The Caps Didn’t Cap: A Collection of Capitals Cold Takes

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.

GENERAL SKEPTICISM

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:

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:

Also, long time D.C area sports radio personality Steve Czaban tweeted this after the Caps lost Game 2 to the Blue Jackets:

ALEXANDER OVECHKIN

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:

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:

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:

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…

(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. 

You can follow Freezing Cold Takes on Facebook here, and Instagram here (username: freezingcoldtakes).

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