Monday night, former Capitals Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Though the two legends only played a combined 211 games in Washington, they both played important roles on the team.
Through 2007-09, Fedorov mentored young Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin, while primarily centering the team’s second line. Feds also scored one of the biggest and most exciting goals in franchise history.
Meanwhile, Housley tallied 71 points in 141 games (1996-98). The Capitals made their only Stanley Cup Final appearance during Housley’s final season in Washington.
Fedorov and Housley join Adam Oates (2012), Dino Ciccarelli (2010), Scott Stevens (2007), Larry Murphy (2004), Rod Langway (2002), and Mike Gartner (2000) as the only other Capitals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame this century.
Photo credit: Matt Slocum
When Peter Laviolette was panic-fired Monday morning for his team shooting 2.4% through three games at even strength, I laughed. Then I thought about the five-year contract they gave Vincent Lecavalier over the offseason, and I laughed some more. Then I thought about how they traded Vezina-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky one season and then bought out Ilya Bryzgalov the next, choosing to pay the Russian $23 million over the next 14 years not to play, tears started rolling down my face. Paul HoLOLmgren, you are teh best.
Once I got past that (it was difficult), I was quite happy for long-time Washington Capitals enforcer Craig Berube, who was named the Flyers’ new head coach (Not interim!).
Berube becomes the third player from the Capitals’ 1997-98 Stanley Cup Final team to become a head coach in the NHL joining former Capital captains Dale Hunter and Adam Oates. With former Caps’ 98 Cup Final players Calle Johansson and Olie Kolzig serving as assistants in Washington (Kolzig is goaltending coach), I wondered how many other players from that very-talented, overachieving team are now coaching in hockey.
The number is staggering.
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