The January schedule isn't favorable and the team is slumping at the same time, so it's going to be rough. By the same token, the schedule in February and March is very good.
I don't think they need a huge trade. It would be nice to get Nylander off this team, and off the books, but that's probably a separate issue right now. He was coasting when the team was winning, and he is coasting now. No real difference maker for good or ill at the moment.
The team's record will be fairly dismal this month, and it will recover in the February time frame, most likely.
I guess the real point is when we have guys in the lineup who will block a shot with their face just to stay with the team, we PLAY better! And now we have a bunch of one-way contract guys coasting around knowing they'll be in the lineup.
There was a reason I created that poll asking who was the team's MVP aside from Ovechkin. Poti's value to this young team is so crucial, I think he might be one of GMGM's best aquisitions when put in perspective (fair contract, years / $).
Side note, the only person I can really see them moving besdies the obvious (Nylander) would be ShaMo. It all depends on how desperate they are to keep Alzner up.
No time to panic. I don't think this team is built to go deep (needs a little tweaking), but a 3 game losing streak isn't the end of the world. Let's see how things can turn around (anyone else remember the early slump?).
The team isn't as good as many figured it would be during its tremendous month of play, and it isn't as bad as it looks the last three games. Teams streak and they slump. The stretch run should bring a nice boost to the record, but in the interim, the Caps could take a bit of tumble in the standings over the next two weeks. Should be OK in the Southeast, though.
Yeah, the pre-requisite to any roster shuffles is moving Nylander.
The losing streak I think is just a combination of transient things: lack of urgency after a long win streak, immaturity, guys not yet themselves after injuries, snipers' aim a little off, bad luck.. nothing systemically wrong, I don't think..
I think moving Theo could relieve our cap situation as well. Wasnt he basically assuming the backup role to Johnny not too long ago? Not that I am lobbying for it, but it doesnt seem too long ago that Clark's name was being suggested by posters as a candidate to move for cap space.
No worries here over a mere 3 game losing streak. My concerns for this season remain relatively unchanged.
I think the Caps need to change up their lines. Personally I would like to see Backstrom and Semin toghether and let Ovechkin play with Laich. The Caps have become a one line team and they are not scoring enough goals.
BB went back to a the Laich-Backstrom-Semin line that he used in the playoffs last year. I wouldn't mind seeing that either.