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Caps Success Means Higher Ticket Prices

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 15, 2010 by mwalle1

As the Caps enter the playoffs as the best team in the league there is plenty for Caps fans to be excited about.  However, with success comes fans who want to see the team play and where there is an increase in demand there is an increase in price.

The owners announced a raise in ticket prices for next year marking the third year in a row tickets will increase.  The added price has many fans upset, especially those who have supported the team when no one else would.

Alex Mehove is one of those people.  Mehove, 31,  has had partial season tickets for seven years and says he understands why the increase in price, but feels it alienates those who have stuck with the team.

“I understand why they’re doing it,” Mehove said.  “If I had a product that people wanted I would want to maximize my profits, but at the same time, I went when not many others did.  It’s a catch-22, people want the team to win, but they pay the price when they do.”

Full season tickets for the upper level, level 400’s, will cost $995 compared to three years ago when the cost was $668. 

“Tickets across the board have been raised,” said Mehove.  “The people in the 100’s spend a couple of thousand a year already, but for people like myself who can’t really afford those it’s a shame to see the upper level now approaching what the lower level was a couple of years ago.

Mehove vows to continue going to games, but says he may have to cut back a little.

“I love going, but maybe I’ll buy an 11-game plan instead next year.”

Green Turtle Givaways

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by mwalle1

The Green Turtle in Hagerstown, Md

The Green Turtle in Hagerstown, MD is one of the few bars in town that supports the great game of hockey.  Five times this season the Turtle held viewing parties for Caps games and gave away jerseys, pucks and had numerous drink specials.

Manager Brad Miller came up with the idea after other Green Turtle’s in and around the District started doing the same thing.

“We’re kinda new here in Hagerstown and we’ve been trying to establish a relationship with our customers the best way we can think of,” said Miller.  “Hockey fans are passionate people and they come to us because of the viewing parties.  I don’t think there is another bar, unless you go to Frederick, that does that around here.”

On a recent trip to watch a Caps/Penguins game I missed out on the jersey, but the guy who won it was happy to tell me what I missed out on

“I came just to watch the game with some friends,” said winning Reid Jennings.  “I didn’t expect to win anything, but it feels awesome.  I pay $10, get two beers and a Caps jersey.  I’m glad I decided to come out, I will definitely be back.”

Manager Brad Miller feels awesome too.

“These parties have turned out to be more than I expected,” said Miller.  “We turn on the game, offer a few specials and watch the people come through the doors.  it has been pretty profitable for us, I don’t see any reason we won’t do something like this again next season.”

Why Joe Corvo is Better Than Brian Pothier

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by mwalle1

When puck moving defenseman Brian Pothier and Joe Corvo swapped teams at the trade deadline, the Caps filled a need that went largely unnoticed. 

The team was criticized for not getting a higher caliber defenseman, but Corvo is just what the team needed.  He controls the puck better than Pothier did, and is able to move the puck out of the defensive zone quickly and accurately.  Also, Corvo has the ability to quarterback the power play and step in for Mike Green if needed, something Pothier could never do.

Mike Green was burnt out by the time the playoffs rolled around last year from playing over 20 minutes a game in nearly every situation and was injured most of the post season.  Corvo is able to take Green’s spot on the power play at times and is able to give Green time to rest, regroup, whatever.  Corvo is a minute eating defenseman and that helps conserve the energy of other defenseman such as Green because they’re not relied on as heavily.  Sometimes the best contributions don’t show up in the box score.

A stat that helps to illustrate the fact Corvo is a better puck possession defensman than Pothier is at even strength Corvo has blocked 32 opposing shots compared the Pothier’s 70 blocked shots.  One could argue Pothier is a better shot blocker, sure, but if Pothier has had so many more chances to block shots, odds are its related to the fact he couldn’t hang onto the puck.

Finally, and perhaps the most important stat in comparing Corvo to Pothier is the amount of giveaways each of them have.  The Caps are constantly giving up odd man rushes due to the style of hockey they play, so limiting turnovers is very important.  Since joining the Caps 12 games ago Corvo has just 2 givaways compared to Pothier’s average of 0.5 a game, the equivalent of 6 in the same span, and even worse is John Erskine’s 0.75 a game, ouch.

So, while the debate of did the Caps do the best they could as far as defenseman at the deadline, one thing seems pretty clear, the Caps improved and gave themselves a better chance to win.

There’s Plenty of Caps News if You Know Where to Look

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by mwalle1

We live in a world of information, in fact probably too much information, so it’s important to know where to go for not only good Capitals coverage, but accurate Caps coverage.

There are several blogs for Caps fans to visit like Washington Post Caps Beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir’s Blog Capitals Insider.

Another good blog would be the blog of Capitals play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, located here.  Joe knows the Caps almost like no other and provides great insight after every Caps game.

Jaspers Rink is another blog that is filled with information and analysis and should be viewed by any Caps fan.

While blogs are useful and contain some great information, nothing is as immediate as Twitter and if used properly can be a great asset for any Caps fan.

For example, during the trade deadline all Caps related rumors and trade info was listed under the tag #Caps.  Listing the information under one tag enabled Caps fans to get news as soon as it broke.

New media is truly advancing the way people obtain their news, including news about the Caps.

You’ve Got Tickets, Now What?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by mwalle1

Going to a Caps game is a great experience, but it’s not just the game that matters.  The Caps play in one of the best cities in the world and there is plenty to do around the Verizon Center.

The Verizon Center is just blocks away from the White House, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian, and a plethora of museums and shops.

The best views of Washington can be seen from the Washington Monument and the fact that tickets are free at www.recreation.gov makes the experience even better.

While tours are no longer offered at the White House, visitors can still view the home of the President from the sidewalk that is literally just a few short feet from the front lawn.

The Smithsonian is also something the entire family can enjoy.  The Holocaust Museum, the Air and Space Museum and paintings by Van Gogh and Picasso are all located at “the mall” in DC.

If you just can’t get enough Caps hockey, a short trip via the Orange Line on the Metro to the Ballston station in Arlington, Virginia will take you to where the Caps practice.  Game day morning skates are open and free for the public and it’s a chance to see the players up close.

After a full day in DC, the only thing left to do is enjoy the game.

Deadline Day Done, Caps Winners?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2010 by mwalle1

D-man Joe Corvo was added by the Caps on deadline day

The trade deadline has come and gone and teams have either added pieces for a run to the Cup or unloaded dead weight and arm-chair GM’s worldwide come out of the woodworks to slam or praise the real GM’s.

How did the Caps fare you may be asking yourself.  Well, who really knows how the Cap did, I sure don’t.

GMGM unloaded one puck moving defense men, Brian Pothier, for another puck moving defense men, Joe Corvo.  Confused?  Me too.  The Caps also added defense men Milan Jurcina, yes, the same Jurcina the Caps gave the heave-ho to in December.  Confused?  Me too.

Moving on from the additions on defense.  What, were you expecting more?  So was every other Caps fan.  Right Winger Scott Walker was added from the Canes and for only a 7th round pick, way to go George.  Finally, Center Eric Belanger was added from the Wild for a second-round pick and after the Walker deal seems like a steep price, but I’ll give it to you George.

CapsBlog blogger Adam Wellington claimed a winger with a number in the teens would be on the move today in a package for a physical D-man and that, as we know, never pan out, so I said hey Adam, what’s up with the misleading lead?

“A reputable source had told me it was a done deal that would have either Flash or Fehr being shipped out for a physical D-man, but the deal fell through at the last minute because the two team couldn’t come to terms on the value of the mystery player,” said Wellington.  “I made the call to post it and you guys jumped on me when 3 p.m. came and went and a bruiser wasn’t added to the Caps, so I’m sorry, but that goes to show how the day works, things can change on a dime.”

The boys are back in town tomorrow with the new additions in tow and only time will tell if GMGM made the right moves, but the armchairs have spoken and even they don’t even know if the Caps are winners or losers on this important deadline day.

Ovechkin Shines on the World Stage

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by mwalle1

Alex Ovechkin is one of the best, if not the best, hockey players in the world and he is proving it at this year’s Winter Olympics. 

Ovechkin has been the star of a Russian team stacked with talent and his ability to change the course of a game was on display during Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Czech Republic.  The current Capital laid out former Capital Jaromir Jagr with a center ice hit that led to an odd man rush and an eventual goal for his Russian teammate Evgeni Malkin.  The hit was just another in a long line that Capitals fans have seen, but for Olympic play, was a breath of fresh air.

Alex Ovechkin is a playmaker, a goal scorer and a physical presence all wrapped in to one and possibly not since the days of the Great Gordie Howe has the league, or the world for that matter, seen anything like him. 

Hockey fans around the world love him and perhaps none more than his fans in Washington and the surrounding areas.  On a recent trip to the Green Turtle in Hagerstown, MD, about an hour outside of Washington, to watch a Caps/Penguins game the room was filled with Ovechkin jerseys.  As the Ovechkin reeled off another great performance, scoring a hat trick, I turned to the guy wearing a Ovechkin jersey beside me and before I could say anything he said, “he’s the best player this team will ever have and the best player we’ll ever have a chance to watch.”

Touche fellow Caps fan, touche.