The trade deadline is officially less than two weeks away. The Capitals are officially out of a playoff spot.
Technically only one point away from making it in as the eighth seed, the Capitals are slumping at the worst time of the season. Not only this, but they are dealing with some major injuries to star players, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, who are fixtures on offense and special teams.
Since the Ovechkin-era Capitals first made the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals have been annual buyers at the deadline by bringing in big names such as Sergei Fedorov, Cristobal Huet and Dennis Wideman. They are constantly trying to improve the team and make a run at the elusive Stanley Cup.
For the first time in a long time, Capitals fans might have to get ready to sit a postseason out, pick another team or two and hope for some entertaining hockey all around to watch. It looks like the Caps are in real trouble of going golfing even earlier than they are used to.