I’ve said my peace about this week’s trade, but I feel compelled to bring to our readers’ attention some additional commentary from one of the indisputably elite talents in the Washington sports blogging community, Homer McFanboy. This resonance of sentiment is important to this blogger partially because it represents a vantage representative of a wide (majority) swath of the Caps’ fanbase, but also because it is one necessarily not articulated by Big (gutless) Media covering the team.
(Caveat: If we include radio under the umbrella of Big Media, we exempt 106.7 the Fan’s Sky Kerstein, who yesterday morning went on air with the Junkies and said, in effect, ‘This deal doesn’t close the [gaping] gap between the Caps and the East’s elite, and therefore I don’t understand it.’)
This morning Homer is quite right I think in suggesting that a majority of hockey fans here are distressed over the deal, and his trade assessment — ‘Why Are Caps Fans So Opposed to the Martin Erat Deal?‘ — goes to the very heart of the collective angst: “I truly believe the primary reason so many Caps fans were aghast over the trade is because of what Forsberg represented — hope.” Matters footspeed don’t really matter in this context; rather, a fanbase exceedingly patient — and ever generous of wallet — armied through the turnstiles night after night this winter hopeful for the present but also understandably excited about the just-around-the-corner future. Less so, necessarily, now.
Homer picks up on the paramount context for viewing this deal that I articulated yesterday — that in all likelihood, the window of legitimate Cup contention for the initially rebuilt Caps has passed, rendering George McPhee’s Wednesday dealmaking a fool’s errand.
Homer’s spirited and principled assessment caught the attention of former Caps’ Washington Post beat reporter Jason La Canfora. La Canfora has at times this hockey season articulated his own disgust with Capitals’ management, via his Twitter account. He renewed it there this morning.