The level-headed, long view, one game at a time rational approach to following the 82 game Washington Capitals regular season schedule is half way to the street after exiting via the window. Alex Ovechkin shows up on America soil in what is reported as the best shape ever, pot belly rumors be dammed. Nicklas Backstrom spent the off-season training with a world-class speed skater in his native Sweden. Caps GM George McPhee picked up veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun in a deal that can only be had during the last hour the neighbor’s yard Sale and there’s been a steady stream of early arrivals to a training camp being touted like it should be on hosted on Parris Island …why shouldn’t I be excited?
I know, I know, last week’s measured expectations based on past playoff performance. Another year with stunned silence at the last game of the playoffs serving as the tip-off to start planning beach time, I know…
This happens to me after nearly every Labor Day and this year is no different. The nay saying is pushed aside; the countdown to game 1 is in full anticipation mode that this could be the next year we’ve been waiting for.
- Washington Capitals: 5 Caps Players with Something to Prove in 2011/2012 (bleacherreport.com)