Category Archives: Ted Leonsis

Wishing for a Special Forces Mindset

Big news — the Red Wings are out of the playoffs, prematurely. Prematurely for them of course is anything short of securing the Cup. The seasons change, some faces change, the objective though for the Wings ever remains the same. … Continue reading

Posted in detroit red wings, Front Office, George McPhee, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 15 Comments

A Vexing Query of Leadership

The Capitals may or may not have a deficit of leadership on the ice and in the room with this roster, but dogging them most in the initial hours and days of yet another postseason far too early arrived at … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, George McPhee, Greg Wyshynski, Media, New media, NHL playoffs, Print, Radio, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Tim Leone, Washington Capitals | 19 Comments

Referendum Hockey Is Here

We are going to learn a great deal about the DNA of the Washington Capitals over the next 36 hours. Immediately before them is an enormous if suddenly unexpected task: attempting to gain, on the road, viability in a series … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau, Calder Cup, Hershey Bears, Jason Arnott, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Nicklas Backstrom, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

Memo to the Revisionists: It Was a Tale of Two Seasons

How will you remember the 2010-11 Capitals’ regular season? I ask because at least one prominent person in town – the team owner — thinks that to date I’ve judged his team too harshly on the campaign. My critique began near the end of last summer, when I observed management execute a largely passive approach to roster improvement in the offseason, while East rivals Pittsburgh and Philly aggressively improved. Not that I’m a throw-mad-money-at-free-agents kind of guy; never have been, never will be. But if you’ve just been vanquished in round one, as the Caps were last April, and you sit on your hands all summer, rest assured your conference peers will gain ground on you.

Through about 50 games into 2010-11, there was plenty of ground-gaining, you’ll recall. For instance: the Caps, having won the Southeast division title just a year ago by 40 points, trailed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast in late February. That’s ground-gaining alright. And it’s not as if Tampa in the offseason acquired Bobby Orr and Mr. Hockey in their prime. Continue reading

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Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Front Office, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Scott Hannan, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 16 Comments

An Exchange with the Red Wings Blogosphere

In the interest of hockey, making fun of ourselves, and just promoting good diplomatic relations up north, OFB was pretty stoked when one of Detroit’s hockey blogs, The Production Line, reached out last week and suggested doing a Q&A between … Continue reading

Posted in Braden Holtby, Bruce Boudreau, detroit red wings, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic, Winter Classic 2011 | 4 Comments

Taking a Wrecking Ball to Capitals Country Club (Part II)

Back in January 2010, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, speaking of his team’s American League affiliate in Hershey, told the Patriot News (Pa.), “The excellence with which that organization is run washes up on us.” Umm . . . not . … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, George McPhee, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Ted Leonsis, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 10 Comments

Time for a Change in Culture

This morning I am trying to imagine the slogan of resolve and defiance and unity Capitals’ players will brandish on team-issued t-shirts at the start of training camp in September. They are quite good at looking tough and determined, via … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, George McPhee, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Ted Leonsis, The Red Army, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 26 Comments

The Best Friend a Hockey Blogger Could Have

Being on the new media beat for hockey here the past five years has meant exchanging warm hellos to others with an extraordinary passion for our great game during the long calendar of the hockey year, and above everything else … Continue reading

Posted in hockey blogging, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Nate Ewell, National Hockey League, New media, OFB, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 7 Comments

The Ruinous Redskins Owner Now Seeks To Silence Free Speech

It’s hard to fathom the possibility that Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder could manufacture an even lower regard for himself in Washington these days, but he’s managed to do it: yesterday he had lawyers file a lawsuit against the parent company … Continue reading

Posted in Dan Synder, Dave McKenna, Media, New media, Print, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington City Paper, Washington Post, Washington Redskins, Washington the would-be sports town | 11 Comments

The View from Hostility’s Hotseat

The few (very), the proud, the *very* brave — Caps’ fans attending a game in Philadelphia against the Flyers . . . while wearing their heroes’ colors. Yes, they exist. Tuesday night I saw them, spoke with them, and most … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Conference, Hockey Heroes, Hockey roadtrips, National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers, Ted Leonsis, The Red Army, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 30 Comments