On Thursday afternoon I was listening to ESPN 980's "The Sports Fix" with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro. After taking questions about how Mike and Kyle Shanahan's handling of Donovan McNabb for the upteenth time, Sheehan teased a review of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis's interview on the team's website after a commercial break saying "you won't believe what Leonsis said."
Upon hearing this I couldn't wait to get home and listen to the interview and hear what Leonsis said that was so unbelievable.
I'm hear to report that Sheehan and Loverro need to stick to what they like talking about the most; the Redskins.
Leonsis simply stated that the he understands the fans anger and frustration with another early playoff exit as he too shares those feelings, but that he, the organization and the fans need to remain patient.
He mentioned how the team got younger last season with Marcus Johannson, John Carlson, Karl Alzner and Michael Neuvirth being brought up from the minors, and how the decision to switch to a more defensive minded system at mid-season was a good move for the organization.
He also stated that the one reaction from fans that has bothered him is the notion that the Capitals window of opportunity is closing.
I'm guessing this is what Sheehan felt was so "unbelievable", and if so it only proves how much Sheehan doesn't know about hockey.
The Capitals core group is still in its mid 20s and will probably stay that way for several more years as several players in the team's farm system expected to be brought up in the next year or two.
All four of the teams that are still playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs have a core that is older and more experienced then the Caps.
Leonsis, George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau have all stated publicly that they are frustrated with the current lack of playoff success and they want to find out why they have been unable to carry the team's regular season success into the playoffs.
Alex Ovechkin has even said he is going to find a new way to train this offseason because he feels the training regimen he has been following isn't properly preparing him for the rigors of the long season.
What else do any of these guys need to say?
The organization knows it has underachieved so far and they need to figure out why. However, local radio hosts like Sheehan insist that stating this is a slap in the face to the fans.
The only slap in the face is fans and media members constantly attacking an organization that has worked so hard to become currently the most competative of the four major franchise's in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.
Radio hosts like Sheehan need to sit back and think about words uttered by George McPhee during HBO's 24/7 series leading up to this past years Winter Classic.
"When you're losing all the experts come out, and the fact of the matter is if any of them knew anything about the game they would be in it."
Well said, George.