Leonsis expresses unhappiness with officiating
Ted Leonsis's appearance on the Mike Wise Show Friday morning was mostly about the Wizards and his book and happiness, but there was a decent amount of Caps talk at the end. Among Leonsis's stronger statements, he just about guaranteed that Alex Ovechkin would win a championship in D.C.
"Alex and the Caps are gonna win Stanley Cups," Leonsis said. "We're either gonna win it this year or next year or the year after. We're gonna get better, too. That's the thing. I promise the team will be better next year than it is this year."
Those are some big promises. When Wise asked Leonsis whether he was concerned about the goaltending for this playoff run, he said his two biggest concerns were health and officiating.
"I'm concerned about everything," Leonsis said. "I'm concerned about the playoffs and how that amps up. I mean, right now if you think about it - I hope this doesn't come off the [wrong] way - we have five exhibition games before the playoffs start, right? And it's not like we're stinking the joint out. The last ten games we're 5-2-3, we have 13 points. That's like an unbelievable stat.
"Last night, Atlanta played really, really hard. But the playoffs are just different in every sport: the speed, the intensity. You don't want anyone to get hurt. We've got like six guys hurt right now. That's the thing that concerns me most: health.
"And then officiating. I was really upset last night. Go to YouTube. We've worked so hard to have the players respect one another, we don't want hits in the head, and last night a player from Atlanta takes out one of our guys, throws his arm in his head, no penalty. I mean, not only is it showing no respect, but we didn't get a power play. We only had one power play last night."
Colby Armstrong, of course, got suspended two games on Friday. Leonsis also discussed this issue on his blog. This is like some NBA-level jockeying for calls, five games before the playoffs have even started.
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