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Caps owner Leonsis apologizes for team’s playoff failure

May 21, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

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It was yet another disappointing playoffs for the Washington Capitals and owner Ted Leonsis knows all too well about that by now.

Leonsis took to his own blog to address how things went for the team this season and sprinkled in plenty of hope and positive thoughts it what turned out to be a bummer of a finish for the team.

Most notably, he has a word for the fans who had hopes of seeing the team win their first Stanley Cup: Sorry.

I’m sorry it ended when it did. I thought we were peaking at the appropriate time and it would translate into more playoff success and a deeper run. We played well, but we weren’t good enough. I remain proud of our team and appreciative of our fans – perhaps that’s why losing hurts so much. I feel we have let you down; I know we have let you down, and we let ourselves down. And we will continue to explore all avenues to improve our team in this new hard-cap era.

Overall, Leonsis praises the effort of coach Adam Oates for winning the Southeast Division in his first season and for the team doing it for five of the last six seasons.

He also says they’re busy prepping for next season. It’ll be an important one for him and GM George McPhee as their division is going to be a tad more competitive next season.

  1. crazemastercraze - May 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    As soon as he stops emulating Jerry Jones and pampering the living day lights out of this team, things will improve. If not, look for him to copy and paste that same letter to fans at the end if next season

    • jaguar0413 - May 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Woah…How in the world is he like Jerry Jones? Leonsis does not interfere with any of the actual hockey operations. He leaves all of that to George McPhee and Dick Patrick.

      As a fan of the team, I’m disappointed by his unwillingness to change the one constant of this streak of playoff failure…McPhee. He’s the architect of this monstrosity of mentally weak and physically soft players. I fear that until the Caps get a new vision at the top, they’ll continue in this limbo.

  2. REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Lemons is knows as much about hockey as I do. Let the pro’s do the talking Ted. You haven’t done anything to improve this team in the last five years. Just keep your trap shut.

  3. herbiecane - May 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Wait……it’s really not his fault.
    I’m sticking with the ol’ “Semin was a no-show” bit.

    • govtminion - May 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      You know, you’re right, I can’t recall a single shot he took during the Rangers series. What a loser! 😉

      • 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 2:19 AM

        Yeah! He’s the only guy in the top six who had fewer points than Ovechkin!

  4. capitalspowerkill - May 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    The Capitals have built a team that’s good in the regular season, but terrible in the playoffs. Those regular season wins keep the bandwagon capitals fans hanging around making ted that bandwagon money. I’ll even go as far to say that as long as ted is the owner of the capitals, they will never win the cup, he puts his hands in the cookie jar way to much with personnel moves.Ted is hands down is the worst owner in the NHL.

    – Angry Capitals fan

    • stakex - May 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Let me first say that under Bruce Boudreau the Caps did have some really good teams, season or playoffs. The year they lost to the Pens in seven they probably would have won the cup if they survived that series.

      However, of late the Caps just haven’t been that good… even in the regular season. It might have appeared they were decent, but that was seriously helped by the fact they had several extra games against Southleast division teams. That has inflated the Caps record over the last few years, and given the false impression that they were a good team that just flopped in the playoffs. In reality they have been a very so-so team the last three or so seasons, that struggles in the playoffs because they have to play non-Southleast teams.

      Now the only silver lining for Caps fans is that since they are going to be in a harder division next year, the Caps won’t be able to sneak by with a so-so team. Caps managements will have to make efforts to strengthen the team that they might not have had to make in years past.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - May 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Playoff failures? That’s been a common theme for that franchise over the years. They’ve been booted out of the playoffs 7 times by my penguins. What they should do is strip Ovie of the C because he is not a true captain in this league and has poor leadership skills

    • taintedlombardis - May 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Ovi is the C because he is the only true star player on the team. The rest of the team has been riding his coat tails for years. Seeing that you’re more than likely the typical fat loser Crosby fan boy, rest assured your “precious” would have never won anything with the Caps roster.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Oh really? That’s funny. I forgot that the only that matters to you is Goals per Game which last I checked that’s something Ovie failed to do vs the Rangers. Tell me how did it feel to see your Crapitals choke in the playoffs? Come next season the Crapitals will have a tough time making it into the playoffs because they won’t have the southeast division to feast upon.

        I also never knew that being 6′ and 145lbs makes me fat…thanks for telling me that one hahaha

      • stakex - May 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Never respond to someone calling you fat by listing your weight… because you sound like a guy talking about how large his manhood is. It just sounds like a lie no matter what you say.

      • 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 2:28 AM

        Hey, tainted – if he’s the only star on the team, why did FIVE other Capitals have more points than him in the series, including not only top-flight talent like Backstrom, but supposedly-lowly grinders like Perreault, Chimera and Joel freaking Ward?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 22, 2013 at 7:26 AM

        Caps vs Pens game 7 in the ECF semis in 2009. Do you remember this? That game Crosby out played Ovi. Do you think Caps would have won if 87 was the Caps C?

        In the deciding seventh game of the series, Varlamov, who had posted a 2.21 GAA and two shutouts in the playoffs, was pulled in the second period as the Penguins took a 4–0 lead only 2:13 into the second period. At the time that Varlamov was replaced by Jose Theodore, Pittsburgh had outshot Washington 18–5.The Penguins won 6-2 in dominating fashion, picking up a pair of goals from Crosby, to close out the series.

  6. polegojim - May 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Actually Joe… I think it was old 2 years ago.

    Now… most of the hockey world is numb to the Caps and all the excuses…

    Remember Charlie Brown… Wha wha wah wha wah…..wha wha wha…. wha wha… Capitals.

  7. har21441 - May 22, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    The end of the Leonsis blog post is the Capitals franchise in a nutshell. “We did not win the cup, but here is a long list of meaningless accomplishments to be proud of”

  8. jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    weak ownership trickles down to the gm being soft and unaccountable for his decisions. 3 coaches in 2 years trickles down to the players, and oates had his work cut out for him early on w/ the lockout which then trickled down to the players on the ice. they were struggling early on and became too one-dimensional and reliant on one or two players and the powerplay. then you add pathetic leadership on the ice and a captain who complains about conspiracy theories and whines about refs – on top of not taking ownership for his lack of playoff performance – and it all permeates through the locker room and disdain sets in like a cancer. it all starts at the top…fire gmgm because you cant change the owner.

  9. REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Terrible owner who just runs his mouth all the time.

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