Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

It’s been almost four full days since I attended the premature end of the Washington Capitals season.  When I think about it, I still get that sinking feeling in my stomach.  2010 was a year in which the caps racked up wins, goals, points, accolades, and awards.  The problem is there is only one real goal in the world of professional sports, in this case Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Was 2010 a successful season for the Caps?  I honestly don’t know how to answer that question.  When you are up 3 games to 1 in a best of 7 series, you can’t lose.  The Caps were lucky to split the first two games, and then went on to win games 3 and 4 in Montreal.  That should have been the series. Instead the scrappy Canadians won 3 straight games, and sent us to the off season.

Fans in Washington DC had never had expectations like this for the hockey team that came here in 1974.  This year we were the team that had home ice throughout, we were the team with so much offense that the opponent didn’t matter.  2010 was supposed to be the year that Alex Ovechkin got to hold the cup high over his head.  The fans that sold out every single game at the Verizon Center were going to be rewarded by at the very least a deep play-off run.  That didn’t happen, so now what?

Does this team need to make major changes?  I think we all need to try to take a step back, and try to not let this incredible disappointment cloud our judgment.  This is still a very young, exciting team that would almost surely still be playing if not for Montreal falling right into the 8 spot on the last day of the regular season.  That being said you can’t move ahead without any changes at all.

The unrestricted free agents that had any type of impact this year are Brendan Morrison, Scott Walker, Milan Jurcina, Joe Corvo, Shaone Morrison, Eric Belanger, and Jose Theodore.  In my opinion they will all be gone with the possible exception of Shaone Morrison and Belanger.  The spot where I would make the biggest change is with super skilled Russian winger Alexander Semin.  Semin only has a one year contract, and let’s be honest, his no show act two straight years in the play-offs can’t make upper management very happy.  I would be actively trying to trade Semin, who at times looks like the most skilled guy in the league.  The problem is at other times (like the play-offs) he looks like he cares about as much as I do when it comes to gardening.  If I could get a big center or strong defender for Semin I would do it in a heartbeat.  After glancing at other unrestricted free agents two names jumped out at me; Scott Niedermayer and Andy Sutton.  I think if the Caps could land one of these two defensive stoppers to add muscle, experience, and help mentor young studs John Carlson and Karl Alzner, they would be poised to take the next step.

Speculating on off season moves is pretty silly in any sport, especially the NHL.  It’s how we as fans begin to get past what just happened, and begin to look forward to the upcoming season.  I know that no matter how frustrating this past series was, or how depressing the walk to the car after the game was, the future for the Capitals is still bright.  Ovie and Backstrom will be around for a long time, and barring a total implosion the Caps should enter the play-offs no lower than a three seed for the foreseeable future.  I’m going to try to move on now, realizing that the glass is still half full.


~ by tuben4 on May 2, 2010.

One Response to “Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?”

  1. They need a good all-purpose center iceman with complete command of the red-line/blue-line continuum. As for the playoffs, they could not contend with the ghost of Jacques Plante and his creepy mask.

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