The weather may be turning a bit frightful now that we’re into December, but the local sports season is heating up, and that’s not just a reference to baseball’s hot stove league, now in full effect.

Speaking of baseball, the Nationals are said to have intensified their trade talks with the Pirates regarding outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Any deal there would likely mean minor league sensation Victor Robles would be on his way to Pittsburgh. The Nats are also said to be zeroing in their closer search on Mark Melancon, with the price tag for Ardolis Chapman said to be too rich for their blood.

If the football odds are anything to go by, the Redskins right now are a good bet to make the playoffs. They currently sit as the 6th seed in the NFC if the postseason was to begin today. Betway currently offers 20 to 1 odds on the Skins to win the NFC and advance to the Super Bowl, including enhanced odds across many bets and in many different sports. At this point, however, it’s Dallas that is the virtual lock to win the division.

On the ice the Caps present continues to go well as they sit in the thick of the race for the top of the Metropolitan Division. But just as important, Thursday night the team also got a look at its future, when 2014 top draft pick Jakub Vrana made his NHL debut. The 20-year old Prague born centerman played on the second line with Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov, and head coach Barry Trotz believes that the trio’s combined speed and shared youth will lead to a successful chemistry on the ice. If Vrana’s output in the AHL is anything to go by, Caps fans will be applauding this draft pick for many seasons to come.

The outlook on the hardwood isn’t nearly as optimistic, with the Wizards continuing to struggle this season. Losing this week against Oklahoma City isn’t that troubling. But blowing a 7-point lead in the 4th quarter to do it is. There are even grumblings and rumblings that the Wizards would be better off trading away point guard John Wall for draft picks, tanking the rest of this season, and completely starting over with a rebuild next offseason. But there have also been rumors the other direction that have the Wizards pulling off a deal that would keep Wall and bring in DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento.

Only time will tell if either suggestion makes it up to the Wizards front office and prompts them to pull the trigger.

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