What Will Washington Do…

12/19/2009
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

…with all that cap room?

With the loan of Michael Nylander to Grand Rapids of the NHL, the Capitals gained financial flexibility which should allow them to acquire some help in areas they deem necessary.  As of this writing, the Caps 24 wins lead the League making the average fan ask: How can they possibly get better?

Corey Masisak of The Washington Times lists five speculative picks that would bolster this team as they prepare for a lengthy playoff campaign.  As the team stands there is little need for improvement but one could make a case for another top defender.

As we know from our history watching the playoffs, depth is key.  The team’s current construction has featured numerous players shifting up and down the teams forward lines as coach Bruce Boudreau dealt with injuries and juggling in order to find the proper mix.  Still Masisak believes the most glaring need is this top defenseman. His solution: Scott Niedermayer.

Niedermayer currently captains the Anaheim Ducks and has lead them, as well as his former team the New Jersey Devils, to the Stanley Cup.  In addition, this may be the last year in the NHL for the 36-year-old.  Although he only has three goals on the season, he would become a powerful weapon on the Washington powerplay, something dreams are made of.  He along with Mike Green would give them two elite puck-moving defensemen which would be incredibly dangerous for this already powerful offense.

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Injury Updates 12/11/2009

12/11/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Florida Panthers

  • Gregory Campbell out with concussion-like symptoms.  David Booth still has not started skating.  Cory Stillman out for another couple of weeks. [On Frozen Pond]

New Jersey Devils

  • Bryce Salvador and Mike Mottau expected back in the lineup. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson, Paul Martin and Dainius Zubrus remain out.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Eric Cole out two to three weeks. Chad LaRose expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury. [Canes Now]

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Goalie Starters 12/01/2009

11/30/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v San Jose Sharks

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED @ 12:03 PM

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