Thursday, July 15, 2010,1:10 p.m.CSNwashington.comNew Look Division
The Capitals have won three consecutive Southeast Division titles and they figure to be the favorite to make it four straight this year. But the division is changing, CBS Sportslines Wes Goldstein thinks. The gap figures to narrow quite a bit next season now that three of the teams are being run by new and aggressive general managers, Goldstein writes. High profile ones too, with Red Wings icon Steve Yzerman taking his first job with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Blackhawks architect Dale Tallon the new guy for the Florida Panthers. Atlanta's new GM is Rick Dudley, who was with Chicago previously and took advantage of its fire sale to load up on players who won the Stanley Cup a few weeks earlier.Of the Capitals, Goldstein also floats out the possibility of the team pursuing veteran center Mike Modano although general manager George McPhee said earlier this week and hes done adding pieces.
Former Capitals goalie Jose Theodore remains unsigned but the Bleacher Report says 10 teams should pursue Theodore, including Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton and two of his former teams, Colorado and Montreal.Williams Lands In Norfolk
When Doug Williams his post with Tampa Bay earlier this year, many assumed he would join the Redskins front office in some capacity because of his ties to the franchise and new general manager Bruce Allen.Instead, Williams will be the GM for the United Football Leagues franchise in Norfolk. The team doesnt have a nickname or a home-field yet but are expected to begin play next year.