Who needs August? Welcome to the dog days of January, when every new year seems just like the old year for many sports fans in these parts.
There's a certain instinct needed to make the perfect pass. Nicklas Backstrom has it.
David Steckel already was gone, and Boyd Gordon got his payday with the Phoenix Coyotes. The Washington Capitals needed a fourth-line center and faceoff specialist. Jeff Halpern needed a team.
A year ago the Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal came back from injury just in time for the Winter Classic. This year, brother Marc likely won't be so lucky.
The Buffalo Sabres have brought out the worst in the Washington Capitals this season.
The end of a long road might be in sight for Mike Green. Injured Nov. 11, the Washington Capitals' defenseman could be back as early as next week.
On more than a couple of occasions this season, young defenseman Karl Alzner said after a game that the Washington Capitals were "soft." Alzner and his teammates admittedly let opponents get away with too much.
Dale Hunter's regime is just more than one month old, with Wednesday marking the anniversary of his taking over as Washington Capitals coach.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Washington Capitals that everyone expected coming into the season.