I have...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 09/30/2010

Is Poti really worth the money?

By Kareem El-Alaily Tom Poti? While there was some good news from the past week – the Caps opened camp strong, Michael Neuvirth signed a two-year deal, and HBO's Hard Knocks is going to showcase DC’s best-kept entertainment secret (Matt...

By Box Seats blogger  |  03:55 PM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Tom Poti

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/29/2010

Capitals games I'm NOT looking forward to in 2010-11

By Ryan CooperEveryone writes some variation of the “I can’t wait til THIS game!” column, so I’d like to do the opposite and list games this year I’d rather have my eyes taped up Clockwork Orange-style and be forced to...

By Box Seats blogger  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/28/2010

Caps players whose jerseys your kids should wear - Part 2

By Nicole Weissman This is part two of a three-part series on Caps players who make especially good role models for kids. These are guys who exhibit a combination of a strong work ethic, activism in the D.C. community, and...

By Box Seats blogger  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/23/2010

Why can't I watch Caps preseason games on TV?

By Ryan Cooper So last night, instead of showing the Capitals/Blue Jackets preseason game, CSN DC is showing a Chelsea/MSK Zilina UEFA Champions League match.  One part of me says, “Ok, Chelsea’s pretty good, I can understand that.” Then I...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/17/2010

For whom the Belanger tolls

By Ryan Cooper Since I had a mini car disaster and the streaming feed isn’t working on the Caps Rookie Scrimmage, I figured I would give a brief take on the whole Eric Belanger affair. Steve Austin (the wrestler, not...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Eric Belanger

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/14/2010

Classic Caps montage: 1989-90 Patrick Division Finals

By Ryan Cooper There’s nothing really going on now in Caps Land, and everyone else in the media is in ZOMG!! FOOTBALL!!!!!! REDSKINS!!! mode, so I figured I’d break down a Classic Caps montage, this one coming from the 1989-90...

By Box Seats blogger  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, NHL, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2010

An introduction from a Caps blogger

By Kareem El-Alaily Welcome to this experiment allowing fans to blog about our beloved Capitals. I'm honored that the Post selected me to write one of the blogs and I''m going to do my best to provide readers with relevant opinions and...

By Box Seats blogger  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Dale Hunter, HTS, Kareem El-Alaily

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Hop On! Why the Caps Bandwagon is Good for D.C.

By Nicole Weissman There’s no denying the Caps are popular.  Regardless of what happened in the playoffs, we are the reigning regular season champions, and not one team in this league will look forward to facing us this year.  It...

By Box Seats blogger  |  08:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals, Capitals | Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman