Category Archives: Olaf Kolzig

Washington Capitals in the Wayback Machine?

Watching tonight’s Washington Capitals game, as well as their recent victory over Boston, felt eerily familiar. The Caps’ roster was relatively devoid of superstars, they fought hard, beat a better team (vs. Boston) and lost a close one to a divisional rival tonight.

Without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green, this Capitals team is surprisingly similar to the Capitals of almost a decade ago… a hard-charging team that delighted and sometimes frustrated its fans.

How so, you ask? Read on… and while these comparisons are far from perfect, consider them food for thought: Continue reading

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Kolzig Returns to Caps

Per the Washington Captials press release: ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired former Capital Olie Kolzig as associate goaltender coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Dave Prior will return to his role as director … Continue reading

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Back on the Air Today, Back in Our Town Saturday

A highpoint of this Saturday’s second Capitals Fan Convention will be the return of Olie Kolzig. This morning #37 appeared on DC-101 with Elliot Segal, and was deeply reflective about his career and especially about how it ended. Key reflections: … Continue reading

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A Cursed Franchise? Obviously

Some 58 percent of OFB readers believe that a Postseason Curse plagues the Washington Capitals. A bit fatalistic, isn’t it? And yet, the eras change, the uniforms get redesigned, a wise blueprint for competitive durability is adopted, a franchise-altering Dynamo-hero arrives to … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dale Hunter, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals | 27 Comments

Fun with Video on a Rainy Weekend

If ever there was a Blockbuster/NetFlix video weekend, it’s this one in D.C. — maybe five inches of rain Noah’s Ark-ing us across the region. Fortunately, hockey has no shortage of video material to amuse us by. Just this week, … Continue reading

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The End of an Era: Kolzig Quits

After a long and storied career, Olie Kolzig retired today. Continue reading

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Kolzig Done?

Lightning backup Olie Kolzig will have surgery on Saturday to repair a ruptured distal biceps tendon in his left forearm. Continue reading

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A Blanket For the Bolt

If you’ve never heard of Ravelry, you’re obviously not a knitter.  The site is an online community for lovers of all things yarn, and as such, attracts knitters and crocheters with common interests.  A common interest for forty-five Ravelry members … Continue reading

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A Former Talking Head Talks Tough After a Tough Loss

There were columns in yesterday’s local papers about Olie. (Largely uninteresting.) Last night there was a packed Verizon Center press box, many there who normally wouldn’t be, to chronicle the homecoming. But by 8:30 last night I’d had my fill … Continue reading

Posted in Former Coaches & Players, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Olaf Kolzig, Print, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 5 Comments

Knee-Jerks & Notes – Tampa Bay, 11/10

It’s been a while since we had some good ol’ Knee Jerks for a game, and between pucksandbooks and myself, we should be able to get at least one nugget of interest out there.  Or not. Big crowd tonight, both … Continue reading

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