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Leonsis on Caps loss: “An unacceptable performance”

Feb 21, 2012, 11:52 AM EST

Ted Leonsis AP

After Washington’s miserable performance against Carolina getting shut out 5-0, you knew that Caps owner Ted Leonsis wouldn’t be pleased with the effort.

Leonsis spoke his mind on his blog this morning and tried to stay positive in spite of the continued inconsistent play by his team.

That was the worst game of the season; we came up small when we needed to come up big and win a game on the road. Another wasted opportunity to get two points and move up in the standings. An unacceptable performance – a 5 to 0 loss.

Since the Capitals swept out Bruce Boudreau and put Dale Hunter in as the interim head coach, the Caps have gone 17-16-4. They sit 10th in the East and they’re third in the miserable Southeast Division, two points behind Florida and one point back of Winnipeg. While Tampa Bay and Carolina are seemingly out of the playoff race, they’re just five and six points respectively behind Washington.

Yuck.

The Caps are so close to being in the playoffs but are equally close to being a completely miserable team in the East. This is what being an average hockey team is like.

  1. Exiled1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Trade Ovenchicken for Nash.

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      I swear I’ve seen this post before… :)
      Clever, but Nash wouldn’t be the answer even if that trade was an option

      • Exiled1 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Ovenchicken deserves a team like the BJ’s now. Nash just needs a change in scenery.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I would assume EVERYBODY but Ovechkin, Backstrom, Laich, and Chimera are trade-able… Time to clean house, Uncle Ted

  3. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Watching ovie try and steal the puck from his teammate in the offensive zone summed it all up for me. Their playing selfish hockey and not team hockey. Selfish plays like that from a captain have a trickle down effect on a team.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      I live in DC but am a Penguins fan which affords me the unique opportunity to see a lot of Caps games but also to be dispassionate about my thoughts on how the team plays.

      I’m not sure how you characterize this, but a couple of years ago when I would watch the Caps move up ice with speed, I always found myself saying, “Watch out – this is going to be a scoring chance…” and more often than not it was. Ovie would make a bonkers move or Semin would fire an absolute laser…. but I don’t see that anymore. I’m not ready to say that the team is turning on one another, it just seems that by putting the added emphasis on defense that the team has just lost its mojo and what made them great.

      How do you fix that? No friggin clue, but I’ll be interested to see if the Caps get a mind set that just says, “Screw it let’s just try to score a million goals again,” and see how that fairs with them – might be a positive effect.

      • bcjim - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        The league has changed. That shtick wasn’t working anymore. I’d love them to go back to that if it was a viable solution. It just isn’t.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        i’ve lived in northern virginia 20+ years and also am a pens fan from western pa. i watch a lot of their games as well. i have friends i play hockey with who love the caps and have loved them for 20-30 years. the light in their eyes is gone, any mention of the caps draws ire now. they’ve reverted back to their familiar disdain for ownership and management. i watched them rise from the basement to the ceiling of the league and have seen their fans get arrogant and forgetful of the past. i almost feel sorry for my friends, and then i step into the verizon center for a game and take in the degenerate following of morons that are the new wave of caps fans. i cant even take my kids to see the pens there anymore…its a shame. i truly believe that half the fans that show up dont know a lick about hockey or what makes a good team. i also believe they have created the supposed “rivalry” between the caps and pens with the help of the media. i never had a problem rooting for the caps here and there in the past because i liked guys like calle johanssen, bondra, gonchar, berube, and even jim carey but i must say i relish this fall from grace we are seeing now and the fairweather fools in dc area are the reason why.

      • bethgoesglobal - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        I’ve been a fan for 20 yrs, since I was about 10 and the rivalry w/the pens feels like it’s been there for a long time @ least since the days of Lemuix and Jagr, and certainly long before the Caps became the team to watch in DC. I do agree that the rivalry has been fueled by the media to become what it is today. (the teams having the best 2 players in hockey- at the time- didn’t hurt either).
        Ovi definitely needs to take a step back; surrender his “C” and lay low so the media will get off his back. Then they need to get a new GM and a new coach who will let him play his game as much as he can. If they do all that his stress level will go down, he’ll have more fun playing the game, and the whole team will do better as a result. There is A Lot of talent on that team (they may not be showing it- but it’s still there).
        Dale needs to stop playing with the lines every 5 minutes so the pairings can have some time to develop a little chemistry, or at least familiarity w/one another. Maybe then they’ll begin to trust each other again and stop trying to do everything as individuals. If nothing else it would be nice to see them as a cohesive unit again before the season ends. I just want to see them starting to make plays that make sense and show us that @ least thinking about what they’re doing- even if they still end up losing the game.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Pro Caps Talk.com? I’d be curious to see the breakdown of posts per team on this site. I believe the Caps would have more then both Vancouver & Boston easily

    • Jason Brough - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Well, it’s a pretty compelling story, don’t you agree?

      • govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Any time ANY team comes out and lays an egg like the Caps did last night, it’s news. When it’s a team that should have had the division locked up a month or so ago based on talent, it’s all the more shocking.

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      they can post about more Tim thomas controversy or rioters in Vancouver if ud like. Quit ur whining and read elsewhere if you dont like their posts

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Boston? Come on. Between Thomas and his attempts to become the poster child for the Republican party, Lucic and his assorted antics, and their own rocky play of late I think you could be surprised.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    And to think, this guy just sent out a letter stating, and I quote, ” Although this season has been a tumultuous roller coaster ride, I still believe in this team and their ability, that I inform season ticket holders will see an increase in ticket prices by eight percent.” …… I’m to the point with this team, that if nothing happens in the next six days and he still believes in this team’s ability, that I will highly consider telling Uncle Ted to keep my 6 Club Level Seats next year… Also. The only way to get playoff tickets (that’s if we make the playoffs) is to put a deposit down on next year’s season tickets…. I’m at the point as a Capitals fan, that all I can say is wow.

  6. bd0986 - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. No Russian captain of an NHL team has accepted the Stanley Cup. Ever. Either trade Ovechkin, or take the ‘C’ from his sweater and give the responsibility to someone like Brooks Laich or Karl Alzner. I see a lot of leadership qualities in both players and they’d be more than deserving of this honor.

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