Olympic style rankings for Caps offseason

Olympic style rankings for Caps offseason
August 11, 2012, 3:41 pm
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By JP FinlayCSNwashington.com
The London Olympics are in full swing, and most of the world seems focused on gold medals. Here the focus remains on hockey, but in an effort to combine passions, below is a breakdown of the Washington Capitals' offseason by the most important moves.
Gold- The gold medal must go to the hiring of new head coach Adam Oates. The Caps were in a tight spot when Dale Hunter left the job to return to the minors, but most folks would agree that Oates comes to the job with great potential. The biggest questions for Oates center on engaging all-world forward Alex Ovechkin. Oates needs to get the Caps pushing the offense, while retaining many of the defensive keys Hunter preached.
Silver- After the Oates hiring, many people will make different claims to the Caps' second and third best move. Re-signing defenseman Mike Green takes the silver. A healthy Green presents a two-way problem for the opposition; a capable defender with the ability to score. When the Caps have been at their best in the last few years, Green played a significant role.
Bronze- The trade for center Mike Ribeiro could be just the piece the Caps need. Ribeiro is a playmaker and facilitator who looks forward to playing with Ovechkin. The former Dallas Star can also feed the power play and create chances for the Caps offense.
Let us know how you would rank the Caps offseason. Disagree with the medal selection? How would you rank it?