16 years ago today, the Washington Capitals advanced to their first and still only Stanley Cup Final. Since that great day in 1998, there has not been another D.C. team to make it to another Championship Game or Round. The Washington Capitals are the foremost expert on championship games in the D.C. Area at this point.
Of that 1998 team, it seems that all of the last remaining players that were still part of that team have moved on. The last remnants of that team, Adam Oates and George McPhee have been relieved of their duties. The current coach was just hired on as the coach for the newly expanded Nashville Predators a year earlier and the new GM was part of an investment firm at the time.
It is a new chapter in the Washington Capitals history. New Coach, Barry Trotz. New General Manager, Brian McLellan, and a different team from back then. New Hopes, New Desires, and a New Philosophy. Defense and Player Development.
Will this be the right keys to unlock that hold on D.C. Sports and send them back to the championship fight for Lord Stanleys Cup? Speculation is one thing, performance is another. We can only speculate that the pieces are put into the right places by the right individuals to make this happen. Only time will tell.