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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2010; 6:20 PM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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If there is one thing that I think is true about NHL officiating and Colin Campbell's logic it is this:

The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

Lobby away Ted-dog!

Posted by: CF11555 | April 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis comes to bat for his boys and he will do what he needs to do for the Capitals to succeed. This is why he is a quality owner and the only reason the Wizards have hope.

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 2, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

The man's savvy is off-the-charts. Man, I feel very lucky to have him own the Capitals.

Posted by: Kdarienzo | April 2, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to Leonsis here, the officiating in Caps games (I'd say 'against the Caps' but I'll pretend to be objective) has been horrendous. Run at a Cap, no call. Trip a Cap, no call. But god forbid a Cap's stick touches the other team.

It's been this way since I think game 11 of the winning streak (plus our game against Pittsburg before that. Which we won by the way). Caps can't buy a call that would normally go against them. If it's not incredibly blatant (and sometimes when it is), there is no call. It's almost like Bettman talks to the refs before the game...

Posted by: ncromcr | April 3, 2010 4:54 AM | Report abuse

Thing of it is, that it wasn't like the hit was in some dark corner or in the middle of a scrum -- it was center ice and there was a ref standing right there. Way to enforce the new rule by giving Armstrong only TWO games.

Posted by: ljo211 | April 3, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

going after the refs isn't a great idea, even though Leonsis is completely right. the MP hit should of been a penalty, if called completely correctly it should of been a 5 minute and a misconduct. The fact that they did not review the hit and Armstrong's comments after the game about what the refs said is appalling "oh he ducked out and brought it on himself" was the equivalent. Now the refs in question will never admit to saying that but its ridiculous. Good for the NHL to say the refs were wrong and suspend armstrong.

Posted by: breaklance | April 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Two things. The Caps should have had Perrault's back and taken matters into their own hands. Their continuing lack of toughness is troubling. Also, I'm concerned with Leonsis mealy mouth if not this season, then the next or the next. He should be saying Cup this season.

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 3, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Better gear up the wahmbulance for the Caps playoff run... you see it as lobbying the refs, I see it as starting to make excuses when the Caps lose to the Pens again. Make it two in a row Pens! The only championship banner at Verizon will remain the Mystics 2003 Attendance Champions.

Posted by: GoPens | April 4, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

GoPens, those Mystics crowds were rowdier and louder than the overweight masses at Mellon Arena. Go back to the Sh*tPitt that you call home.

Posted by: eorr | April 4, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I think it was a Mystics crowd that left early after you lost the second Game 7 in two years on home ice.

Posted by: GoPens | April 4, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Tuesday night, enjoy!

Posted by: eorr | April 4, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Win a game against NJ or us. Then talk.

Posted by: cao091402 | April 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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