Kolzig: "I'm a Cap through and through"
Olie Kolzig is coming to D.C. this weekend for the second Caps convention. The ice has been thawed between him and his old franchise, after at least some small amount of bad feelings on his departure for Tampa. He went on Elliot in the Morning Wednesday to discuss these issues, saying he still roots for the franchise and that "I'm a Cap through and through."
"What happened a few years ago, that's in the past in my mind," he said. "I always viewed myself as a Capital, regardless of where I ended my career....The things that happened back in '08 just kind of fade away, and you almost start missing being around that atmosphere, being around the guys that you played with. And when I watch the playoffs, I'm not gonna lie to you, I was envious. I sat there and I said, if things had been different, had I maybe played better, had I not gotten hurt, had I this and that, you almost have a little pity party for yourself and you say to yourself I could be part of this. And then you just realize, hey, age took over."
Kolzig also said repeatedly that he probably should have retired after the '08 season, and that he sort of still considered himself part of the franchise even after he was gone. Elliot also asked him about the atmosphere in this town, and the fact that the franchise can now pull off something like a preseason convention.
"Just seeing the enthusiasm of the city, the way it's taken off the last few years, it's just amazing to watch," Kolzig said. "Even back in the heydey, the year that we went on the Stanley Cup run, I don't think there's any way you could have pulled that off, but it's a totally different city, totally different team. I mean, they are, if not the most exciting team, right there. The move to Arlington really helped, the changing of the uniforms back to the old traditional uniforms, and ultimately a Stanley Cup contending team. That's ultimately what the city wants, and that's what they have. And I think they really, really fell in love with the team."
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