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LOCAL POWER RANKINGS
1. OLIE KOLZIG
Tuesday’s trade for Cristobal Huet likely means the end of Kolzig’s time as the Capitals’ No. 1 goalie. Here’s guessing Kolzig, a free agent after the season, will retire (as will his No. 37).
2. BRANDON LLOYD
We media folks can’t tee off anymore on B. Lloyd, a polarizing figure during his two seasons with the Redskins because he was paid so much and did so little. I’ll kind of miss that.
3. DESHAWN STEVENSON
The Wizards guard hit a dramatic 3-pointer to win Monday’s game in New Orleans, but does anybody else find this team’s games (minus Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler) more boring than watching paint dry?
4. GARY WILLIAMS
Recent NCAA bubble history says Gary’s Terps — 7-6 in-conference entering tonight’s game at Wake Forest — must go a minimum of 2-1 before the ACC tournament to harbor at-large hopes.
5. RANDY MOSS
NFL free agency starts at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow. While most expect Moss to stay put, he will be the test for the New Danny. If available, will Dan Snyder blow up the salary cap to get him?
TWT FIVE - WHY THE CAPS TRADES ARE A GOOD THING
1. Huet is the future, too. Although 32, Huet represents the future in the Capitals’ goal. George McPhee obviously thinks Kolzig will retire, so he planned ahead.
2. Matt Cooke is a pest: Just ask any star player in the Northwest Division. Cooke played for Vancouver and was always good for a face-wash or a stick to the back of the knees.
3. Sergei Fedorov may get pumped up. The 38-year-old center is a rental player, but maybe he’ll catch fire — he has 163 points in 162 career playoff games.
4. Management is trying. The Capitals may not make the playoffs, but at least they showed their fans they’re giving it a shot … without giving up any key pieces, aside from a second-round draft pick.
5. They might pass Carolina. What general manager George McPhee might think: The Capitals have the best player (No. 8). If they find a way to get in with home ice, the Big O can carry them to the next round.