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Friday Wakeup Call: Saving the Capitals

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Morning, lunatics …

>> The Friday notes column opens with yet another little reason to be really annoyed with the NHL, as well as stuff on the Steelers’ running backs, the Pirates’ Tony Sanchez and the outrageous futility streak for Pitt women’s basketball.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the column with the fellas.

>> The chat transcript from yesterday covers a lot of ground, too, albeit in smaller bites.

>> Man, the Capitals stink.

I’m all for crediting the home team, and the Penguins earned their victory last night. Not taking that away. But that Washington team had the sad look of one of those Columbus-type teams that pass through occasionally and all you do all night is shake your head.

I’d be very surprised if not only Adam Oates but also longtime GM George McPhee aren’t on a very hot seat. Ted Leonsis finally has built up a big fan base in D.C., but the owner can’t afford to risk it all on some total rebuild. That means moves aimed at fixing things right away, and that almost always points to the front office and coaching staff.

>> The child in me really hates Ilya Kovalchuk

No one should ever make any aspect of hockey look that easy. That was short-handed, and it led the Devils to victory over the Lightning.

The Penguins, of course, get a double-dose of Kovy & Co. this weekend.

>> Reminder: My new regular Sunday column in the Trib begins this weekend. I’ll put up a post here that morning with the link.

>> Unless we all perish.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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