“I have to give us a failing grade, which is rating harshly. … But we’re past now saying making the playoffs makes for a successful season, and we want to win a Stanley Cup and we haven’t done that.”—Ted Leonsis on the Capitals
“Do I have an issue with it? Probably not. When you’re getting slapped around like that, it’s a response from a frustrated hockey team.”—Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who spoke to the team after they gave up 5 goals in the second period on Friday. The Flyers started a brawl after Joel Ward scored in the third.
Since Juniors, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has worked hard on his game preparation techniques and on-ice demeanor — both topics in the news this week. We dug up these thoughts from Holtby, excerpted from a Sept 21, 2010 interview at the start of his rookie year:
“I have lots of memories with Washington. They gave me the chance to play in the NHL, you know? So this was a special team for me. I have lots of friends there. I played with great players there, especially the Russian players — Fedorov, Semin, Ovechkin, Kozlov — I mean, that was a great time for me, and I’m so excited to be coming back and to play in the Verizon Center.”—Varly to Dater after the Avs win over Boston on 8/10/2013 (via varlysuperfan)
“… Someone like David Steckel, who has had a combined cap hit of just over $4.5M total over the past five seasons, has almost earned about half his salary with his faceoff victories alone. Of course, Steckel does far more than win face-offs, he also kills 43.5% of his team’s penalties, and is among the top 30 forwards in the difficulty of the minutes he plays at even-strength. He is without question one of the league’s most undervalued players.”—
We’re documenting Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner’s 2013-2014 season for our Hockey Diaries series… and tracking his 2008-2009 rookie year season in parallel on twitter (@karlsrookieyear). Alzner kept an audio diary throughout his rookie year. This is his entry from Sept 24, 2009 — his twentieth birthday.