T.J. Oshie on Wanting to Stay with Capitals: “This Is Where I Want To Spend The Rest Of My Career And Retire Here”


On Tuesday, Washington Capitals ahead T.J. Oshie spoke to the media throughout the gamers’ exit interviews following Sunday’s Sport 5 loss to the Boston Bruins, which eradicated the Capitals within the first spherical of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. He mentioned the enlargement draft in July and the unknowns of what comes subsequent for the workforce.

“Playoff time, it’s essential be enjoying your greatest hockey,” Oshie mentioned. He defined how the Capitals weren’t enjoying “at a excessive sufficient degree” in numerous areas in opposition to the Bruins.

He did endure an damage late within the season to which he referred to as a “little tweak” within the midsection space. Oshie mentioned he did “really feel ok to get the job executed.” No surgical procedure shall be required, in line with him, and he hopes to start coaching in a couple of weeks.

On the Kraken enlargement draft on July 21, Oshie has not been dwelling on the potential of going to Seattle, nevertheless it has crossed his thoughts. “I signed an 8-year deal right here [Washington] as a result of that is the place I need to spend the remainder of my profession and retire right here,” he mentioned, including that he understands the “enterprise facet of issues.”

Oshie mentioned, “I’ve approached on daily basis since I’ve been right here like that is going to be the final workforce I’ll ever play for, and I feel I’ve executed an honest job proving that…I don’t really feel like I’m slowing down in any respect.” He later added, “Folks could make assumptions about what I need to do or what I would really like. Folks carry up the “C”…that stuff’s not that essential to me. That is the place I need to be with my buddies, my household, my youngsters are rising up in colleges right here, that is the place I like to play hockey.”

“I feel it takes its toll a little bit bit,” he mentioned concerning the schedule of the 56-game season and the protocols concerned. Oshie mentioned the previous couple of days have been “powerful.” “It’s quite a bit higher once you’re hungover from celebrating for positive,” he mentioned, referencing their 2018 Championship. Oshie mentioned there’ll “laborious questions” and “powerful goodbyes.”

He’s “hopeful one thing will get executed” about captain Alex Ovechkin‘s contract and future with the Capitals. “I feel Ovi loves it right here. I feel Ovi desires to remain right here endlessly. I feel they need him right here endlessly.”

Oshie has “little doubt in any respect” that the Capitals can win one other Stanley Cup subsequent season. “If you happen to knew these guys [as] I did…I don’t know if it issues how previous this core will get…So long as this core’s right here, I feel we’ve an actual shot to win the Cup.”

He mentioned goaltender Vitek Vanecek did “an ideal job” in his rookie season with the workforce. “He’s an ideal child, he works actually laborious, he’s an ideal goaltender, and he by no means offers up whether or not that’s in apply or in a recreation,” Oshie mentioned. He talked about Vanecek was “unbelievable” early within the season and stepped up when a number of guys have been out of the lineup.

By Della Younger

About Della Younger

Della Younger is a fiction author primarily based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. space and a web based scholar attending Full Sail College. She acquired her begin within the leisure trade at age seven as an actress. On the younger age of 9, Della wrote a psychological thriller quick story that sparked her curiosity in artistic writing. She comes from a household of huge Capitals followers and have become impressed to begin writing for sports activities. In her spare time, Della enjoys images, touring, and dealing on each side of the digital camera. Observe Della on Twitter: @dellayoung


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