Leading by New Example

Chris Clark - Photo from WashingtonCaps.comThe captain of a hockey club obviously leads his teammates on the ice and in the dressing room, but his†influence can extend†outside an organization as well. During this afternoon’s Caps’ conference call to announce Chris Clark’s contract extension, one that will keep him in D.C. through 2010-11, two things were readily†apparent: (1) this captain feels very much at home in Washington — “I love the area,” he said; and (2) the moves Caps’ management has made in the first half of the offseason played a determinative role in Clark’s foregoing free agency next summer.
“We got what we needed,” he told†conference call participants, alluding to the team’s free agent acquisitions. “I wanted to be a part of it, [of] where we’re headed.”
I especially liked this: “We’re not a rebuilding team anymore.” †††
Earlier this offseason I wrote that we in D.C. were beginning to see a change not just in team logos and colors and roster names but in something more important: the Caps as less the†perceived spinster seated in the dark at the dance and more the†coveted cutiepie. (Kevin Lowe, for instance, might be more inclined to believe†this this summer.)††
The 30-goal captain in the prime of his career was one year away from virtual Brinks Truck riches. He’ll be very well paid as a hockey player here the next four years, but what was most important to him at this point in his career was remaining a Cap. †

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4 Responses to Leading by New Example

  1. usiel says:

    Great to have Clark locked up before the season starts. Would be a nice pre-emptive strike to resign AO/Semin to extensions right now.

  2. strungout says:

    Awesome resigning and love getting this out of the way prior to the season starting.
    Mafki deserves much praise this off season. Still has more to do…but so far so good for GMGM.

  3. Andrew says:

    I hope others follow the example of the captain in terms of making a committment to the team and perhaps a few dollars less than the open market could claim months later.

  4. sk84fun says:

    Thanks for relaying the comments from the press conf. Nice to hear. Great news today to hear about the extension.
    Here are my notes about the trade in 05!!!
    To Washington:
    Chris Clark
    07 pick (7th rd) #199, Andrew Glass
    To Calgary:
    06 (7th rd) #187, Devin Didiomete
    07 pick (6th rd) 155, which was used by Colorado (a post on hfboards noted: Colorado traded 5/143 (Mickey Renaud) to Calgary for 6/155 (Jens Hellgren) and 6/169 (Radim Ostrcil)

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