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The State Of The Caps

from Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals,

Another season has come to an end long before we would have liked, but we remain committed to improvement and patience in our plans to rebuild our franchise. The final standings show that we amassed the same number of points in 2006-07 as the prior season. And while that is true, this year’s team was better in many areas, and we demonstrated continued growth and improvement.
The power-play and the penalty-killing units both showed slight gains. We scored more goals and gave up fewer. We realize that more improvement is needed, and we will be directing our attention in that area during the summer. In the next several months we will be focused on doing what is necessary to achieve even greater strides for the 2007-08 season.

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Caps Leave It In The Locker Room

from the Washington Post,

Alexander Semin’s peculiar penalty, the tense postgame meeting, Alex Ovechkin’s tantrum—it was all left behind in the visitors’ locker room in Tampa, Washington Capitals veteran Olie Kolzig said yesterday.
“What needed to be said was said on Saturday,” Kolzig said after a spirited practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “That’s it. Everyone came here with a great outlook, and we had a great practice. It’s water under the bridge.”

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Stormy Meeting

After last night’s Caps game…
from the Washington Post,

Afterward the players met for about 15 minutes behind closed doors. Although no one would divulge exactly what was said, when the meeting ended, all-star left wing Alex Ovechkin emerged from the locker room and smashed his stick repeatedly against the wall and a trash can until it broke into four pieces, according to those who witnessed the episode. Ovechkin’s iPod and headphones also were destroyed, crumpled in the hallway.
Ovechkin and Semin, who are close friends and who were linemates on Saturday, left without speaking to the media. Asked why he thought Ovechkin was so angry, Kolzig said: “I’m sure he’s probably frustrated with what happened and in the meeting. And that’s really all I’m going to say. It wasn’t targeted at Ovie. He’s obviously our guy. But it was something he didn’t want to hear.”

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added 4:56pm, You can follow-up on any more news from the meeting at Capitals Insider...

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AO Has Confidence In Caps

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

His numbers are down a bit, his team won’t make the playoffs and the rival he’ll likely spend his entire career being compared to has risen to greater heights. So why is it that nothing seems to be bothering Alexander Ovechkin these days?
“You know it’s been tough because we didn’t win, but it happens,” said the young Washington Capitals superstar. “We didn’t have much luck, but I think we’re going to move forward. I’m happy about that.”

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Kolzig Has A Dream

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“You have dreams as a father of one day taking your child on the ice with you, or playing golf,” Kolzig said. “Then you find out your child has autism and those dreams are dashed.
“I’m going to get my son on a golf course. I’m going to get my son playing hockey.”
With a strong body of famous athletes and plenty of resolve, AAA continues to grow, speaking with a clear, passionate voice that’s increasingly being heard by decision-makers.

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“My Gums Hurt”

Alex Ovetjkin finds a unique interview with Donald Brashear,

DUBINA : Is it true that Joey Kocur had a punch of horrendous blow force? Have you ever fought him?
A. Yes, once I had a scrap with Joey. I tried to stand for him, but he was punching and punching me. Kocur was hitting me in the helmet like a power hammer and in the end the helmet split! I remember the next day I had a terrible pain, my gums on the left side of my head were hurting even though he was hitting me on the right side of my face. I couldn’t chew anything. I wonder what it would be if I did not have a helmet? Too scary.

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AO Stands Out

from Jody Vance at Slam,

Prior to being swarmed by the media throng Tuesday, my Leafs TV gig afforded me an exclusive one-on-one with Alex Ovechkin.
This was certainly an interview I won’t soon forget.
Ovechkin is a presence even in an empty NHL visitors’ dressing room: Young, yet with eyes filled with the wisdom that comes from having shouldered so much pressure in his 21 years.
We go right to the flashy yellow laces and tell-tale tinted visor on his No. 8 helmet resting on the shelf above. Fashion statements, he says, “Laces to not be like others—same with visor—I do not want to be same as everyone. To stand out.”

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AO- We Have To Sign Good Players

from the Toronto Sun,

As a result, Ovechkin said yesterday he would like to see Capitals management augment the team’s talent base through free agency over the summer.
“We have to sign good players and I hope we do,” he said yesterday. “I want to play on a good team.
“Don’t get me wrong. We have good guys in this dressing room and we have a lot of fun. But the team has to get better.”

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Leonsis Remains Patient

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

“We couldn’t overcome our injuries [and] lack of depth,” Leonsis said in an e-mail interview. “And we left way too many points on the table with our lack of success in the shootouts. But I am not disappointed with our rebuild. Personally—while very competitive in nature—I knew what I signed up for. I’m patient and plan to see it through its full course.”...
“Payroll will be increased,” Leonsis said, “as will financial losses. We will fill holes, and add depth and skill, some additional veteran leadership….”

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