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  • Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers. The Capitals have had six consecutive playoff appearances and have failed to get past the second round. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Overhaul doesn't appear necessary as Capitals enter offseason

    Because the Washington Capitals were done before the final horn in Game 7 Monday night, those watching had some extra time to contemplate general manager George McPhee's work this offseason. But after the Caps became the only NHL team to make the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the past six years and not reach at least the conference finals, don't expect much to look different when they open the 2013-14 season.

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti (3) and New York Rangers right wing Darroll Powe (8) battle for a puck in the first period as the Washington Capitals play the New York Rangers at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Capitals notes: Tom Poti honored for perseverance in face of injuries

    The 35-year-old is the Caps' Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee, as selected by the Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The Masterton Trophy is awarded to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

  • Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    Capitals bracing for life without Brooks Laich as playoffs loom

    On Tuesday night he missed his 34th game of the year, and there's no telling when the 29-year-old forward will return. It might not be this season.

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy (61) scores his first goal ever to put the Washington Capitals up 1-0 in the first period as they play the New York Rangers at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Capitals notes: Depleted defense turns to Hershey again

    With Cameron Schilling joining Tomas Kundratek and Steve Oleksy in the lineup, half the Caps' defense corps was with Hershey when the NHL season began.

  • The Washington Capitals celebrate at center ice after an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Confident Capitals see opportunity ahead after comeback victory

    Had the Caps not been able to erase a three-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in overtime, they would have fallen into last place in the Eastern Conference.

  • Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, left, from Sweden, right wing Troy Brouwer (20) and center Mike Ribeiro (9) celebrate Backstrom's goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Capitals rack up two valuable points by smoking Hurricanes

    Behind solid goaltending and timely offense, Washington put together another victory to be proud of. The Southeast Division lead is just four points away, but the Caps remain in last place.

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) falls to the ice as the puck goes past in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Details doom Capitals in loss to Maple Leafs

    Errors by the Washington Capitals in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center illustrated what has gone wrong during a disastrous start to the season.

  • Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Capitals prepared for John Erskine suspension

    While Erskine did not have "malicious intent," according to NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, the defenseman will still miss the next three games after giving Wayne Simmonds a head injury. The Caps were prepared for the immediate aftermath Friday night and are ready for life without Erskine in the near future.

  • Caps' Poti returns without the pain

    In an odd bit of serendipity, Tom Poti on Saturday found himself in the same place he was two years and seven days earlier.

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