We all remember how great Holtby was last postseason, but is he the real deal? Honestly, I’m not sold.
Remember that time that a young Russian netminder by the name of Semyon Varlamov came up from Hershey to bail out the Caps in a best of seven series in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers? If so, then remember how the Caps eventually lost game seven in round two of the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins?
Or how about that time that a promising young goaltender by the name of Michal Neuvirth earned a full time roster spot with the Caps after coming off of winning back-to-back Calder Cup championships in the AHL, even winning playoff MVP one of those years? Yeah, the one that, like Varlamov, helped the Caps eliminate the Rangers in round one of the playoffs. Then, again similarly to Varlamov, Neuvy and the Caps were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after they were swept, repeat SWEPT, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Welcome to August, officially one month until training camp begins.
It’s been another long and hot week in which finding Caps news is as hard as finding some cool air. When news that Ovie wore a goofy hat and cape at a soccer game in Russia and that a Caps’ prospect still years away from a shot at the NHL is staying in the USHL make the top headlines for the week, all hope of seeing hockey again might seem lost. Fortunately, each passing week brings Caps fans one week closer to the new season and also brings a new edition of ‘Dog Days’ to ease the pain, so eat up, nosebleeder.