Washington Capitals: "These days suck"

"These days suck," Brooks laich said.

That certainly was the sentiment at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Wednesday.

"It's hard to come up with new answers for you guys," Head Coach Adam Oates said. "Obviously, we're not happy about it."

The team held one last meeting and press conference before shipping away for the off-season. But, one player already did. Alex Ovechkin left Tuesday to play for Team Russia in the World Championships."

"It did not affect his game here at all," Oates said. "He texted me 20 times till 2 in the morning after game 7. He was definitely upset."

While Ovechkin is long gone, his comments claiming the referees had a New York bias still resonate. On Wednesday, Caps General Manager George McPhee did not dismiss Ovechkin's remarks.

"I don't think there is a league conspiracy, but it sure didn't feel right, and Alex wasn't wrong." McPhee said.

The Capitals have had a tremendous amount of success in the Southeast Division, and it's helped them get into the playoffs. But, that's changing with a bigger, tougher division next year. Judging by the lack of success in the post season, the question remains: Does this team have what it takes to make it all the way one day?

"People say you have a good team, I want to win now, but it's difficult," Laich said. "It's tough to say now because we just got shellacked 5 nothing, but we have a good chance to win."