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08:27 AM ET 09.23 | Ted Leonsis believes the Capitals will win a Cup as a matter of being "generationally great." "If you're there enough, good fortune will shine on you. I believe that. I believe that if the Caps can qualify for the playoffs, 10 or 15 years in a row, and we have a really good team that's young and has upside, that with that continuity and that knocking on the door enough, that we'll get our fair share of Stanley Cups. That's what I believe and I have to believe." ... Leonsis also said his team needs to learn how to "stand up" in defining moments, that the Stanley Cup is "the hardest trophy to win in sports" and that he believes this year's team will be better than last year's.

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September 23, 2010  08:57 AM ET

Leonsis: We'll get our fair share of Cups

Unfortunately, so far they've just been to pee in.

September 23, 2010  09:00 AM ET

I agree that the Stanley Cup is the hardest reward to attain in all major sports. I also agree that the Caps need to learn to be tougher in the crtitical moments that come during each play-off run......... they've usually blinked. Experience does help, but it's time to show the desire to win now, not next year.

September 23, 2010  09:06 AM ET

"If you're there enough, good fortune will shine on you. I believe that. I believe that if the Caps can qualify for the playoffs, 10 or 15 years in a row, and we have a really good team that's young and has upside, that with that continuity and that knocking on the door enough, that we'll get our fair share of Stanley Cups."

Except the Caps did that in the 80s and 90s and made it to the finals once. Philly has made it to the finals 4 or 5 times since their past Cup win, being consistently good is nice but it means jack-all.

September 23, 2010  09:27 AM ET

haha wow Ted. One year he basically guarantees a Cup - the next year (and a 1st round playoff choking effort) later - he predicts a Cup within 10-15 years? Hahahaha - this guy is the biggest flip-flopper since John Kerry was running for President.

September 23, 2010  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Leonsis: We'll get our fair share of CupsUnfortunately, so far they've just been to pee in.

Hee hee hee. Nice one.

September 23, 2010  10:16 AM ET

He has every right to believe this and with that core he may be right, but it's foolish to say "we'll get" any damn thing.

September 23, 2010  10:45 AM ET

I'm taking bets they won't. Not without some critical replacements and attitude adjustments.

September 23, 2010  11:33 AM ET

I don't mind an owner coming out and saying he expects his team to win. I think putting a time frame of 10-15 years is giving himself an awfully wide latitude, but he is doing what an owner should do.

September 23, 2010  11:41 AM ET

Gregarious Ted speaketh again. Well I believe he got the last paragraph right but he may want to pay a little more atteniton to the goalie situation.........

September 23, 2010  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't mind an owner coming out and saying he expects his team to win. I think putting a time frame of 10-15 years is giving himself an awfully wide latitude, but he is doing what an owner should do.

Well, it's been 86 years since DC won a World Series, 17 + years since we won a Super Bowl, haven't won the Cup in the 36 + years we've been in the NHL, 32 years since we won an NBA title (even I don't care about that)............so 10-15 years is the 'blink of an eye"!

By the way. I agree with you. I'm familiar with most of the owners of Washington sports franchises. In my lifetime there have been George Marshall, Clark Griffith (and his evil adopted demon Calvin), Edward Bennet Williams, Jack Kent Cooke, Bob Short(another demon), Abe Pollin, Danny Boy Snyder (the third in the triumvirate of evil) and a few others of shorter duration. Ted certainly ranks very high (in a good sense) on that list. He's invested money in the teams (Wiz and Caps) and seems to have a good sense of what he needs to do to win and be consistently competitive. Far from criticizing him for a long term view, I find it refreshing.

September 23, 2010  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Gregarious Ted speaketh again. Well I believe he got the last paragraph right but he may want to pay a little more atteniton to the goalie situation.........

Certainly the Caps' Achilles heel. They have a great team and are on the short list of contenders for sure, but fat Teddy should learn to keep his yap shut. ;)

September 23, 2010  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Except the Caps did that in the 80s and 90s and made it to the finals once. Philly has made it to the finals 4 or 5 times since their past Cup win, being consistently good is nice but it means jack-all.

The 80's and 90's Caps never had enough good forwards and D men here at the same time to be serious Cup contenders. But we had Kolzig. He often carried us farther than expected.

September 23, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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but fat Teddy should learn to keep his yap shut. ;)

I like Ted. His glass is always half full and he honestly cares about his players and fans. A good way to go through life.

September 23, 2010  11:57 AM ET

Wont happen until Ovie puts the team on his back, loses that stupid smile and concentrates on doing it. Will he ever have that edge? Im doubting it..

September 23, 2010  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The 80's and 90's Caps never had enough good forwards and D men here at the same time to be serious Cup contenders. But we had Kolzig. He often carried us farther than expected.

True enough. I dream about the records and Cups we could have had with those great defensemen we used to have, with Olie between the pipes, and the offensive crew blazing around Verizon Center now. Ah well. Day dreams are better than no dreams or nightmares, like the Montreal series last spring.

September 23, 2010  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Jack Kent Cooke..............

We used to call him Jack Kent Crook but in retrospect he looks like George Washington, Warren Buffet and Einstein all rolled into one..............Dear God, can we trade him for Daniel Snyder??

And as a bonus he had his "Bolivian firecracker"girlfriend - the one who was once caught being a hood ornament on a Mercedes rolling down M Street. Always entertaining...............

September 23, 2010  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Gregarious Ted speaketh again. Well I believe he got the last paragraph right but he may want to pay a little more atteniton to the goalie situation.........

I don't know. The Hawks did just fine last year with a decent goalie and a strong D. They showed that you could succeed without a star in net (as did the Flyers with Leighton).

September 23, 2010  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Well, it's been 86 years since DC won a World Series, 17 + years since we won a Super Bowl, haven't won the Cup in the 36 + years we've been in the NHL, 32 years since we won an NBA title (even I don't care about that)............so 10-15 years is the 'blink of an eye"!By the way. I agree with you. I'm familiar with most of the owners of Washington sports franchises. In my lifetime there have been George Marshall, Clark Griffith (and his evil adopted demon Calvin), Edward Bennet Williams, Jack Kent Cooke, Bob Short(another demon), Abe Pollin, Danny Boy Snyder (the third in the triumvirate of evil) and a few others of shorter duration. Ted certainly ranks very high (in a good sense) on that list. He's invested money in the teams (Wiz and Caps) and seems to have a good sense of what he needs to do to win and be consistently competitive. Far from criticizing him for a long term view, I find it refreshing.

Oh, we here in Philly can certainly understand your ownership woes. The Eagles owners thru the 60's and most of the 70's were just awful. Then Leonard Tose almost lost the team to a guy showing a pair of sixes in a poker game. The Sixers and Phillies go back and forth between decent ownership to a group that should be run out of town on rails. The only real consistent good team owner has been Snider. Of course, now that Comcast owns the Sixers and Flyers, it's a crapshot as to whether or not they field competitive teams. So, on a related note, how 'bout that Xfinity!!! Sign up now!! ;)

September 23, 2010  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The 80's and 90's Caps never had enough good forwards and D men here at the same time to be serious Cup contenders. But we had Kolzig. He often carried us farther than expected.

Rick Green, Languay and Engblom and Scotty Stevens for a while. Maybe not all at once since I think Green went for Languay.

 
September 23, 2010  12:25 PM ET

Ted already announced the Caps "arrival" early this year. It's pathetic when you have a team like the Caps with such a prolific offense and he still has to spout this cheerleader PR crap to generate/maintain excitment.

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