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How Do You Want To Be Remembered Mr. NHL Owner?

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Make no mistake, your legacies will take an incredible walloping. All of the good you and your NHL organizations have done on and off the ice will be relegated to the lower, lesser-read paragraphs of your biographies. The damage inflicted on the sport will linger like a dusty residue in your clothes and on your persons for much longer than a cancelled hockey campaign.

Take you, Ted Leonsis. You’ve carved out a pretty sterling reputation for yourself in Washington. You’re an affable guy, you’re incredible when it comes to fan interaction, and you’ve got a burning desire to bring the Capitals their first-ever Stanley Cup. In short, you’re one of hockey’s most visible, socially aware owners. But what happens if, in pushing a hard line against the NHL Players’ Association over these next few weeks, you wind up alienating your superstar Alex Ovechkin beyond repair and he decides to stay home in Russia and play in the Kontinental League for the rest of his career? 

I know what happens: in an instant, you go from being the toast of D.C. to being The Guy Who Ended The Ovechkin Era. Somehow, I don’t think all the “Ted’s Take” blog entries in the world explaining your side would return you to fans’ good books. You’d be a heel in a way you never could atone for.

read on, Proteau is looking at you Mario...

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Such a stupid article.  Before this lockout exactly how many people in the 4th or 5th year out from the last one ever appended their comments regarding an owner with ‘And oh yeah, he did x y or z in that year long lockout in 2004.”

Nobody.

Being a sports fan is all about cherishing the memories of the good things that happen and burying the memories of the stuff that sucks.

10 times more people remember how awesome 2002 was compared to those who remember how crappy 2003 was for the Wings.  It might be 100 times, or even 1000 times.

Yes, fans are pissed off now as they are in the moment of any crappy thing happening to their team or their sport.  As soon as non-crappy things start happening, however, those old bad memories will get put in the folder with everything else and replaced by the good things.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/16/12 at 09:23 AM ET

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Proteau is a CLOWN! always has been

Posted by Evilpens on 11/16/12 at 10:38 AM ET

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But what happens if, in pushing a hard line against the NHL Players’ Association over these next few weeks, you wind up alienating your superstar Alex Ovechkin beyond repair and he decides to stay home in Russia and play in the Kontinental League for the rest of his career?

I’m convinced it may be too late - thank the Lord.

I know what happens: in an instant, you go from being the toast of D.C. to being The Guy Who Ended The Ovechkin Era.

I thought Boudreau ended the “Ovechkin Era”...

Posted by TreKronor on 11/16/12 at 04:58 PM ET

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Ovechkin Ended The Ovechkin Era. Proteau tries so hard to be funny on twitter, it’s just sad.

Posted by FlyersFan on 11/16/12 at 05:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Yeeeaaahhh…not working for you, Adam.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 11/16/12 at 06:58 PM ET

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