Off to the Golf Course: Caps Breakdown Day in Photos

Breakdown Day (6 of 12)

NHL plus-minus spokesman and hair model Alex Ovechkin speaks for the final time this year. (Photos by Chris Gordon)

Monday was an odd day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. We entered the day expecting to Adam Oates and George McPhee shed some light of their respective fates — or at least try to defend their time here.

Instead, we got an awkward stand-off with reporters. Within minutes of a spokesman announcing that McPhee would not be meeting the media, the general manager walked out to an area clearly visible to reporters. He chose to hold court with Connor Carrick in front of the entire Capitals press corps before reiterating that he would not speak today.

McPhee’s job — if he doesn’t leave of his own volition — is now in the hands Caps owner Ted Leonsis, who has never fired a general manager.

There were, however, other things that happened at Kettler on Monday: Jay Beagle got asked what he thought of Jay Beagle centering Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Penner ignored reporters to play with his phone, and Brooks Laich said that he really, really, really believes he’s healthy again.

Below, take a look at some of my photos from the day.

Breakdown Day (1 of 12)

Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski files a story from the floor.

Breakdown Day (2 of 12)

Braden Holtby talks about his struggles, needs a haircut.

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Sick nonverbal action from Brooks Laich.

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Artsy Ovi.

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Big surprise, but Ovi just happens to be wearing a Nike shirt.

Breakdown Day (7 of 12)

On the right: beach bum Connor Carrick.

Breakdown Day (8 of 12)

Mike Green, looking very urban chic.

Breakdown Day (9 of 12)

Adam Oates speaks the media for perhaps the final time.

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He doesn’t seem worried.

Breakdown Day (12 of 12)

Okay, maybe he seems worried.

McPheeCarrick (2 of 3)

Not awkward at all.

  • Anthony Elworthy/scrubversive

    Jeans and sandals, Carrick must have taken some lessons on that CA road trip. A man after my own heart.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Was gonna say – that’s a So Cal thing for sure. I have an EXTENSIVE collection of flip flops. probably 30 pairs at least. And I don’t generally hang at the beach.

  • Diller M

    trade him to the kings or ducks for a case of Zima and a used zamboni

  • Rob W.

    I dont know what bothers me more, Mike Green’s face or the way GMGM holds his soda

  • capsfanforlife

    A broken rib cage and a crappy season obviously hasn’t affected Greenie. Fashion game strong as always, as well as the hair.

  • A_Shoe

    And maybe Drew Doughty? Please?

  • Simonezero

    Braden Holtby does not need a haircut. He needs to undo the last haircut. Thanks.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    “Within minutes of a spokesman announcing that McPhee would not be meeting the media, the general manager walked out to an area clearly visible to reporters.”

  • Bilal

    Carrick isn’t bad at all. Its just that he should have stayed in hershey for another year or two. I haven’t given up on him, he’s still very young.

  • Paul Crist

    Can you guys do a piece on the players who will be going down to Hershey now? With 2 big games against Norfolk this week a talent/energy injection will be HUGE.

  • yv

    Is it Nike’ World Cup t-shirt? Looking cool. Biggest event on Earth coming. Sorry Stanley Cup, Olympics, Super Bowl…

  • themav80

    “Braden Holtby … needs a haircut.”

    Bite your tongue, sir!
    (or fingers or whatever)

  • themav80

    Standard spring/summer attire for me in the southeast.

  • GregV

    Totally took the wrong door out of the vending machine room. Or maybe he’s just a tease?

  • JenniferH

    Braden Holtby does not need a haircut. — That was EXACTLY what I said when I read that caption and EXACTLY what I came here to type. Thank you for doing so for me.

  • JenniferH

    I know I should concentrate on things of importance but I can’t get over the fact that anyone with sense in their brain actually suggested that Braden Holtby needs to get a haircut. Wait… what am I saying? that is a thing of UTMOST importance. It was said earlier, but must be repeated. Braden Holtby does not need a haircut. Uhm, yeah, and the other things mentioned, Nike-shirts, GMGM being all passive-aggressive like, Greenie aka Mr. International, etc. But, yeah, Braden? No hair-cut!

  • Hockey mom

    He looked great! He is my daughter’s fave player and is always so sweet to the kiddos when we wait out at Kettler.

  • LebCapsFan

    Correct me if I’m wrong (I won’t be surprised if I actually am) but even if Carrick didn’t make the NHL team, wouldn’t he, like Wilson, have to go down to the minors due to his age being ineligible for AHL-action?

  • Theresa Dawson

    “Since Carrick was drafted out of the NTDP and not a Canadian Hockey League team, he is not subject to the rulles that bind teams to sending players19 or younger back to junior hockey.” In contrast Wilson was drafted out of the Canadian Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers team so he would be subject to that rule.

  • Myan

    I have a totally inappropriate crush on Holtby. He’s definitely younger than me.

  • JenniferH

    Aww, nice to know. :)

  • JenniferH

    Ditto, don’t care, he’s so pretty and I just love when he gets all sassy and aggressive in net!

  • LebCapsFan

    The things I learn everyday. Thanks!

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Yeah, but it’s Zima.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    You don’t think he needs a haircut, but imagine what he’d look like with a haircut.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Mike Green looks…well…like he needs rest. But his eye always kinda has that black eye look going on.

  • Graham Dumas

    Anyone else think Greenie looks about 15 lbs lighter (in a good way) than earlier in the season?

  • Graham Dumas

    Yeah, dudes never have crushes on younger women. Totally inappro.

  • http://www.deniswymer.com Hokeyschmoke

    I agree, wholeheartedly. But I’m envious of anyone with hair.

  • Myan

    I know I know, double standard.

  • Myan

    Havaianas?!

  • JenniferH

    He cut his hair a week ago, saw him with a haircut. Now we need the long hair again. Uh huh.

  • JenniferH

    LOL! I have zero problem with my crush on Braden Holtby despite being a wee bit older than him.

  • Slaps hot

    Can someone please explain why Mike Green always looks like he just arrived from an M street bar crawl ? He did look worse at the end of last season…..

  • Graham Dumas

    Yeahhhhhhhhh, uh, we know. :)

  • Simonezero

    When I attend next season’s opener I expect a full beard and shaggy locks. Or what’s the point of being Canadian?

  • http://batman-news.com tominsocal1

    “Ted, are you in the vault again?”
    “Why, dear, is there something you want?”
    “Well, I was just reading the blogs, you know.”
    “Gotta be careful there, dear, there’s some real wack jobs out there.”
    “Yes, well, there’s this one really odd character on all the blogs, calls himself tominsocal1, and he does these stories about George and some about you.”
    “Look, don’t believe it, I’ve never been with another woman.”
    “No, it’s not that at all, he just seems obsessed with showing you as someone who doesn’t do anything except count your money.”
    “Really. That’s ridiculous.”
    “That’s what I thought. By the way, what are you doing in the vault?”
    “I’m, well, I’m, ah, counting our money.”
    “Oh. OK. Good night, Ted.”
    “What? Oh, good night, dear.”

  • hockey mom

    He had a huge bag of gear and sticks and stuff when he left the building. We asked if he would take a pic and sign a hockey card and he said, “Sure, just let me go put this stuff in my car first”. Sure enough, he came back and chatted with folks, signed things and took pics. One guy even called some female (girlfriend, mother, sister, I don’t know) and asked Holtby if he would talk to her. He looked a little bewildered, but agreed and had a couple of minute conversation with the person on the phone.

    I was trying to upload the photo of him talking on the phone, but with Windows 8, I’m a total moron! Sorry!!!

  • http://batman-news.com tominsocal1

    We got us a new verb for the lexicon:

    “Strachaned.”

    To be ignored as though you weren’t part of the family.

    Growing up on the Eastern Shore, in a time when life was slow and before the hustle and bustle became the way of life, we were a close knit family. My Daddy would always pile us into the station wagon at least once a summer and head to DC so we could see a Senators game. They weren’t very good, and the pundits always said, “First in war; first in peace; but last in the American League.” But we still enjoyed the games, especially when the Yankees were in town and we’d get to see Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle. Time came though when the Korean War broke out and so many of the boys in town signed up to fight. Then there was my cousin, Stanley, who went to Canada. Daddy was particularly embarrassed that Cousin Stanley was his brother’s kid and, in fact, he stopped mentioning Stanley all together. Years later I would ask my Daddy, “What has become of Cousin Stanley?” but he would only say, “We strachaned him years ago. Please don’t mention that name.” And so it was, in our family.

  • PucktotheHead

    You really have no life do you? F’in pathetic.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Havaianas – think i got 4 or 5 of those. Reefs are a fave of mine – a little more cushy. Have a few Tory Burch. Those are my “formal wear”. :-)

  • OVECHKING

    @ianoland:disqus @peterhasset So where exactly is the moderation on this site? Or do you guys just show up conviniently to moderate comments that we make related to Hockey because they don’t fall in line with what you believe? If I called this guy a no life loser, you’d be here quicker than Mcphee is on a puck moving Dman telling me how I violated your TOS. Very hypocritical of both of you. In fact down right pathetic you hold this double standard. If you don’t want us to post here because you want to keep this place fun with the ignorant “VENOM” comments coming from people like PucktotheHead, then please just tell us. We’ll leave this place at once.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Maybe they have other jobs/life and now that the Caps season is over, want to take a few days away? I dunno, just guessing they might not have seen this guy yet.

  • JenniferH

    No problem, thanks so much for the detailed account. It’s great hearing what a great guy he is on and off the ice. Really, thanks for the information, I appreciate it. Down here in Georgia, I don’t get the chance to ever even see the guys since the closest team is in Nashville and I have to take time off work (I work overnight weekends) to try and make that kind of game. *sigh* So second-hand accounts is all I can get, so thank you! :)

  • JenniferH

    Nooooo, but I’ve done SUCH a good job in keeping it on the downlow!

  • Hockey mom

    It’s hard for me to hate on Mike Green. I do get bummed about his play sometimes, but he is one of the nicest guys to the fans. He always leaves the building through the exit where the fans are waiting, (some players go through the back and take the elevator down stairs while a Caps employee drives their vehicle downstairs). He always stops to sign autographs and take pics and is patient about it, making sure everyone gets what they came for.

    I’m hoping that a long off-season will get him truly healthy for next year. As much as I would like the Caps to win the Stanley Cup, I hope it comes on the backs of guys who are fan friendly, not standoffish guys.

    There were only about 20 people out at Kettler yesterday (about half of them were kids) and of all the guys I saw come out of the building (Holtby, Orlov, Erskine, Strachan, Mojo, Backstrom, Brouwer, Halak, Beagle, Fehr, Green) Kuznetzov and Ovi, were only the only two who didn’t stop to take pics for fans, even though they said they would come back to do so.

  • Hockey mom

    We saw Wilson, too!

  • Duffman

    Are you really whining about them not moderating comments at 12:30 in the morning?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    The comment came in while I was asleep. Your comment was more out of line than this.

  • PucktotheHead

    Venom? No no no. You misunderstood. My comment was in the same tone as you would rib your best friend with while sitting at the bar sipping vodka. You know. Or do you? Anyway, cheers!

  • VeggieTart

    I actually like the short hair.

  • Myan

    I went to college in Florida and I LIVED in Reefs! Have you tried Rainbow flip flops? They’re made like Reefs but with less of a platform. The big bonus is that the leather dye doesn’t stain your feet as badly when they get wet!

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    I haven’t purchased any Rainbows yet, but I’ve tried some on. When I moved to Northern CA 4 years ago I had to cut back on flip flop purchases due to weather. But, I do purchase a pair on every trip to Hawaii I make, and I will put those on my list for this summer! I wonder if they have wedding white….

  • Owen Johnson

    My last girlfriend was 6 years older than me. Jus’ sayin’.

  • Graham Dumas
  • alyce

    Oh Gosh, he really is so sweet Jennifer! He is part of the reason I became a Caps fan in the first place. I have spent hours and hours in the Kettler parking lot with my son. I was so struck by how kind he was to the fans. Seems to be a genuinely sweet guy.

    I thought about you last week. I saw him in Whole Foods last week. He was just shopping and minding his own business with no one recognizing him. He seemed so down to earth. You have picked an awesome fan favorite.

    I have a great picture of he and my son when we first met him. Discus won’t let me sign in so I’ll try post it later.

    Best wishes and if you ever want anything signed by him in this fall when they start wandering in, let me know.

  • Holtby Fan (Katie)

    I think a lot of us women have a crush on Holtby. He just a hottie. I saw the hair cut comment and thought to myself “He just got it cut”. I noticed it one night in a post game interview last week or so. I guess the guys just don’t pay attention to those things. I like his hair, his scruff and his aggressiveness. All are attractive!

  • jpish

    Sorry to disappoint, but I wouldn’t assume that anybody will be fired. McPhee’s contract expired at the end of the season, maybe that is why he didn’t speak, he’s not technically under contract. Perhaps Ted and Patrick and McPhee are just negotiating GMGM’s next contract and figuring out how to spin it.
    As I post this, it’s been over 48 hours since the end of the season. Why hasn’t anyone been let go if this is really happening?

  • JenniferH

    Aww, thanks so much. I only have the shirt and lunch box (whee!) but thanks for the offer. It’s great knowing that he’s such a sweetheart. :)

  • JenniferH

    I don’t know what it says about me but I noticed the haircut DURING the game when he took his helmet off at one point. I texted my sister all in caps: BRADEN CUT HIS HAIR! Because, yes, that is what was important during the game!

  • JenniferH

    You stud, you! ;)

  • alyce

    I can get you a signed puck. He is so gracious and generous with his time. He will always have a soft spot in our hearts for him because he was our first autograph:).
    Totally off topic…. Most of the guys (including Ovi) have been pretty great about giving my son their autographs. The only one who was not nice- friggin’ Oates!