Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A Capital Failure

The Capitals Stanley Cup run came to an abrupt end tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning just walked all over the Caps, winning the Eastern Conference semi-final series 4 games to 0.

For those long time Caps fans who are keeping score, this is the second time the Caps and Lightning have met in the playoffs. Tonight's win by the Lightning makes eight straight playoff games they have won over the Capitals since the Caps took a 2 games to 0 lead in the 2003 playoffs.

Several changes need to be addressed this off-season. FWIW, I'll throw in mine and the fifteen or so people who check in here can weigh in.

One is head coach. Bruce Boudreau is a nice guy, worked hard to get to the NHL but this team has not progressed in the four seasons under Boudreau. With no advancement past the second round, it's time for a new voice.

General Manager George McPhee. He's made some good trades and some bad ones during his time here. He did a nice job at the deadline this year acquiring Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm and Dennis Wideman. But he's been here 14 years now and his teams have not won the Stanley Cup. Time for new blood and a new GM. Part of the reason why Tampa Bay was so successful was they brought in former Detroit Red Wing Captain Steve Yzerman, who won three Stanley Cups as a player and another as a member of the front office. He knows what it takes to win.

The Captain Alex Ovechkin. I just don't think he has what it takes to be an on ice, in your face leader. Fantastic, talented and fun to watch player but I think being the team captain has hindered him. Time to take the C off his jersey and hand it over to a long time vet like Mike Knuble or Brooks Laich.

Sure, Caps Owner Ted Leonsis will hang yet another Southeast Division Champions banner like the collection the Caps have amassed in the above picture. Maybe us fans are spoiled, I don't know, but this Fall I hope the Caps just raise the damn thing before opening night without ceremony. No one really cares how many division titles you've won. All that matters is the Stanley Cup.

Something this franchise year after year fails to deliver.

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