Everything you're talking about is the "intangibles" that TV analysts love to talk about. Look at the Kings and Hawks. Sure they have the "leaders" in Brown and Toews, but they win because they put INCREDIBLE teams on the ice. In 2012 the Kings win the cup solely because Jonathan Quick is god. Last season they win the cup because of Quick + consistent scoring throughout the lineup.
Even if we pretend that ONE PLAYERS leadership means something, haven't you been watching hockey lately? These analysts can't keep their stupid fucking mouths shut about how Ovi is suddenly "coachable" (because 50 goal scoring Ovi was our problem... this team would be bottom five without him). Ovi's blocking shots. Ovi's putting in effort on the back check. etc etc
People looooove to talk about how Ovi is finally "buying in" to a coaches system and is playing a two way game. Whatever leadership you're speaking of, it seems like most in the hockey world think Ovi has that now.
OK, you're definitely just trying to get under my skin now. I get it. Because leadership in the locker room totally counts on one player. I guarantee you that "C" means nothing to the boys in the back, on any team. We got Orpik. We got Laich. We got Brouwer, among others. More than enough "leadership" (again no clue what that means) in the back.
If Ovi doesn't take us to a cup it will be because management didn't surround him and Backstrom (who I'd argue is the better overall player) with the proper pieces.
Oh hey, just like the Leafs with Kessel! Hows Bozak as your #1 center doing?
You better than anybody should know that you can't build a team around one player. How in the FUCK can we, at home, gauge leadership? Leadership does NOT win championships. Good defense, depth scoring, and great goaltending wins championships. We've had none of that until this year. It was all Ovechkin and Backstrom.
The Caps haven't gone anywhere in the playoffs because we ran into a hot goalie in 2010, played like shit in 2011, was on the wrong side of a 2-1 game 7 in 2012, completely shit the bed in 2013, and had one of the most pathetic teams put on ice last season.
We're good now. Trust me. Still aways away from a Cup, but an ECF appearance is not out of the question.
Lol @ the guy who follows a team that's only made the playoffs once since 04 shitting on us for not being able to go deep.
We're 12-1-3 in the last 16 games with no signs of slowing up and in the worst division in the league. Meanwhile (like last year) you guys are only in a playoff spot because of Bernier and your offense. Weren't y'all out shot by like 1244 goals during Carlyle's tenure? Pathetic.
And Ovi still has time. Only halfway through his career