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PHT Morning Skate: Caps owner feels he personally ‘let the community down’

May 15, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

Ted Leonsis

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Forward Saku Koivu is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Anaheim Ducks want to re-sign him, but Koivu needs some time to think about his future. (

Defenseman Mark Streit‘s contract is also expiring, but he would like to stay with the New York Islanders. (Newsday)

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has some lineup decisions to make for Game 1 tonight. Among them is whether or not forward Ben Smith will get a chance to play. He centered the second line during Tuesday’s practice, but Smith isn’t expected to serve in that role when the Blackhawks host the Red Wings. (CSN Chicago)

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis feels like he personally “let the community down with this Game 7 loss.” The Rangers earned a 5-0 victory over his Capitals. (Monumental Network)

The AHL Connecticut Whale are reverting to their old name, the Hartford Wolf Pack. (

Rangers forward Rick Nash didn’t score a goal in the first round, but he thinks that “the offense will come.” (Newsday)

Here’s a category-by-category breakdown of the Blackhawks-Red Wings second-round series. (CSN Chicago)

Highlights from Los Angeles’ 2-0 victory over San Jose:

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  1. operwapitsai - May 15, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Thanks Ted but it it hardly your fault. You consistently help put a competitive product on the ice every year, and have made some great decisions for the team and Greater Washington area community on and off of it. (I hope that Erat trade wasnt your idea) If anybody has let the Capitals community down I would start with a handful of people before you Ted…..

    • danaking - May 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      I really have to wonder how McPhee keeps his job.

      • blackfoot11 - May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        GMGM is not going anywhere. If Leonsis hasn’t fired Ernie Grunfeld as the ‘Zards GM, then I don’t see him making a move on McPhee.

  2. watermelon1 - May 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Hope Leonsis is willing to make up for his mistake and SIGN SOME TALENT.

    You need at least ONE good defenseman.

    Another goal scorer would be lovely. You don’t need 10 set-up guys when you only have one guy who can finish.

    Trade Ribero or Backstrom or Johansen for someone who likes to score goals.

    Trade Mike Green for whatever you can get. Should have done it 4 years ago when his hype was ridiculous.

    • blackfoot11 - May 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Agree on your first and second points. The Caps need a solid defensive defenseman that can play 25+ minutes/game and a top line LW to play with Ovi & Backstrom. Ribeiro is a UFA, so if they let him go, they need to find a 2nd line centerman to play between Laich and Brouwer. Maybe they move Laich back to his natural center spot and place Erat on the LW. The third line of Ward-Perreault-Fehr should stay together, as they were productive during the season and playoffs. Mojo is likely the odd man out. GMGM definitely has some difficult and important decisions to make.

  3. fivetozeroingame7 - May 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I have an idea Ted: Fire the coach and bring back the exact same roster.

  4. jaybaileys - May 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Fire your GM. When your big move at the deadline is Marty Erat, you’re hoping and praying.

  5. capsfan19 - May 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    You did let us down teddy.

  6. DED - May 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Now to reply to the statement nobody but me cares about: the Connecticut Whale changing its name back to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

    Good! CT Whale was a stupid name.

    You may now go back to Ted bashing (or not).

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