Caps Set to Pick the PickPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Another hockey season has come and gone. Hearty and heartfelt congratulations to the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. What a run they put together after the trade deadline and into the playoffs. The Kings were the third seventh- or eighth-seeded team to reach the Cup final since the lockout. Los Angeles is the first of those teams to win the Cup since the lockout; only one top-seeded team (Detroit in 2008) has done so during the same span. Speaking of the lockout, here’s to hoping the 2012-13 season starts on time. Congratulations as well to the Norfolk Admirals, winners of the 2012 Calder Cup championship. The Ads put on a run for the ages, going 43-3 after Super Bowl Sunday. That’s ridiculous. With all of the 2011-12 hockey now in the rear view, we turn our attention to the 2012 NHL Draft. We’ll be off to Pittsburgh a week from today to start delivering our coverage of that event, and we’ll have some news regarding the Caps and the 2012 Draft later this week as well. That news relates to whether or not the Capitals will own a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft. In the July 1, 2011 deal that sent goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche, the Caps obtained Colorado’s first-round choice (11th overall) and Washington’s choice of the Avs’ second-rounder this year (a pick that originally belonged to the Boston Bruins) or next. The Caps have until this Friday to notify the Avs of their decision. Washington must choose between what we now know will be the 54th choice in this summer’s draft, or opting for Colorado’s second-round choice in the 2013 Draft. The Caps have two first-rounders in 2012 – their own choice is the 16th overall – but they traded their second-rounder to New Jersey in the Feb. 28, 2011 swap the brought Jason Arnott to the District. The second round is the only one in which Washington does not currently own a choice in 2012. The Caps have two picks in the fourth round and two in the seventh, with the extra choices coming courtesy of deals involving Eric Fehr (to Winnipeg last July) and Tomas Vokoun (to Pittsburgh last week). As soon as we learn what the Caps choose to do with that second-round choice they’re due from the Avalanche, we’ll pass the information along.
Caps general manager George McPhee addressed the media at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on May 14, the day Dale Hunter resigned as Washington’s bench boss. Exactly a month later, McPhee talked to the media at Kettler again on Thursday, discussing a variety of topics for the better part of half an hour.