Season Previews: Washington Capitals



Another excruciatingly long summer is over. Actual hockey games are on the horizon. Because this is the 265th most widely read hockey blog on the internets, MYFO felt a deep obligation to our dozens of readers to prepare this series of previews telling you about every single team in the NHL. By “prepare” we mean, we found other people to write many of them for us. We were looking for people who (unlike us) might have an actual clue about these teams, but were also eager/willing/dumb/not self-respecting enough to work for free. Within those constraints, we think we did an admirable job.

Today’s preview of YOUR Washington Capitals is brought to you by frequent MYFO commenter and liveblog fan favorite Caps Red Army.

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Uncle Ted Goes Hunting: Canadian Safari

Uncle Ted: My first (sort of) big-game hunt! How thrilling! After my first, successful foray into shooting down sports media people who shortchange me or my club, it’s time for something a little bigger, wouldn’t you say?

Boyd Gordon: Whatever you say, boss. But could you quit swinging that thing around? You’re making me a little nervous. Continue reading

Stop Copying Me!

Uncle Ted

“Uncle” Ted Leonsis has always been an innovator. When he first acquired a controlling interest in the Washington Capitals, one of the first things he did was to re-vamp the game presentation. Now, you can’t go to a hockey arena without music, graphics, and video presentations galore.

The rest of the NHL is taking another page from Uncle Ted’s playbook this summer–plucking coaches from the minor and/or junior ranks and throwing them into the NHL fire. Continue reading

Mike Milbury is Good with the Talking

Hi.  My name is Mike Milbury, and I’m currently a broadcast analyst for an array of stations carrying the NHL Playoffs.  I’d like to use this forum to apologize regarding some comments I may have made during Sunday’s telecast of the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals on NBC. 

I don’t think the Washington hockey team is the “Crapitals.”

It was a slip of the tongue, and in no way did I wish to infer that the Captials are a crappy hockey team.  I have contacted Ted Leonsis, and he understands that my comments were unintentional.  To make up my verbal infraction, I promised that should I ever be given another General Manager position, I will promptly trade two 1st-round draft picks in the upcoming draft in exchange for a tasty sandwich of his choosing.

Ted, if you’re reading this: I love me some Reuben.

Now that I have that piece of business out of the way, I’d like to offer an exclusive take on the series in question just for MYFO Nation. 

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