Washington Capitals: Where's the Problem in DC, Ownership or GM?

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Washington Capitals: Where's the Problem in DC, Ownership or GM?
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Well, these last few years haven't gone too well, have they?

It's hard to believe that after the stratospheric rise of the Washington Capitals following the acquisition of Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom since the lockout, all they have to show for it is a squad that hasn't yet figured out how to win two consecutive playoff series. Truly, the front office has assembled one of the most dominant non-dominant teams in sports history.

Two men have overseen this Caps team since that time: owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee. So who is to blame for the less-than-satisfactory results? And how does a fan even separate the two regarding personnel decisions to figure out when Ted Leonsis is the puppet master, and when he takes a hands-off approach and lets McPhee do the dirty work? By dissecting their virtually identical quotes, of course. Foolproof.

So let's take a look at some of the recent Caps debacles and start pointing fingers. Time to do some speculatin'!

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