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Morning Line- Ted Leonsis

To our fans, we are nothing without you

Game 7. Win and advance or lose and go home. It’s a feeling we know all too well. It never gets easier, especially after knowing what it feels like to be on top. The feeling of being world champions. Exiting the playoffs after Game 7 last night was difficult, as losing is never easy. Despite it all, I couldn’t be prouder of our team! This was an incredible, hard-fought series and a memorable season as the defending Champs.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  Continue reading at Ted's Take.

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Video- Ted Leonsis Has A Goal For The Stanley Cup Parade, He Wants To Elevate & Unite The Community

In the very early years of Kukla's Korner, I talked with Ted Leonsis.

Not knowing what I was really doing, feeling my way through establishing KK, I decided to email Ted Leonsis and ask for any interview.

Within 15 minutes I received an email from him, with a contact phone number.

I called, we talked for about 15 minutes and I just wanted to say it is a moment I will never forget.

Happy for him, he waited a long time for this.

Below, watch an interview with him after last night's Stanley Cup win.

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Statement From Ted Leonsis On Supreme Court Decision Regarding Sports Betting

via the Washington Capitals PR department,

STATEMENT BY TED LEONSIS ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION TO REPEAL PASPA

May 14, 2018

Stats have always been the lifeblood of sports fandom, and a fan today has more stats available to digest and analyze than was imaginable even a decade ago: player movements, biometrics, hyper-detailed opponent history.  Data analytics have become integral to teams’ success – but also to diehard fans’ enjoyment of the game.

So, the Supreme Court’s decision today to repeal the federal ban on sports betting and clear the way for legalized sports betting across the country is in many ways the logical outgrowth of fans’ obsession with data.  It brings a multibillion dollar industry out of the shadows and into the sunlight, where its integrity can be guaranteed and consumers can be better protected.  I believe today’s decision will change the face of sports fandom for the better.  

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Hurting In Washington

from Ted Leonsis of Ted's Take,

This loss hurts. I thought we had the pieces in place to win the Cup. We didn’t make enough plays at critical times. Congratulations to the Penguins – they overcame adversity and made more plays when it counted most.

I feel awful – almost numb, yet frustrated. I know many of our fans – locally and around the world – feel the same way. Sports teams impact the psyche of a city, and I feel terrible that we have let you down.

Our fans are incredible, and they certainly make Verizon Center a special place. It’s red. It’s loud. It’s respectful. It’s fun. They demonstrate such affection for our team and players and are extremely supportive of what we are attempting to accomplish on and off the ice. Thank you. We feel your love, and we share your pain.

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The Untapped Chinese Hockey Market

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis envisions a day when a player born and trained in China will play in the NHL. He also believes that day isn't far off.

By hosting a group of 25 youth hockey players from two primary schools in Beijing the past 10 days to kick off Hockey Is For Everyone month, Leonsis and the Capitals have seen there is some young talent there already. And with the 2022 Beijing Olympics on the distant horizon, Leonsis expects the development process to be accelerated.

"We believe and I believe that China is the next great market for hockey," Leonsis said Wednesday. "The Winter Olympics will be played in China. The Chinese government, the Chinese people, the universities and secondary schools are committed to the game. There will be about 200 new rinks being built in China and we would expect China being a very, very formidable force in the Olympics, and also we'll see that China will be producing players and I would expect that we'll have NHL players that were born and trained, just like we've seen in the NBA, and China will be able to bring players here."

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Afternoon Line- Ted Leonsis

“I’ve been around the game now for a long, long time,” Leonsis said, in response to a question about meddling. “And there are certain things that you do learn and you do see. But if you break the hierarchy — you have a general manager, you have a coach, you have assistant coaches, you have a captain, you have players — the moment you break that hierarchy, I think you inject needless chaos into the system.

“And truthfully, it means you should fire your general manager or your coach. If you’re making the decisions and you think what you know is more than your coach and general manager, then they can’t work for you. Because the general manager and the coach need to be the end-all and be-all, and be in that cocoon, if you will, with the players.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.

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Morning Line- Ted Leonsis

"... 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?”

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Leonsis from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.

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Video- The Story Of Ted Leonsis

via Sportsnet,

Ted Leonsis is a self-made man who’s reached virtually every goal he’s set out to accomplish. While he remains focused on bringing a championship to the US capital, his main goal is to finish something he started over three decades ago after a life-changing experience.

 

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Spotlight On Ted Leonsis

from Brendan Prunty of Rolling Stone,

"There are so many things that divide us, but nothing unites like a winning sports team," Leonsis says. "Those are magical moments. And that's what I envision winning a championship here will be like. This über-magical moment for the city. All of that is summed up by that sign: 'Now I Can Die In Peace.'"

So why do the dreams of another super-rich sports owner matter? Who cares that a man worth over a billion dollars wants to win a title (or ten)? Why should what Leonsis wants even register at all? It's simple: When Ted Leonsis wants something he usually gets it.

And that's the best place to start, really. Because on New Year's Day, Leonsis' Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL's annual Winter Classic. It is, on the surface, just another game; but to Leonsis, it's also something more – a showcase for the nation's capital, and the first of many big games he envisions the Caps playing in over the next few years.

"I think our fans appreciate that we went for it on the Winter Classic," Leonsis says. "But no one is going to cut us any slack at the end of the day if we don't win a Stanley Cup. They'll say, 'Nice job in doing all that.' But if we don't win a Stanley Cup, they'll consider me a failure."

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Some of the same, some different as Road to the Winter Classic prepares to kick off

USA Today's Ted Berg spoke with the producers of Epix' version of The Road to the Winter Classic, and I guess this was inevitable...

In a small, dark room in lower Manhattan, Fritz Mitchell stares at a computer monitor as video editors tap away on computer keyboards, cuing up footage of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

Leonsis, interviewed in an otherwise empty hockey arena, is discussing the progress of his team's most recognizable star — forward Alex Ovechkin — and so animatedly sings the veteran's praises that Mitchell and his crew struggle to find "room tone," the arena's background hum, a note necessary for seamlessly splicing together the highlights of the interview.

"(Leonsis) seems approachable, like a regular guy," says Mitchell, a producer on the fourth season of Road to the NHL Winter Classic, which debuts [Tuesday] on Epix at 10 ET.

"We're going to make him a character," says executive producer Ross Greenburg from a couch a few feet away.

But the fact that Epix' folks claim that they want the players and coaches to "forget the cameras" after the level of--if you'll pardon me for being a blunt Red Wings fan--"embedded" journalism in HBO's 24/7 had become post-Bryzgalov guerilla journalism, i.e., "Let's try to find someone else who's wild" to the point that Mike Babcock and Ken Holland finishing each other's sentences and Todd Bertuzzi drinking beer may have been the most "human" moments of a 247 that had the Wings and Leafs stumbling their way through a December spent trying not to embarrass themselves, or be embarrassed for exploitative purposes:

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Afternoon Line - Ted Leonis

“It’s just such great theater. The bar keeps getting raised, and we’ll have a couple of unique things to D.C. I’m sure we’ll do something important with the military. Hopefully we can get President Obama to come. It’s Chicago, it’s Washington, it’s national television. I’m hoping that we can get President Obama to come to the game.”

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals on the Winter Classic.  More from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog.

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It’s Playoffs Or Disappointment For Ted Leonsis

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

“My expectation is that because this is a world-class organization with great talent, that if we don’t make the playoffs, we’ll all be disappointed,” Leonsis said. “As I mentioned before, I can’t name a single team that’s won the Stanley Cup without making the playoffs.”

Stanley Cup notwithstanding, the new-look Capitals have engendered a wide range of preseason predictions from reporters — three of eight Sports Illustrated writers slotted Washington into the playoffs, for instance – and Leonsis said that might be such a bad thing for a new regime.

“I read all the hockey communiques, all the blogs, all the online stuff,” he said. “Not many people are even picking us to make the playoffs again. I’m not sure whether the players or coaching staff read that. I know some of our fans do. I have.

“Yeah, I think that could be positive. There aren’t a lot of expectations for us. Maybe there will be a different kind of pressure on the team, which is to prove experts wrong. But I think they’re in this for the right reason. They think they have a good team. They think we have good personnel and we haven’t achieved our goals. The first goal we have to reestablish is we have to make the playoffs.”

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Ted Leonsis On His ‘New Team’

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

In his first meeting with reporters since committing nearly $70 million to three free agents this month, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said the new regime under General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz addressed exactly what they targeted this offseason.

“As an owner, you set strategy and vision and budget,” he said. “Then you have to enable your people to do things. I green-lit that we could spend every dollar we could for goaltending and defense. That was my input.”

Now just $1.1 million shy of the salary cap, the Capitals gave a combined $69.65 million to defenseman Matt Niskanen, defenseman Brooks Orpik and goaltender Justin Peters on July 1, the first day of free agency. And while MacLellan, that day, described a busy scene inside the team offices, hustling between rooms for contractual approval, Leonsis seems to have taken a more hands-off approach, trusting in his two hires to make the ultimate calls.

“In fact, I think it was more that Mac would inform us in what he was going to do,” Leonsis said. We told him when we hired him, as we did, you and the coaches make the decisions. You need to be totally in sync. With the players that we signed, the players that we draft, you have to be in total sync. So far, so good on that. I think that’s a good move in a positive direction to have the organization all signing from the same songbook.”

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“Obviously I Was Wrong”- Ted Leonsis

from Ted Leonsis of Ted's Take,

Before the Capitals season started, I was quoted as saying I didn’t see any weakness in our lineup. While I knew some aspects of our team were stronger than others, I didn’t see anything that I believed was a specific weakness. Obviously I was wrong.

I still believe it is good business practice to avoid snap decisions, and I want to conduct a comprehensive review of what transpired this year, listen to appropriate voices and then determine what steps are necessary to ensure the Capitals return to the playoffs and compete for a Stanley Cup.

Our fans and community expected much more when this season began, and I’m sorry we couldn’t deliver on those expectations.

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Report- Leonsis Refinances The Capitals

via Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

After winning the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals were upset in the first round of the NHL playoffs this past season by the New York Rangers in seven games. But the Capitals have scored big on Wall Street.

Sources have told me that Ted Leonsis refinanced the debt on his hockey team last month with a $100 million package led by Citigroup. The loan was oversubscribed, meaning more people wanted to buy the debt than was available. And the refinancing was bigger than the previous loan, thereby increasing the amount of debt on the hockey team.

Leonsis owns the Capitals, Washington Wizards of the NBA, and the arena the two teams call home, the Verizon Center, through his holding company,Monumental Sports and Entertainment. Leonsis bought the Capitals for $85 million in 1999 and we valued the team at $250 million last November.

The NHL in general seems to be taking on more debt. The league increased its credit facility to $600 million from $400 million last month, also through Citigroup. The new deal is priced at the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, plus 250 basis points. The previous facility was $400 million, at Libor plus 300 basis points.

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Afternoon Line

The Capitals placed three players in the top 15 in scoring in the NHL. No other team did that - with Mike Ribeiro finishing ninth in scoring.

The team won 27 games - right now, one less win than the Bruins as an aside. Eric Fehr scored the OT-winner last night. His second OT-winner against the Bruins this season. We overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Bruins and a 2-0 deficit against the Bruins to win both of those games. Eric Fehr, who wasn't a popular resigning with many bloggers this past of season scored nine  goals and had 17 points this season, as well.

The Capitals have plenty of high-end talent, and we also played quite well as a team during the season, overcoming a very slow start. We won the division for the fifth time in six years. We were 15-8-1 at home, and we have now had 177 straight sell-outs.

We also have the most talented and most fanatical fans in the NHL. Thank you. Go Caps!

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  Read more at Ted's Take.

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So What’s Wrong With Ovechkin?

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Leonsis said Ovechkin was concerned about the transition between the KHL rinks back to the NHL ice after the lockout ended. Ovechkin had 40 points in 31 games for Dynamo.

“They have bigger ice. And when I saw Alex for those six days [of training camp], I mostly talked to him about his engagement, but I asked him what his biggest concern was and he said, ‘The KHL is different; the big ice to the smaller ice, I’m going to have to get adapted to, because you don’t have room to operate,’” said Leonsis.

So what’s wrong with the player that Leonsis has signed through 2021 and is scheduled to make $79 million over the next eight seasons?

“You know, he gets double-teamed all the time. He has to keep moving. That’s the one thing I’ve noticed when he doesn’t have a good game – he seems to be more stationary,” said Leonsis.

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Leonsis Will Allow Ovechkin To Play In The Olympics

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

The Capitals will allow Alex Ovechkin to take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, regardless of whether the NHL permits all of its players to participate in the games, owner Ted Leonsis said Thursday.

Ovechkin, who on Wednesday was named a torchbearer for the Sochi games, has said multiple times that he intends to play in his home country. Leonsis doesn’t intend to stand in the star winger’s way.

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Afternoon Line

I believe the new CBA agreement helps all of us – players, teams and ultimately the fans – to achieve long-term stability for the league. It creates a great partnership between the players and the teams, and it assures competitiveness and the ability for all 30 clubs and their fan bases to hope to compete for a Stanley Cup.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  More on the CBA at Ted's Take.

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All Ted Leonsis

from J.P. of Japers’ Rink,

Finally, the game is always changing, and recent trends seem to have it headed back to mid-90s levels of obstruction and scoring. Do you like where the game is and where it’s heading, and do you feel that the Caps have been agile enough to adjust to the changes as they’ve come?

Leonsis: With professional sports it seems you are always changing in some fashion or another. There is something new employed by a team and coaches and players react to it. In the end, however, it comes down to a team buying into a system, executing it and sometimes having a bit of luck.

I love our game. Our fans love our game. Are there areas for improvement? Absolutely there are. That is the nature of business in general. When you become satisfied, you become stagnant.

So, yes, I think we have made adjustments, and I’m sure you will see changes made by Adam Oates and his staff. We will continue to make adjustments in order to win a Stanley Cup.

Furthermore, I am fortunate to be part of the NHL’s executive committee, and I am involved with a small circle of other owners in all aspects of the CBA discussions and potential rule changes. So we are well aware of what is on the horizon.

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Evening Line

“We’re at that point where we have to do better in the playoffs.  We have to win the Stanley Cup. That’s what our mission is and Adam’s been to the Finals twice—once as a player and once as a coach—and we want to win a Cup together.”

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals during the press conference introducing Adam Oates as the Washington Capitals coach.  More from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.

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Video- Leonsis & McPhee On The Caps First Round Victory

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee talk about the Caps first round win over the Bruins.

from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,

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Morning Line

“We injected a lot of change this year because we weren’t satisfied with the results we had in the playoffs. We understand, we get the joke. Over the last four years, we might have the best record in the NHL over the regular season. We won the East the last two years, we’ve had a really good team, but we can’t seem to get past that last round of the playoffs. And that’s obviously what the focus is.”

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Leonsis from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

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Morning Line

“The team will make the playoffs, as I promised, 10 to 15 years in a row. There is a 10 to 15 year horizon. Woody Allen said, half of success in life is showing. Well, you’ve got to make the playoffs in order to compete for the Cup.”

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Leonsis at Capitals Insider.

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Should Boudreau Stay?

CBC’s Chris Iorfida and Jesse Campigotto debate Boudreau’s future.

Lorida says “Yes”:

… take a look at Washington’s goals-against and penalty-killing rankings in comparison to 2008 to the end of the 2010 season, and you’ll see significant improvements toward a complete game.

Health is so critical to a Stanley Cup run; one is hard-pressed to name a recent team that won a championship with significant injury woes. Most teams have 12 to 15 players who suit up in all playoff games.

Washington looked like a Cup contender in February and March, but were hit with a number of injuries that took their toll.

Campigotto says “No”

I like Boudreau a lot (partly because he might be the most entertaining HBO character since Pauly Walnuts, or at least Leon Black), and I don’t like the NHL’s general trigger-happiness when it comes to firing coaches. But it feels like maybe Boudreau has taken this team as far as he can.

The guy has tried everything.

Much more here.  Any guesses on Boudreau’s future? It seems Ted Leonsis is acknowledging “change” might be in the future, while GM George McPhee says he expects Boudreau to stay on.

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Morning Line

He is both the subject and the writer.

If you’re a Caps fans, you can just feel the fact he wants to win as much as you do. If you’re a Caps official or player, you could probably do without Captain Blogosphere offering up his two cents after a tough loss.

But in the heavily corporate NHL, Leonsis is different, and therefore welcome.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star on Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.  More on Leonsis at the Toronto Star.

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Afternoon Line

Does the coach need to be publicly questioned by the owner about his line combinations and power play scheme? Does the GM need to hear, along with the Capitals’ fanbase, that the guy who signs his paychecks thinks the star players with whom he negotiated massive contracts are not getting the job done? And if Leonsis uses these posts to communicate with his customers as a well-intentioned owner, might he be openly undermining his hockey department in the process?

-Stu Hackel of the Red Light at Sports Illustrated.  Read more and read the reaction from Ted Leonsis.

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Afternoon Line

Three All-Star candidates on our team.

Four on the Maple Leafs.

Go figure.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  Ted would like you to vote for Alex Semin.

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Caps & Wizards Or Wizards & Caps

from Ted Leonsis at WashingtonCapitals.com,

By now you have probably heard the news that my partners and I have completed our purchase of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center and created a new company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment – that owns those entities as well as the Capitals and the Mystics.

You’re likely to see and hear more from me on this news in the coming days – in the media, on my blog (tedstake.com), at the NBA Draft. It’s big news, and something my partners, my family and I are very excited about.

But I’m here to assure you that even if you hear me talking about the Wizards a lot, I haven’t – and never will – overlook the Capitals and our commitment to bring a Stanley Cup to Washington. I will continue to be focused on your well being and happiness.

A few people have asked how I expect to juggle these new responsibilities. I believe I’ve always been someone with great “bandwidth” to cover a variety of interests, including different companies, film projects and, foremost, my family. The Wizards will have a place in those interests, no bigger or smaller than the Caps – just as I don’t choose between my son and my daughter!

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Afternoon Line

We win as an organization. We lose as a unit. We are in it together and we are a tight knit, in-synch group. We have spent many years rebuilding a culture, a system, and a relationship with our affiliates in Hershey and South Carolina while implementing a system that is successful.

We need to tweak, change, and adapt to win and go deeper in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That is a process. It will be painful, but it is one that I am willing to take on, and one that we as a unit are all dedicated to see through.

-Ted Leonsis, Owmer of the Washington Capitals.  More at Ted’s Take.

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Talking Respect

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Until we win a Stanley Cup, we won’t earn true respect from pundits; from on ice officials; from mainstream and Canadian media; from the NHL; and from certain fans.

As I have said many times, ”I get the joke.” And I agree.

We can do tit for tat stat analysis. Dan (Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog) does a great job here and it won’t matter until we join other great teams in saying we are Stanley Cup champions. As a character once said in a great film “THIS is the business that we have chosen. It isn’t personal. It is only business.” Thank you Dan for trying to shed light on our season to date.

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Evening Line

“I could say my goal is to make the playoffs and have the team be profitable,” he told Elliot. “Boring. I could say I want us to win the Stanley Cup. I mean, that’s a great aspiration, that’s on my list. But really, my aspiration is to bring the city closer together. Because as we’re seeing, nothing brings a city closer together than a winning [sports] team.

“And, I want immortality for the players. Once you get your name on the Cup, you’re immortal. They’ll never take that away. And I really want to create bonding memories for mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and families, because that’s how you define yourself….

-Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis.  Much more from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post.

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Afternoon Line

We won over a very dangerous Detroit team 3-2. It was a game that I thought we didn’t deserve to win. But we have reached that point now in our development. We don’t play as well as our capabilities and we can still beat a fantastic opponent. Everyone chips in and we get the two points. We have beaten Philly and Detroit back to back and now we go play Pittsburgh. I don’t ever remember a more competitive three game stretch since we bought the team 11 years ago.

-Washington Owner Ted Leonsis.  A bit more at Ted’s Take.

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Take A Trip To Washington Mr. Kelley

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I am probably one of the most transparent and interactive owners in the league. I embrace the media and the blogosphere. I respect all of the people that cover our great sport. I went to my first hockey game with my father as a birthday gift he gave me in 1961. I still remember that day. I actually did see many of the great old great players play as a child at Madison Square Garden and The Boston Garden. My favorite player was Bobby Orr.

In all of that time and all of those interactions, I honestly can’t ever remember meeting Jim Kelley or seeing him at a Caps game here in DC. If I am incorrect in that statement I apologize in advance.

I would like to invite Jim to a Caps game here in DC where we can meet, discuss and exchange ideas. We can talk about the game and history. He can come and Rock the Red. He can put a human face on the name that he writes about. We certainly didn’t connect or talk about what he was writing in this piece. He certainly didn’t call me to talk or send me an email to discuss.

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Caps Owner Has A Sit-Down With Ovechkin

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We had a short and direct conversation.

Alex isn’t trying to hurt anyone. He has an honest respect for the game and for all players in the league. Alex is trying to “get the puck. I just want what they have and that is the puck.” It is a simple logic. He plays the game the way it was designed. He is just bigger and faster than anyone. Can you name a player in NHL history that has this mix of size, skill, power and speed? I can’t.

Alex does play fast and hard. It is why he is beloved. It is why he is the two-time and reigning MVP of the league.

I believe if he changes and becomes a player that is managed by the media or fans or anyone else, he will put himself at risk. ” To thine own self be true.” That is the right motto to live by. That is what I have advised Alex. Be authentic and be respectful. Play the game with passion. Lean in, don’t lean back. Love the game. Have fun. Win.

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All Ted Leonsis

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Here’s the rest of my chat with Leonsis before the Capitals 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Monday.

Q: You’re so willing to interact with fans. Is that something you did to build a fan base or something that’s just part of your nature?
A: I grew up on the Internet and I don’t think you can use the medium at your convenience. And so what I decided to do from day one is I published my e-mail address. And I do owners’ corners, and then I started my blog and I’m walking around with the fans at games.

Then I turned my blog into Facebook. I’m already at 5,000 fans on Facebook. And I send all my blog posts out automatically as tweets on Twitter, so I try to pride myself on being transparent and honest, both good and bad. And so at least you’ll know that what you’re hearing and seeing from me you can believe. And sometimes people don’t like what I say.

A couple weeks ago I had this big press event at the Washington Times. There was, like, 20 editors and reporters and I showed up and this one managing editor said, ‘Are we waiting for somebody else?’ I said no. He said, ‘It’s just you?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’

They said, ‘No PR people, no entourage?’ I said no. Why do I need those?

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Afternoon Line

We took too many penalties or too many penalties were called. The refs can’t become such a big part of the night. Six penalties in one period and more penalty killing time than playing 5 on 5 time means that our best offensive players aren’t on the ice either. The refs played the best D against our best lines last night!

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis on last night’s loss to the Flyers.  Read more from Ted at Ted’s Take.

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Evening Line

“This is the script- You have a major market. You have transcendent players on both teams. I don’t know if there has ever been a team with three centers as good as Crosby, Malkin and Staal. And this is the most evenly matched series I’ve ever seen in the playoffs. You compare the stars, the lines, the goalies.

“This will go seven games. I don’t know how. But it will.”

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis after today’s game.  More on the Caps/Pens series from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

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Capitals Owner On Game 3 Victory Over The Rangers

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

I thought we played the way we needed to play last night. While aggressive, we weren’t focused on hits for the sake of hitting. We were more focused on scoring and playing tight, frustrating defense. Our penalty kill was very effective and we buried our chances scoring 4 goals. We are a bigger and faster team and if we control the pace of play, we are difficult to shut down for long periods of time. I think our goaltender’s stats are now better than their goaltender’s stats too. Who would have thought that was possible?

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Washington Owner Says Lay Off On The Bad Mouthing

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

So while we have lots of work left to do this season and in the playoffs, let us lay off some of the bad mouthing about this team’s play of late. We have actually been one of the better performing teams and most consistent teams in the NHL this year.

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Proper Pronunciation

via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

I am proud of my last name given to me by my father.

My ancestors are from Sparta. My last name is kind of a derivative of Leonidas, the King of Sparta and of 300 film fame.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is pronounced “Lee - On -  Sis”, Leonsis.

Most intelligent, non-xenophobic and educated people have no issue with its pronunciation.

In case the hockey weekend slipped by you, start here to find out who Ted may be talking to.

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Cherry Takes A Shot At Caps Owner

from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

Cherry had already warmed up the viewing audience earlier in the segment when he jokingly referred to Calgary Flames center Oli Jokinen, a Finn, as a Russian—because after all, it’s impossible to tell those European players apart these days!

Next, in a move that will only reinforce Cherry’s reputation as a xenophobe, he mangled the Caps owner’s last name (“Legonsis”), before questioning his hockey judgment in light of the team’s decision to sign Jaromir Jagr to a long-term contract…

read on...

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Insight From An Owner

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.

Yesterday was different. Why?

To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.

The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts

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Leonsis Talks Caps

from Home Ice XM204,

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis joined Scott Laughlin for his monthly appearance and they talked about the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline, playoff expectations, and Don Cherry’s controversial comments regarding Alexander Ovechkin.

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Winning But Still Losing

via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

...we have grown our payroll and related expenses faster than we have grown our revenues so we will LOSE more money this season than we did last season. And that loss will be way more than $5 million for the year.

But there is good news. We can’t grow our payroll anymore. We are at the cap max basically so any additional revenue growth cuts into the losses. The business model is not fixed but it has improved dramatically with the new CBA for us in DC. Thanks to our fans but we have miles to go before we sleep. I would be celebrating if we lost $5 million this year on our hockey team. That would mean we would have won a Stanley Cup in four 7 game series. grin Even then, I bet our loss would be more than $5 million.

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Caps Attendance Talk

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

We are humbled as the Caps are now ranked as a Top 10 team in the NHL in paid admissions with only Minnesota, Buffalo, Detroit and Philadelphia ahead of us for US -based teams. We are up in paid admissions more than 27 percent year over year. Only Chicago is growing faster than us.

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NHL and Technology

Earlier today, Forechecker pointed to an interview that Sharkspage posted with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.  I wanted to reference the interview here on the main KK Hockey feed as well, just in case anyone missed the earlier post. It’s really a fascinating read for anyone interested in the issues of technology and media as it pertains to the NHL.

Leonsis provides a great deal of detail about how the league does—and will—utilize technology to support its business model. In his words:

“We lifted up [our business enterprise], put the internet underneath, and then slammed it back down so it is the powerplant the pretty much drives everything that we do.”

Read the rest here.

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Duck Eric

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a first for me, in the new give-and-take world of cyberspace sports writing. Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ owner and AOL mover and shaker, took a shot at me in his blog, Ted’s Take.  Leonsis took exception to my views on the ballot-box stuffing controversy in Montreal, in which Canadiens supporters have their six candidates miles ahead of the pack in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game.

What fun! Usually, it’s the other way around – writers critically analyzing the work of owners, general managers and players, mostly done in a vacuum. Turnabout is absolutely fair play - I wish more of them did it. A real dialogue could be a useful tool in ridding the industry of the lame blah-blah-blah that passes for analysis these days, fuelled largely by professional athletes who are coached to say nothing of consequence, for fear of alienating opponents or tarnishing their brilliantly polished images.

continued with many more NHL topics…

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Expecting More From The Capitals

Coach Boudreau?  No.  Owner Ted Leonsis!

We struggle on the power play and with all of our talent, we must be more effective. We pass too much. We don’t shoot the puck and generate enough traffic.

We are not aggressive enough on our forecheck.

We are not making crisp enough outlet passes, D to forwards in transition.

We are not taking the body enough.

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The Right Attitude

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

The last time we were picked this highly and with this much expectation, we didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.

So I think I liked it better when we were underdogs. Now we have the weight of expectations on our shoulders. I am hoping our shoulders are broad enough to carry these heightened expectations. There are so many great teams in the NHL. I would hate to give any team bulletin board fodder as motivation. We must remain hungry and very humble.

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