Things are headed south faster than the politicians' approval ratings in Washington.

On Tuesday Jaroslav Halak did not start when the Capitals faced the Blues in St. Louis, his former team as of a little more than a month ago. Coach Adam Oates said that Halak told him he was not comfortable facing his old team thus Braden Holtby got the start (and win).

You just had to know that wasn't the last we would hear of the situation because on Wednesday the agent for Halak, outspoken Allan Walsh, issued a statement critical of Oates' handling of the situation and defending his client.