Originally written on On Frozen Blog  |  Last updated 10/19/14

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers during their preseason game on September 24, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
What are Caps fans supposed to think at this point? Fresh off the team’s 4-3 comeback victory against Boston Tuesday, Karl Alzner stood in the locker room, patiently trying to help me make sense of the Gordian knot that is Washington’s season. During a recent radio interview Alzner gave to LaVar and Dukes at 106.7 the Fan, I remembered hearing the Capitals’ defenseman say something to the effect that he thought the team was capable of winning a Stanley Cup (he can’t remember exactly what he said, and I can’t find the audio, so we agreed it was “something along those lines” when talking after the game Tuesday). Of course, that’s the appropriate PR line for a player in that situation, but I respect Alzner’s opinion immensely—it’s hard to imagine him ever saying a careless word in his life, and his style is not to fall back into clichés to get out of interview situations.  Still, the sentiment he mentioned on the show struck me as odd when compared to his quotes before the Bruins’ ga
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