One Man Team


According to this Washington Post article, in order for the Capitals to make a run for a Stanley Cup, the coach and GM “want more from their prodigy [Ovechkin] — much more, in fact.” Specifically, they are interested in improving his defensive skills. Hello, McFly?

If it wasn’t for Ovechkin you wouldn’t have much offense, and attendance would drop into the dismal range. What a load of crap, one man does not a team make! What the Caps really need to do is increase their budget and improve scouting for quality players. Sure working hard with existing players, especially the younger ones, and beefing up the defense is important, but you’re not going to make it to the finals resting all your hopes on one guy.

Some fans are even calling for heads to roll at the top, specifically said GM (George McPhee) and coach (Glen Hanlon).

The first, and I believe only, time the Capitals made it to the finals was in 1997-98, only to be swept 4-0 by the Red Wings. They could take some cues from the Wings and other successful teams on how to build rosters and coach players.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tiffany (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    In, I guess, the late 80s, the joke in Pittsburgh was that Mario Lemieux’s back problems were caused by having to carry the whole team on his back all the time.

  2. WFY (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    The joke I heard was that instead of smoking and having a cheeseburger and fries for lunch, Mario would just have a cheeseburger.

    Anyway, based on my interview with Ted Leonsis, I don’t think the Caps are building a one-man team.

    Also, I don’t think this story is too big a deal. I think it might serve to prod other players who may realize that if Ovechkin needs to work harder, they do too.

  3. Doug (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    William makes a good point (the last one), but I still say the team could use some additional high caliber players, particularly on defense.

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