Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis had a lot to say during his interview session with the media today during Capitals Fan Fest, but his comments on the Capitals’ need to win while 29-year-old captain Alex Ovechkin is still cranking out 50-goal seasons seemed to be the most prominent.
We’ll have the complete Q and A in the coming days, but here’s Leonsis’ response to whether the Capitals’ window to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup is now.
“I felt the window to win with (Ovechkin) was 10 years old,” Leonsis said. “He’s a fantastic player. I think all of you in this room, don’t take Alex Ovechkin for granted. I think that happens sometimes. You see him all the time and there’s this repetitiveness about his greatness.
“But when people from outside the organization come in, I think you heard that with Justin Williams, this is the best player in the league. He’s been that for the last 10 years. And the consistency that he has brought is really historical.
“He doesn’t miss games. He plays hard all the time and I feel I haven’t met my commitment to him, that we would build a team that would be able to win Stanley Cups. That we’re in it together.
“He knows we’re committed. He can sense it and see it. He sees how much we invest. He knows how much we spend. He knows how hard we’re trying.
“It’s so close. The difference between winning and losing is just so small. So, I do not think our window as an organization is closing. I think we’ve improved as a team and I’m hoping, like all 29 other owners, that this is the year.
“And the only way you’ll know it is talking to you next year at this time to say, how did the season go?”
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The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!
After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.
Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.
But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.
Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]
Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.
While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.
In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020.
Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short.
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