Having some time to check out the Rooks take the ice at Kettler, I made my way to Ballston on a muggy D.C. mid morning to the chilly Capitals practice facility. As I was watching Glen Hanlon put the youths through their paces with complex and intense drills, one by one the veteran Capitals arrived for their workouts in preparation for Official start of training camp in the next few days.
Milan Jurcina walked in looking very fit and toned. Olaf Kolzig's smile meant that he was happy that this season was finally getting underway. Mike Green - who clearly beefed up this off season - walked in all taking a look at the rookies working out their drills.
I couldn't help but get a twinge of excitement about the oncoming season. It clearly has not come soon enough. So now it's time to dust off the keyboard and get those creative hockey juices flowing. It's time to start analyzing the division, and the conference to see where the Caps might shake out. The Caps made some smart off season moves, but will they pay dividends.
It's good to be back.