Buffalo Sabres


The Capitals have named Calle Johansson the teams assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.


He may not have used the word guarantee, but the comments Brooks Laich made on Wednesday morning regarding the Capitals playoff chances certainly achieved the same effect.


Back in September, several Capitals said their 2011-12 season would be judged not on the regular season, but how far they went in the playoffs.


Capitals coach Dale Hunter probably could have dusted off a tape of one of his own kamikaze net-crashing goals to illustrate his point.