A Non-Recap Recap

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Ted Leonsis

The Caps won at home in our next-to-last game of the season by a score of 4-0 against the Blackhawks. See this non-recap recap

In the third period, I looked up at the scoreboard and then noted to my seatmate, "this is weird, I am looking at out of town scores as if it mattered, although I still do want to win all of our games left."

I am most appreciative of our fans and your support, and was very pleased to see a victory last night at home.

Here are clips from around the web on the game. The Caps have 89 standings points and are eight games over 500, as we will fall short of all of our expectations this season. See here, here and here.

Our last game is scheduled for Sunday at 3pm at home.

The pixels of analysis on our team and its personnel are fair and deserved. It comes with the territory.

I do personally look askance though at some unnamed agents or industry insiders who are quoted. For instance - it is true that we and many other teams do not allow agents after the game to come into our locker room to mingle with players and media and staff. We do not grant that access. Some teams do, some teams don't.  We dont. 

That is a long-time policy we implemented; it has been in place for many years and I think it is a good one. We simply ask the agents to mingle and wait for the players in a very nice lounge where family members gather after the game.  The lounge is quite nice - it serves beverages and food and is on the same level as the locker rooms.  Several agents have noted they don't understand the policy as we have opened our locker room to bloggers, and they feel they should be allowed access. This is a cause of friction I now see in articles.

Also, we have had a system set up where by Don Fishman is the main point of contact for managing the cap, and dealing with agents on a day to day and player by player basis as to contracts. Don is our long-term  "Capologist". He is an attorney and this is his main responsibility in our franchise. To empower him, and to foster clear communications, we don't encourage agents to call executives throughout the franchise.  We have created, like many organizations, an easy-to-understand point of contact system. It has been in place for many years. Again, this seems to be an issue with some agents.

We will review our operations starting on Monday as previously noted. We have much work to do. But I did want to comment on these two points above to provide some on-the-record perspective.

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