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Everything posted by capcrunch98

  1. Sorry about your Thrashers. Anyone complaining of how generous the expansion draft was for Vegas needs to look at Atlanta. As was the norm for expansion clubs 20+ years ago, they had to pick off the scrap heap to build a team which everyone knew would royally suck for their first 5 years. All while trying to build a fan base in a nontraditional hockey market. Factor in some major whiffs with several of their top draft picks and the sad case of their top player getting in a car accident which killed a teammate and then forcing a trade, and it was clear that team was doomed from the start.
  2. The Coyotes are becoming the modern day Hartford Whalers - can't do anything right on or off the ice. If they don't turn things around, I wouldn't be surprised one bit if they end up relocating in 5 years.
  3. So now that we have the entire picture of Holtby's Caps tenure, can we debate best Caps goalie ever? Most of us would say Holtby, and deservedly so. He was a major reason we won the Cup, he was generally considered a top-5 to top-10 goalie for the better part of his 8 years here, Vezina trophy winner, NHL All-Star, The Save will go down as one of the top 5 plays in Caps history. But one could argue Olie Kolzig too. He was our unquestioned starter for 10 years, he also has Vezina and All-Star accolades, and the Caps teams he played behind weren't half as talented as the guys Holtby played w
  4. As others have noted, it's gonna be a very compressed schedule and no team is going to have their starting goalie play 75% or more of their games like we see in normal years. This season more than any other, it's not really a backup goalie, it's a 1B goalie. They needed a reliable veteran like the King but understandably didn't want to pay too much. I like the move. Lundquist is at the point in his career where he alone probably won't win them games, but he also won't lose them games either. And that's the most realistic expectation a team should have for their backup.
  5. I'm sure Caps management still has nightmares about the King stealing playoff series from them, but they need to realize that was 5+ years ago.
  6. Anyone know why Matt Niskanen retired? Early 30's, $5 mil left on his current contract, seemed to have a solid season last year with Philly, plays for contender. Hope everything is okay with him. Maybe winning the Cup two years ago gave him a sense of closure to his career?
  7. I feel like the Norris trophy hasn't gone to the best "defensive" defenseman since Langway won it almost 40 years ago.
  8. JC is one of my favorite Caps ever, and as nice of a guy off the ice as you'll ever meet. But there's no question Josi (and Hedman) are better all-around defenseman. My only issue with Carlson not getting it is what you alluded to - some years it seems like points alone can win the award as long as the guy isn't an absolute disaster in his own end (like honestly, I completely understood why Mike Green never won it). In fact, the guy who announced the award last night - Paul Coffey - won it 3 times solely based on offense. There's just no consistency to the award at all.
  9. Yes it was, but he paid a hefty price for it with the suspension and the scarlet letter he wore the rest of his career. Ironically it worked out okay for the Isles as they managed to beat a stacked Pens team in the next round, which nobody expected them to do, and prevented the Pens from a 3-peat and they never won the Cup again during the Mario era. Not making excuses for the hit at all, but I can understand the frustration over losing that series. 1993 was a rough year - they were coming off a season before where they looked great and a lot of guys had career years and then the
  10. Butch Cassidy won Coach of the Year. If you would've predicted this to any Caps fan 17 years ago you would've been cut off at the bar and laughed out the door. Guy was absolutely incompetent behind the bench when he was here, and apparently in the locker room too. Good for him.
  11. 2/3 of the way through the season, and we're way ahead of Boston and only 2 behind the Yankees. Don't think any of us saw that coming.
  12. I haven't followed pro wrestling since WCW, but I've always heard that unless you're one of the headliners Vince McMahon will treat you like you're more expendable than the average restaurant worker. When Kamala died last month I read an article that said he got paid peanuts compared to other wrestlers even when he was doing main event matches with guys like Hulk. It just seems like a terrible business to be in and for every guy like John Cena or Ric Flair who get good lives out of it you have a few dozen Randy the Ram types who wake up at age 40 with broken down bodies and empty pockets.
  13. Has anyone been following Dylan Bundy this year? The guy has totally turned a corner and looks nothing like the pitcher who was seemingly giving up 8 HRs per game during his time with the O's. I'm happy for him, but it's frustrating to see yet another pitcher find his stuff after leaving Baltimore, especially a guy drafted as high as Bundy was. Is it just a change of scenery? Better health? Has he changed his techniques?
  14. The Os kept us entertained by playing .500 ball for over a third of the season, and most importantly a lot of the young guys are making huge strides. Throw in the fact that the Red Sox and Nats suck big gigantic elephant balls, and this hasn't been a terrible season for me considering the low expectations I had. They're reverting to the team we thought they'd be, and should finish low enough for a top-5 pick. I am fine with that.
  15. Beautiful. I can't hate the Isles. They deserved to beat us with the effort they put in, and they've been a joke of a franchise for a big chunk of the past 30 years - not much of a threat to us or anyone else really except themselves with some of the dumbest personnel move I've ever seen. The Flyers, on the other hand, are complete a-holes, and their fans are even worse. It's been over 40 years since they've won the Cup, and I'll root for anyone who can help keep that streak going.
  16. Bruce is a great guy and what he did with the team when he took over in 2008 was amazing and kicked off the Rock the Red era. But taking a team that has a history of grossly underachieving in the playoffs and putting it in the hands of.... a guy who has a history of grossly underachieving in the playoffs? GMBM would really be sticking his neck out on that one. I agree with you that he's better suited for a younger team with low expectations.
  17. Every fan is entitled to their opinion, and it's nice to hear silver linings the day after a very pitiful elimination. But this club gets no pass from me. The 2018 Cup win made me think this team knew how to match another team's intensity, was willing to do whatever it takes to win, and above all finally stop taking periods - and sometimes entire games - off like they had been doing for the previous decade. For 9 weeks in 2018, they did all this, unfortunately it seemed to stop there and it's becoming clear that this current club has it's best days behind it. Winning the Cup is so hard and de
  18. Backstrom admits in post-game press conference that the Isles were hungrier and wanted it more. A lot of people made this observation about the Canes when they bounced us last year (which is why I brought it up earlier today). I know none of us wanna hear this, but when that happens to a veteran team that just won the Cup 2 years ago, it goes beyond the bottom-pairing d-men and the 3rd and 4th lines and even the coach. It's an issue with the core of the team.
  19. Agreed. He's been the worst bring-in-a-fading-star-for-one-last-chance-at-the-Cup experiment since Mike Richards. I really thought playing with Ovi and other fellow Russians would elevate his game to a Fedorov-like level. Not even close.
  20. Yes, because no other team has to deal with injuries to top players during the playoffs. Oshie got hurt at the tail end of Game 4, just as the Caps were coughing up the series lead including a lifeless stomping in Game 3 which let Carolina back in the series. Nicky has been out vs. Isles since Game 1; I guess we now have an excuse for why the Caps didn't show up the first 3 games last week.
  21. And sorry to dredge this up, but we should've taken out the Canes in 5 games last year. I called it a choke job when the Caps, as defending champs, blew a 2-0 series lead and 2-goal Game 7 lead at home to a young team with journeymen goalies whose best player was knocked out of the series, and a number of posters on here who were probably still on a high from the Cup win the year prior took me to task for it. Again, it's ridiculous how many Cups this team has left on the table over the past 12 years.
  22. Nope, postseason stats are separate. I think Joe B and Locker mentioned that with his goals last night Ovi is now 20th all-time postseason goals.
  23. I've cried through every Caps playoff heartbreak, dating back to the 80s, and it would really be poetic if they became one of the few teams in league history to climb out of the deepest hole imaginable. But it's not happening in this series, and we all know it. Realistically, the best case scenario is we win another and then go down fighting in Game 6. That could convince management and ownership this team still has something special and the core should be kept together, with some changes to the bottom half of the roster and behind the bench. Because after Game 3, I was thinking of something
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