With the present and future of the NHL hanging in the balance this week (ESPN), hockey fans continue to have to look to the past to get their NHL fix. While the NHL and NHLPA seem intent on not learning from past history, we fans can look to our teams' past to find numerous moments to bring a smile to our faces.
The Washington Capitals have had a, shall we say, checkered past. There have been some great moments. But those have been far outweighed by crushing playoff disappointment and unfulfilled expectations.
Still, throughout their 38 year history, the Caps have had many excellent players on their roster. Led by these players, the Caps, more often than not, have been very proficient on offense. The reason for this is that throughout their history, the Caps have played host to some of the best snipers around.
As anyone who has frequented Bleacher Report knows, we writers are quite fond of Top 10 lists. So it makes perfect sense to take a trip down memory lane and come up with a listing of the Top 10 snipers in Caps' history.
Make no mistake about it. Getting the list down to just 10 players is a difficult task. There are tremendous players who had to be left off the list. Players like Dino Ciccarelli, Dainius Zubrus, Jaromir Jagr, Doug Jarvis, Michal Pivonka or the man who got the Caps to their only Stanley Cup final appearance, Joe Juneau—for one reason or another, they did not make the list.
Modern superstars like Mike Green or Nicklas Backstrom also had to be omitted—as did present coach and former captain Adam Oates.
But, of course, that is what makes these lists so much fun—the difference in opinion. So feel free to leave a comment and tell me who I missed. I will be happy to respond.
So who did make the list? Some choices will be obvious, to be sure. But who is going to be No. 1?
It is time to find out.