Who Should be the Captain of the Capitals? [Readers Poll]

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With Friday’s announcement of the signing of T.J. Oshie to a long-term, eight year deal, came plenty of speculation that this might mean a ‘C’ for the front of Oshie’s Jersey. But what about the Capitals current captain, Alex Ovechkin? We want to get your thoughts. 

So, who is your choice for captain of the Washington Capitals?

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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26 Responses to Who Should be the Captain of the Capitals? [Readers Poll]

  1. Steve says:

    You people are idiots…so spoiled to Ovi’s greatness that you take hom for granted. He draws the D and opens things up. I love TJ, but without Ovi he’s back to 20 goals a year like he was in St. Louis.

  2. ItzNutz says:

    Shame no Backtrom. Been there as a solid, quiet leader for years, stepped up in the locker room during the playoff despair. He’s my vote, Oshie second.

  3. Ash says:

    Ovi. How is this even a question?

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  5. Marie says:

    Just think a shake up in that area might not be a bad idea and Ovi might really shine without the pressure.

  6. Harvey Chow says:

    They should of given the “C” to Williams and Ovie should just concentrate on scoring I don’t see any motivators but I suppose Williams will move on because of these salary caps.

  7. Anonymous says:

    ABO anyone but Ovie. He is a great player… terrible Captain.

  8. Colin says:

    You give it to Oshie because how involved he is with the players. For Christs sake, he said he didn’t want his contract to interfere with the salary cap to let them make other deals. The guy is willing to take a pay cut to help the team. And he has faith in all of our guys.
    Ovi is a great player and all but is not Captain material. Never has.

    • Chris Phillips says:

      I Agree. AND FIRE That OVERRATED Coach!! 😉. What Has Trotz EVER Won in 18 Years??? 4-5 Playoff Series Total!!! In other Words Nothing!!!!!
      They should have gotten Babcock!! They had Money!!

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  10. Ryan says:

    Resign Williams and there is your Capt.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Backstrom. ‘Nuff said.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ian: withou C it would be easier for ovi to save himself from Trotz and Maclellan disicision to limit his icetimes /trotz and maclellan made this decision prior the season/
    and so save himself from loosing his standart scoring pace by open insultation of TROTZ NOT PLAYING him. He could concentrate on scoring rathere than passing and making balanced offence.
    As a captain it is questionable whether he could criticise trotz for makin “balanced offence”
    because they would consider him selfish captain.
    It is shame TROTZ knows only way how to make balance offence – by destruction of superstar.
    Now they both who were limiting him point at him failing to score.
    Ovi got killed by the coach.

  13. Chris Phillips says:

    Nothing Wrong with Captain!!
    Just an OVERRATED Coach that’s Never Gotten ANYWHERE Ever in Playoffs in 17 Years!!!!!

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  15. Anonymous says:

    why you discuss to whom you would GIVE the C
    this in not an award, it is actually a Capital punishment to be capitals captain under despotic
    and disrespectfull coach and GM
    only taking blame for management and coach incompetence

  16. jane says:

    why this discussion??? do not capitals have a captain???
    he just need a good coach to make a captain role easier for him a and let him concentrate on scoring and leading by example and let him play how he knows to play.
    every captain can become a great captain under great coach only, NOT under coach who oppose him,
    keeping him out of the game on the bench by giving him his carreer worst ice time,
    or trying to change the way of 50 goal scorers play
    How can he motivate others to score when he is demotivated by his coach.
    How many times did we heard trotz and maclellan saying this season: we do not need him to score 50
    goals??? we gave him supporting cast so that he does not need to carry the team every nigt on his back – GM really told this prior the season started

    3 year ago they fired george mac phee for failing to build supporting cast around captain.
    But did they actually know WHAT SUPPORTING CAST IS?and how coach should use it??
    Trotz turned supporting cast into something like replacing cast to turn 50 goal scorer into 30 goal scorer. He intentionally did what he should actually try to prevent.
    So now istead of criticizing captain coach and GM should have a look at the mirror.
    He just did what they wanted . Of course it was WRONG.
    And the most inexcusable thing is that they let captain play while he was clearly injured and should not have played at all . Did they forgot what they preached all the season how they do not need him.?

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