...can Caps fans remember a time with as much unabashed optimism as this over the team and its direction? Could Caps fans think of these quotes as being uttered about their team?...
“Alex Ovechkin just called me to say we have a great group of guys. We like to have fun, win and work hard. When he said that, I knew I made the right choice."
-- Jose Theodore, upon being a Cap for barely an hour.
"When I saw things weren't progressing with Cristobal [Huet], I knew there was going to be an opening. So I didn't want to sign too quickly in Denver. This was my first choice."
"I'm so excited to be back you don't even know. I love our team. I love where we're headed."
-- Brooks Laich, after signing his new contract
"Yeah, me and Bruce [Boudreau] have been through quite a bit in the last three years. He wins coach of the year this season and he's only there for three-quarters of the season. It goes to show how good of a coach he is. I didn't want to leave Bruce."
-- Mike Green, on returning to the Caps
"…Our fans can smell it. They suffered for several years, but they know we can be good for a long time. They know our players and have watched them grow up and play better and better. Now the rest of the hockey world knows it."
-- Ted Leonsis
“Sergei Fedorov, who was an unrestricted free agent and thus able to sell his services to the highest bidder, opted to play for the Washington Capitals next season on a comparatively modest one-year, $4-million contract rather than play for higher pay in Russia…Instead, Fedorov will stay in the NHL for at least one more year so he can play with fellow Russians Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov on a young, but emerging Capitals team.”
-- Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail, writing about choices Russian players are making
...thanks to TheGreatOneCSC The Official for turning the light on over my head about this.