After 43 long years, the Washington Capitals have finally won the Stanley Cup. I compiled some of the many Freezing Cold Takes about the Capitals from the past few years. Enjoy.
Years of failure and disappointing playoff losses left people wondering if the Capitals would ever win the Cup, including former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (via SBNation):
Some more fun takes:
If this series did anything, it reaffirmed what I had accepted after 2013: The Capitals will never win the Stanley Cup.
— Jace Evans (@JaceTEvans) May 14, 2015
The Washington Capitals will never, ever win a Stanley Cup.
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) May 11, 2016
This is why the Capitals will never win a cup.
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) February 10, 2017
The way the Capitals ended that period with 2 unnecessary penalties in 6 seconds is why they'll never win a cup. Loser Hockey in big spots.
— Shaun Morash (@MrazCBS) April 20, 2017
Caps gonna Cap. #StanleyCupPlayoffs2018
— Wray Perkin (@WrayPerkin) May 18, 2018
Meanwhile, in the NHL…Caps gonna Cap.
— Keith Schweigert (@K_Schweigert) April 27, 2018
Caps gonna Cap. https://t.co/MZ3VYCWAy2
— House (@HousefromDC) April 16, 2018
Caps gonna Cap.
— Jory Rand (@ABC7Jory) April 16, 2018
Caps gonna Cap.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 16, 2018
Here are The Sports Junkies of 106.7 The Fan in Washington back in April after the Capitals went down 2-0 in their first round playoff series against Columbus:
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) June 8, 2018
Also, long time D.C area sports radio personality Steve Czaban tweeted this after the Caps lost Game 2 to the Blue Jackets:
Peak Caps. Have a wonderful night….. pic.twitter.com/KsUJikUzT0
— Steve Czaban (@czabe) April 16, 2018
For Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin, hoisting a Stanley Cup was a long time coming. The Russian legend, who played his first game with the Capitals in 2005, has notched over 600 goals and three Hart Trophies but, until last night, had never won a Stanley Cup.
Throughout his career, and especially during the past five years, Ovechkin has faced a significant amount of scrutiny. Some speculated that he would never win a Stanley Cup, others suggested he should be traded. Here’s a few examples:
I had Columbus in 7, the Caps are perennial chokers and Ovi will never win a cup. https://t.co/yW1QPiAQko
— XLD: LeighDrogenCoin (@LDrogen) April 13, 2018
Lol Alex Ovechkin is never going to win a Stanely Cup.
— Phil Nolan (@nilpholan) May 13, 2012
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) June 9, 2016
Ovechkin will also never touch a Stanley Cup. https://t.co/hcfJnacynn
— Active Stick (@oak_leafs) April 20, 2017
Just another reminder that Alex Ovechkin will never win a Stanley Cup as long as he's a Capital.
— Julian Council (@JulianCouncil) June 12, 2017
Ovi's never winning the cup im sorry I said it
— Jared (@JxredNHL) April 30, 2017
Ovi is trash. Plays like that is why he will never raise the cup imo
— BPAWS (@BARESTEP) May 2, 2017
— Derek Kaufman (@DerekKaufman13) May 11, 2017
Will Ovechkin ever win the Stanley Cup?
— Brian Sandalow (@BrianSandalow) May 11, 2017
Guess Alex Ovechkin is never going to get that Cup huh
— Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylolz) May 11, 2017
54. The Caps will never win a cup with Ovi
— Christine Rousselle 💁🏻♀️ (@crousselle) October 21, 2017
The Capitals will never win a Stanley Cup but I’ll give them credit for leading the NHL in bullshit excuses for headshots.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 2, 2018
Let’s not forget some of the many fans who were in on the Ovechkin bashing:
Russian journalist Slava Malamud went in Ovechkin after the Capitals’ Game 7 loss to Penguins in the second round of the playoffs last year:
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) June 8, 2018
Also, after last year’s playoff exit, many wrote that Washington should trade Ovechkin. The list includes Charles Curtis of USA TODAY’s For The Win.
Curtis wrote, on May 11, 2017:
“The reason to trade Ovechkin is not because he’s lost a step or because he’s a malcontent. No, it’s because it would be a favor to the forward, who is fast becoming one of the greatest NHL players not to even sniff at a Stanley Cup, and the move that might be necessary for the Capitals to get a fresh start, too.”
NBC’s Mike Milbury seems to have felt the same way:
Mike Milbury said Alex Ovechkin was directly involved in the two Caps goals against, called him "lazy" AND insinuated WSH trade him pic.twitter.com/rAVe4llHK2
— Mary Clarke (@marycclarke) May 11, 2017
Also last May, before the Capitals even lost the series to Pittsburgh, John Feinstein told The Sports Junkies that if the Caps lost, they should trade Ovechkin. Feinstein said, via Washington.CBSlocal.com:
“I’m gonna say something here that’s probably going to get Caps fans screaming that I know nothing about hockey, the way they like to do,” John Feinstein prefaced to The Sports Junkies on Friday.
“If they lose this series, and I still think it’s an ‘if’… let’s say they do lose this series,” he said. “I think they should trade Ovechkin.”
“I know that sounds insane, but he’s tradable because he’s only 31,” he continued. “He’s still a hell of a player. You could get a lot in return for him. At some point — you know, I don’t want to hear any stats — the best player has to take responsibility. And, by the way, he did the other night. I mean, he called himself out.
“I think he’s a good guy, but at some point you have to stop. You know, the old definition of ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It’s in their heads. The only way to get it out of your head, obviously, is to beat the Penguins and go and and win the Stanley Cup. That doesn’t appear likely right now.”
In 2014, Hockey News’ Adam Proteau wrote this article, describing how, if Ovechkin left the NHL to play in Russia, it would be a blessing in disguise for the Capitals.
An excerpt from the piece:
“So now when you wonder if Ovechkin could actually leave the NHL for the KHL, the question doesn’t seem far-fetched at all. Increasingly, it’s near-fetched. And to this writer, it seems like the best solution for the star and the Capitals.”
VEGAS WILL WIN THE CUP
Let’s not forget the folks who thought the expansion Vegas Golden Knights would win the Cup…
Official prediction: Knights in 5 @OldTakesExposed
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 29, 2018
Vegas is going to win the Stanley Cup. Makes for unreal story and so exciting. Makes me feel for great fans in Buffalo who have never won one. I hope it comes sooner rather than later for that fan base
— Matthew Barnaby (@MattBarnaby3636) May 29, 2018
it's genuinely funny that the Vegas Knights are absolutely going to win the Stanley cup
— kieran delamont (@k_delamont) May 29, 2018
I for one would like to congratulate the Las Vegas Knights for winning the Stanley Cup in 4 games.
— Christian Martinez (@ChristianM_CA) May 24, 2018
(Top Image via Washington Capitals Official Twitter Feed)
Fred Segal is an attorney from West Palm Beach, FL. He operates the popular Freezing Cold Takes twitter account (@OldTakesExposed) which highlights, among other things, hilarious unprophetic and inaccurate takes and predictions.