- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2009

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The Capitals look to break a two-game losing streak vs. Toronto. 7 p.m., CSN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS: WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

GEORGE MCPHEE

Capitals general manager made no additions before Wednesday’s trade deadline, which means it’s up this group to make things happen in April - and potentially May.

JASON TAYLOR

He delivered 3.5 sacks, made one tackle a quarter, had two injuries and produced enough drama for five teams. Thanks for the memories, Double Nickel.

STAN KASTEN

Although indications are he won’t go this route, the Nationals executive should hire a veteran GM to work with the scouting staff instead of going with a rookie boss.

DARRYL MONROE

The big George Mason forward is averaging 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds entering this weekend’s CAA tournament. The Patriots begin play Saturday at 6 p.m.

CARON BUTLER

Another Wizards standout is on the sideline. Butler’s hamstring injury was expected to sideline him Wednesday night. Before long, this team will be eligible for the NBDL.

TWT FIVE: Top outside linebackers in NFL Draft

1. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest: He will be long gone by the time Washington picks at No. 13. He made 332 tackles and started all but two of 51 games.

2. Clint Sintim, Virginia: Has a ton of experience (49 starts) and produced 70 tackles and 11 sacks last year for the Cavaliers. A better fit for a 3-4 defense.

3. Brian Cushing, USC: A good fit for what the Redskins need - a strongside linebacker who lines up over the tight end in a 4-3. Made 73 tackles last year.

4. Clay Matthews, USC: A former walk-on, the son and nephew of ex-NFL players worked his way into a starting role as a senior.

5. Brian Orakpo, Texas: The top-rated defensive end in the draft; the Redskins could go this direction by drafting him and developing him into a hybrid linebacker/pass rusher.

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