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Mike Harris was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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Defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) participates in afternoon practice during the 2013 Capitals Rookie Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Thursday, September 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Capitals newcomer Nate Schmidt soaks up Steve Oleksy's lessons

When Schmidt signed with the Capitals last season and was sent to Hershey of the AHL, Oleksy provided something that really helped Schmidt out. When Schmidt was recalled by the Caps last week, Oleksy was there to help again. Published October 15, 2013

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) fights with Calgary Flames center Lance Bouma (17) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: Capitals have some problems, but Tom Wilson isn't one

One thing the Caps don't have to do is wonder if they made the right decision to keep 19-year-old Tom Wilson on their roster. A small sample size to be sure with only four games, but Wilson is giving them their money's worth so far. Published October 11, 2013

Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan (23) gets a shove by Utah Jazz's Karl Malone, left, during the third quarter of the Wizards' 105-102 win, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at the MCI Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

HARRIS: Wizards overdue to break Curse of the Mailman

In 1985, Washington had the 12th pick in the draft. A kid out of Louisiana Tech was drawing a lot of attention. His name was Karl Malone, soon to become Karl "the Mailman" Malone. He was seen as a perfect fit for the Bullets. So their turn came and the Bullets stepped up — and drafted Kenny Green out of Wake Forest. Published October 9, 2013

Washington Capitals' Troy Brouwer (20) watches the puck during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Capitals have candidates for breakout year in Fehr, Brouwer, Johansson

No matter how you define them, every team needs a few players to have breakout years if it is to reach or exceed whatever expections it has. To burst through that ceiling, several Caps need to burst through theirs. Candidates are many. One on each of the top three forward lines stands out. Published October 8, 2013

Capitals coach Adam Oates kept his team in the locker room prior to Tuesday's season opener in Chicago as Jonathan Toews (right) and the Blackhawks got to celebrate once again  with the Stanely Cup they won against the Bruins in June. (associated press)

HARRIS: In a Cup ceremony that runneth over, motivation for the Caps

Let's hope every player, coach, trainer, executive, equipment manager and anyone else associated with the Caps thought over and over and over again, "How cool would it be to do this at Verizon Center next year? We have to make this happen." Yes, they do. Published October 2, 2013

Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (84) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For better or worse, Mikhail Grabovski brings emotional game to Caps

The Capitals are banking on the newcomer being a sparkplug as they open the 2013-14 season Tuesday night in Chicago against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. Grabovski will anchor a line that will include wingers Troy Brouwer and Brooks Laich. Published September 30, 2013

Washington Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr (53) laughs in the dugout before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: More and more, I'm liking Randy Knorr as Nats' next manager

The Nats figure to be a contender again next season. The right manager can lead them back to the playoffs. The wrong manager? He can make a mess out of a team that needs to come back strong from this disappointing season. This team can win and it needs to do it next year. Published September 25, 2013

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery, left, blocks a shot as Washington Capitals' Jason Chimera slides in during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

After forgettable season, Caps' Jason Chimera feeling young again

"I'd like to throw the regular season out and think of it as scoring 20 goals last year," Chimera said with a smile. "I've played pretty consistent over my career. Guys have down years, so hopefully that was my down year and it's out of the way." Published September 24, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) tags Washington Nationals Ian Desmond (20) for an out in the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Fun game' has disappointing result for Nationals

Earlier in the season, the 5-4 loss to the Phillies could have been chalked up as a competitive, interesting game that just happened to go the other team's way. It happens a lot over the course of a long season. But now? There's no room for such games, even as well as the Nats have been playing lately Published September 15, 2013