For me, the fact that the Caps aren't challenging Philadelphia for futility is nothing short of amazing.
We all know the answer to that: Alex Ovechkin. Without Ovechkin Caps wouldn't exist on the map, without him they'd sink, without him the seats on the road would be empty. Let's appreciate that.
"First, a Monarch Butterfly from Canada somehow shows up in England. Now this.
An exotic, exciting, never-before-seen-here species was sighted yesterday in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.
Witnesses in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, were initially confounded by the subject's sudden appearance, but investigators were able to identify him as Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals."
The reality is that with AHL defense that Caps have now, you've got the car combined with Porsche front and John Deere rear.
Getting burned on Jagr deal doesn't justify you to leave your fans and best NHL player in half Porsche, half John Deere truck. It is a nature of a business you are in. You are in high risk, high profile business. Don't like it? Sell the team and get out of sunlight. I know you won't do it, will you?
Washington, D.C.: Ted's reign as owner of the Capitals has been a lesson in futility - no playoff series wins in nine years and counting. Even worse, Ted claims to have lost millions of dollars on his investment. At what point does Ted give up, sell the team, and move on to a different sand box?
Tarik El-Bashir: I don't see Ted selling the Capitals. He has already invested so much in them, he's pretty much past the cut-your-losses window of opportunity to get out.
If what he's been telling us is the truth -- and I've got no reason to believe otherwise because he a pretty genuine guy -- he's in this for the long haul.
His goal is to someday own everything -- the Caps, the Wizards, Verizon and the Mystics.
(Above is online chat with Washington Post staff writer Tarik El-Bashir. According to Tarik, I was right :-)
After all, getting burned on Jagr deal was a blessing in disguise, you got Ovechkin.
I am glad that Capitals GM George McPhee finally made a trade. Any time you snatch the member of Slovakia national team, it's a winner. It's a poor man's Chara, but it's still mentioning of Chara's name! :-) He's young, he is big.
My point to George, good job, but don't you think it's too little, too late? Just one week earlier could keep Caps as contenders for playoffs. The glass is half empty, not half full :-), you've got a lot of space under the cap, but it's gotta be filled in synch with playoff race.
Unfortunately the trade is late, the playoffs are most likely out of question.
We, and I am saying it on behalf of all hockey fans all over the world, not just Washington Caps, got screwed.
No Ovechkin in playoffs, no good for hockey in general.
But don't let depression to take over.
Come along with me and let's watch Alex chasing Sid and edging him like he did last season. He and Crosby are simply doing no less than saving the league, as someone said. And they are doing their part.
Come on let's twist again, there is always next year.
Name TM GP G A PTS
1 Alexander Ovechkin WAS 52 33 37 70
2 Martin St. Louis TAM 53 32 38 70
3 Vincent Lecavalier TAM 53 32 36 68
4 Dany Heatley OTT 53 31 36 67
5 Marian Hossa ATL 54 31 35 66
6 Teemu Selanne ANA 52 31 31 62
7 Ilya Kovalchuk ATL 54 29 26 55
8 Alexander Semin WAS 48 29 24 53
9 Chris Drury BUF 52 29 22 51
10 Jason Blake NYI 51 27 20 47
11 Patrick Marleau SJS 52 26 31 57
12 Alexander Frolov LOS 54 26 25 51
13 Justin Williams CAR 54 26 23 49
14 Brendan Shanahan NYR 51 26 23 49
15 Ryan Smyth EDM 42 26 17 43
16 Sidney Crosby PIT 47 25 57 82
Yeah round 'n around 'n up 'n down we go again...