We are always extremely interested in how Capitals fans are feeling. Whether it’s posting daily readers’ polls, exchanging thoughts and insight on social media, or just reading your emails and comments to our posts, all of it is critically important to us. Players, coaches, staff, media all come and go, but Capitals fans remain. They are the one true constant and the backbone of the organization.
Over the holidays we conducted a series of readers polls via our twitter account, to check the pulse of Caps nation on a number of topics. Here are the results from those questions to you:
Results from the Twitter polls: (12/23/19 – 01/10/20)
1. Who deserves to make more money? Nicklas Backstrom or Evegeny Kuznetsov?
Daily ask: Should Nicklas Backstrom’s new contract be for more or less than Evgeny Kuznetsov’s current AAV ($7.8 million AAV):
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) December 23, 2019
2. The Capitals are racking up the minor penalties. Is this a concern to you?
Daily ask: The #ALLCAPS currently lead the league in minor penalties with 151. (VGK, 143, Canes, 142 and Ducks, 142). They also lead the league in points. Do you feel the minor penalties will be a significant issue, or is it simply a byproduct of their style of play?
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) December 24, 2019
3. How many regular season starts should Ilya Samsonov make?
Daily ask: Ilya Samsonov is making his 12th start tonight in goal. With close to half the season in the books, how many starts should he make in the regular season? #ALLCAPS
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) December 27, 2019
4. Who should be the Capitals primary starting netminder in January?
Braden Holtby: 29 GP, 17-7-0-4, 2.99 GAA, .902 sv%
Ilya Samsonov: 14 GP, 10-2-0-1, 2.28 GAA, .918 sv%
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) December 31, 2019
5. With 50% of the season in the books, who was the best offseason acquisition for the Capitals?
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 2, 2020
6. In the upcoming expansion draft, the Capitals will be able to protect 7F, 3D and 1G. Who would you protect on the blueline?
Daily ask: In the upcoming Seattle expansion draft, the #ALLCAPS will likely be able to protect 7-3-1 (7F, 3D, 1G). Who would you protect on the blueline?
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 4, 2020
7. Did you keep watching the Caps game after the Sharks scored a goal to make it 4-2 with less than minute to go?
Daily ask: (As honest as you can be 😇), After Logan Couture’s empty net goal gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead with a minute to go in yesterday’s game, I….
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 6, 2020
8. Would you sign Justin Williams? This would include making any roster moves to meet salary cap constraints.
Daily ask: would you sign Justin Williams? This would include making any roster moves required to meet salary cap constraints.
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 7, 2020
9. What is the Capitals greatest need for improvement, necessary to win a second Stanley Cup?
Daily ask: The #ALLCAPS greatest need for improvement required to win a second Stanley Cup this season is:
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 9, 2020
If you have any thoughts on any of the topics, or an idea for a new readers poll, as always, please drop a comment at the bottom of the post. We need your insight!
By Jon Sorensen