Aside from selling a house, building a house, finding a house, redeeming himself on the golf course, getting married and mending the hearts of 5-year-old girls, Timothy Leif Oshie hasn’t had much excitement this summer.
On Saturday, the Capitals’ newly acquired 28-year-old right wing introduced himself to more than 2,500 fans at the club’s annual Fan Fest at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Next weekend he will try to erase the memories of four-putting from seven feet away in last year’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.
The week after that he will tie the knot with University of North Dakota sweetheart Lauren Cosgrove.
We’ll let Oshie fill you in on the rest:
On learning he had been traded from the St. Louis Blues for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick:
It was a little surreal. There’s been excitement since those first couple hours. We went to St. Louis for a couple days and tried to pack up the house as quick as we could. We flew back to Minnesota, then flew out here. It’s been pretty busy, but now that I’m here it’s great to be here. I’m excited. I met a lot of people in the organization, texted with some of the players, so it’s been very welcoming here.
On what he remembers about facing the Capitals:
This team is ready to win, it looks like. I’m happy to be an addition to that and be a piece of the puzzle. Meeting the coaching staff, I’m very excited. They actually got me fired up. I’m hoping the season would start a little early talking to them yesterday. It’s really exciting for me right now.
On switching his jersey from No. 74, which belongs to John Carlson, to No. 77:
Carly actually texted me and asked me what number I was going to be choosing. I think I’ve played a couple more games (443) than him (398). I took his number at the Olympics, so I figured he could keep it here. I wore 7 in college. My daughter was born on the 17th and I thought that would be an option, but I went with 77.
On seeing so many fans wanting his autograph:
Just from looking at Twitter, fans have been very welcoming, just adding to the excitement for me to be here. I was always supported very well in St. Louis and it looks like Washington is doing the same.
On seeing the video of 5-year-old Libby Lu crying over his departure from St. Louis:
I actually saw a couple different ones, so when (ESPN) approached me, right away I didn’t know which little girl it was. You kind of get sad looking at that and thinking about the past seven years in St. Louis and things that I’ve accomplished, but I’m looking forward to a new chapter and hopefully Libby can transfer over and become a Caps fan.
On the similarities of the Blues and Capitals’ quest for an elusive Stanley Cup:
I don’t think I’ve been in town for too long, so I’m not sure what the feeling is here. I know in St. Louis the fans are getting a little restless and I’m sure the fans here want a Cup just as bad. Hopefully, this will be the year we can bring it to them.
On his first impressions of Barry Trotz:
It’s been great. He obviously loves the game. You can tell that he loves his team, loves his players, loves his coaches. It’s going to be great to play for him and I’m excited to build that relationship.
On how his experience in the 2014 Winter Olympics changed how people view him:
I don’t know if it really changed me too much. After a couple months went by everything kind of cooled down. A lot of people started looking at me for just shootouts after that, which I guess made sense a little bit. But I like to bring a little bit more than that to the table as far as my game goes. Hopefully, I can improve on that. I feel like my best years are still coming up here, so hopefully this year can be one of those years.
On the remainder of his summer:
I think we’ve got our minds set on a place. Right now it’s still kind of up in the air. We’re getting married in a couple weeks, so that’s the main focus right now. After that, just continuing my workouts up in Minnesota and hopefully I’ll be here around Sept. 1.
On wedding plans:
Wedding planning’s hard. We’re building a house (just south of St. Paul, Minn.) as well right now. We move in on the 20th (of July) and the wedding is on the 25th. So busy times. It’s exciting. I can’t wait to get here. I’m going to enjoy this summer and obviously enjoy the wedding and the new house but I’m excited for the next chapter.
On seeing Troy Brouwer at Kettler on Friday:
I guess it’s a little awkward, but it’s part of the business. We’re both pretty mature about it. We talked. He was just getting off the ice and I said hi to him. We’ve been texting each other, talking about the possibility of renting our houses and things like that. I don’t think either of us were asking for a trade, but it happened and it’s going to be a new chapter.
On where he might fit into the Caps’ lineup:
There’s been a little communication on that. Obviously, losing Wardo (Joel Ward) and Brouwer was tough for the organization and the team. They are two big players who played big minutes. So I’m looking to step in and hopefully take up some of those minutes and be a difference maker right away.
On becoming teammates with Justin Williams:
He seems like a great guy and a great teammate. He comes up in big games which is nice to have on your side. I think we’re both really excited to step into a team that’s a great contender to go deep into the playoffs next year.
On how he would describe the way he plays and what it was like to face Williams:
I’d say I’m a pretty all-around player. I like the defensive side of the puck just as much as the offensive side. I’m confident in my abilities on the power play, on the penalty kill, late in games, in tough situations, whether we’re up a man or down a man. Me, personally, I like to run around (and hit opponents). I may not always have my best game every night, but I’ll work as hard as I can every night.
As far as (Williams’) game, he seems like he’s a similar player. Maybe he doesn’t run around and hit quite as much, but he can do some pretty cool things with the puck. It seems when the games get going and the suspense gets high he calms down and plays cool and collective. So it will be nice to have someone like that on our side.
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