What should McPhee do now?

What should McPhee do now?
February 21, 2012, 3:49 pm
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After the way they played in a 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night, Capitals general manager George McPhee must be wondering what kind of move he can make to shake some life back into his shell-shocked players.

The Caps took costly penalties, made bad decisions with the puck, were outhit, outshot and outhustled in a game they needed badly to keep pace in the Eastern Conference standings.

Instead, the Capitals played more like spectators, losing for the fifth time in six games and falling to 1-2 on their critical four-game road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Ottawa.

News flash: The Senators are 4-0-1 in their last five and are coming off a 6-0 road rout of the Islanders.

With the loss, the Caps remained in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs and two behind the Florida Panthers.

With six days remaining before the Feb. 27 trade deadline, the Capitals are in dire need of a shakeup. But unless McPhee is willing to deal either top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov or one of their two first-round draft picks (theirs or Colorado's), it will be difficult to find a player who can turn around a team that, borrowing a phrase from Ilya Bryzgalov, looks lost in the woods.