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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Aaron Satchel Krucoff

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    At least you have a hometown hockey team to root for . . .

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    What’s with the faces?

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    Richard Fury


    I am a transplanted Philadelphia sports fan in the Balt/DC corridor. With the Flyers all but out any chance for deep playoff runs in recent years, I rooted for Ovie to get his name on the Cup. When Oshie came to town, and with Trotz behind the bench, I thought for sure all of the pieces were in place.


    Obviously, I don’t have the same passion for the Caps as I do the Flyers, but damn! WTF? How does a team with a seemingly good track record of improvement from being one of the NHL’s best, to being elite still look like a 4 or 5 seed in the playoffs season after season?

    Can’t be Ovie. I don’t buy into the notion that professional athletes need their “captain” to show them the way. Ovie is not a finisher like Crosby. Ovie isn’t as dimensional as Crosby or as some other players in the league. He is a sniper, pure and simple. The team already knows this. I don’t think they expect Ovie to carry them on his back to the promised land.

    Can’t be Trotz. Previous coaches have had the same results with this team. Trotz is a damn good coach!

    Has to be the embedded culture in the organization. Failure is in the blood. It is in the air, the concrete and the seats of the Verizon Center. Since you can’t fire the owner, fire the GM and let a new GM shake up the front office and change or blow up the team.

    You know what’s scary? I see the same thing with The Nats. Their window is beginning to close as well. At least the Caps are a much more likeable team than the Nats.

    -Richard F.

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    Edgington Jim

    Ovie isn’t a cancer and can be a very important part of a Stanley Cup champion. BUT he’s Scottie Pippin… not Michael Jorden. He needs to be the second best player on the team. And like Scottie, that’s hard to do.

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    Czabe, heard Slava Malamud interviewed not on 980. He is great on hockey, especially with that Russian accent. You should get him on.


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