The Washington Capitals are just one win away from ruining the fairytale ending to the Vegas Golden Knights' historic inaugural season, as the Stanley Cup could be hoisted tonight by captain Alex Ovechkin and his teammates in Sin City. While the Golden Knights are expected to do whatever they can to prevent their impressive first season from coming to an end after five contests in the Stanley Cup final, we still cannot overlook the improvement of the Capitals and their success in the postseason - finally - this time around.
One former Capitals player has noticed as well that for the first time in quite a while, his former has prevailed and moved on from the second round, where they would usually get stumped and lose, notably, to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is one of the reasons that pushed defenseman Karl Alzner to sign elsewhere last July, when he agreed to a five-year, $23.125 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent. Last summer, he was quick to test the free agent market after years of failing short.
Now, let's just say Alzner feels differently about the team that selected with the fifth overall pick back in the 2007 Entry Draft...
“Super jealous,” Alzner told Dean ‘Boomer’ Molberg on 960 the FAN in Calgary when about how he feels watching his former team move within one win of the Cup. “You’re jealous of any team that wins the Cup regardless of if you know anybody on the team, don’t know anybody, lost against them, doesn’t matter. You want it to be you that’s got that chance.”
However, the blue liner shockingly admitted that he is glad for his former teammates, with whom he still hold close friendship bonds despite choosing Montreal, who ended with one of the worst records this season and will select third overall at this year's draft.
“I know pretty much everybody on that team, but I’ve got legitimately 10-15 really good friends on that team. To be able to see them most likely win, I think at least, that’s gonna be a pretty cool feeling. I know the struggles the team and the city have gone through with some upsets so I can only imagine how happy everybody is going to be. That, to me, is a little bit of a bonus, something that puts your mind at ease.”
He went on to highlight one player on the Capitals' current roster that seems to be forgotten, yet, about to accomplish one rare feat by becoming the first player ever to win a championship in the ECHL, AHL and NHL.
“Something that people don’t talk about enough, a guy like Jay Beagle who has absolutely battled his entire career to get to where he is now and has made one heck of a career out of it too,” Alzner said.
“If he wins I think he’s going to be the first player to win all three Cups — Kelly Cup, Calder Cup and Stanley Cup. That’s something I’d be really really excited for him to do.”
We bet Alzner will be watching the game tonight, and cheering on his friends.