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Posted at 4:38 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis on Jaromir Jagr

By Lindsay Applebaum

The Post hosted a summit of D.C. sports owners on Tuesday morning, featuring Ted Leonsis, Dan Snyder, Robert Tanenbaum, Marla Lerner Tanenbaum and Will Chang.

At one point, the discussion turned to the X-factors in sports, and the Capitals owner used a player D.C. fans love to hate as an example:

"We had a very expensive highest-paid player, Jaromir Jagr," Leonsis said. "He didn't bring us what we all expected, and whenever we made the playoffs with him, he was injured. And he played injured, and I give him credit for that. And too much of the focus went on him, how much he was paid, when it was really an organizational failure; it wasn't a Jaromir Jagr failure."

Here's more from Leonsis on the uncontrollable elements of owning a sports team and the things that make grown men cry:


Related reading: Over at Hard Hits, LaVar Arrington writes about how the Caps have improved this season -- as well as what they need to work on, based on his conversation with defenseman Mike Green.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 11, 2011; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Ted Leonsis  
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Comments

Ted's right... when the Caps win the Stanley Cup I will cry... openly... in public... proudly...

and lots of other Caps fans will too!

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 11, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I know most love to hate Jagr, and while he was with the Pens, I was one of them. My opinion of him changed more favorably a couple of years ago after I saw an interview with him. He was leaving the NHL for the KHL and was asked what his biggest regret was. He pretty much ripped into himself over his time here in DC. He says he let down the fans and Ted and played the worst hockey of his career. No blame on anyone but himself. I knew of him as an egotist but was impressed with his honest criticism of himself. Ted, on the other hand feels it was more of a team issue than a Jagr issue.

Posted by: gonchpup | January 11, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It is refreshing to hear HONEST statements from Sports team owners.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 11, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Jagr, to his credit, has always blamed himself for his underachieving in DC. A few years ago he basically issued a public apology in The Hockey News to all Caps fans for his performance as a Cap. Despite what a bust he was for us, he was still one of the best players on the ice for the Caps at the time. He also had terrible coaching (Wilson, Cassidy). That said, it was sweet to see OV crush him in the Olympics with that open ice hit. That felt like sweet payback for many long frustrated Caps fans.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | January 11, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I like the way Ted took responsibility for the Jagr situation. It was an organizational failure.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | January 12, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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