The Washington Capitals did not look like themselves during the 2020 playoffs. Unceremoniously eliminated by the New York Islanders and former head coach Barry Trotz in five games, the Capitals responded by firing head coach Todd Reirden three days later. On his podcast The Russo Hockey Show, The Athletic’s Michael Russo shared a rumor about the team’s behavior that was became widely circulated.
“Yeah, well, I mean the stories from inside the bubble about the Caps basically turning it into a vacation, having pool parties and things like that, you pretty much knew that they had no interest in being there,” Russo said.
RMNB received immediate and forceful pushback to those stories. One source close to the team said the rumor was “BS” and the team’s problems were all hockey-related. Meanwhile, Jenner Jensen, Nick Jensen’s wife, tweeted in the response to our story, “My husband wanted to win a Stanley Cup. So did all of his teammates.”
Since then, several reports have come forward including from ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski and The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir that chip away at the notion that the team partied away their opportunity to win a second Stanley Cup.