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Nicklas Backstrom is the biggest missing piece for the Washington Capitals. Their chances of making the playoffs have eroded as the offense that runs through the center has hit a dam in his absence.
This was it: the Washington Capitals' chance to make good on one game in hand and trim the deficits they were facing in the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference playoff race.
Mike Green took a breath from his answer about the Washington Capitals, post-trade deadline. No moves were made, and the final stretch of the season already is under way.
By standing pat at the trade deadline, Capitals general manager George McPhee basically is saying to the team, "Show me what you've got."
Mike Green has missed 47 games with ankle and groin injuries. Nicklas Backstrom has missed 22 with a concussion. That's a lot for the Washington Capitals to be missing, though playing without stars has become something of a norm.
Ted Leonsis, ever the romantic, has been trying to paint the Sistine Chapel. He doesn't just want the Washington Capitals to be successful in the business sense, he wants them to be a club that contends for the Stanley Cup year after year — and is always part of the hockey conversation. Can't fault a guy for that. What Caps fan, after nearly four decades of Cup-lessness, doesn't yearn for the same thing?
This might not be the timing the Washington Capitals wanted, but in an email sent to season-ticket holders on Wednesday night, owner Ted Leonsis indicated most will pay more next year.
Mike Green couldn't wipe the smile off his face. The elation was hard to hide. The Washington Capitals' defenseman four weeks removed from sports hernia surgery skated again Tuesday and appears on track to return to game action sooner rather than later.
As many years as NHL players have been around hockey, add years onto that for their fathers.