Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks joined “The Sports Junkies” before the team’s home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday and told listeners what the team and fans should expect going into the season.
The Caps’ center doesn’t think there’s any more pressure on the team to win this year as in year’s past and compare’s it to the scrutiny the New York Yankees face in baseball, where nothing less than a pennant and World Series is a disappointment to players and fans.
To help the team get over the hump, the Caps added players like Tomas Vokoun and Troy Bouwer, but means they had to depart with familiar faces Matt Bradley, Eric Fehr and Simeon Varlamov
Hendricks knows that players leaving the team like is a part of the league and business side of the NHL but will still keep in touch with them.
This season to Hendricks is all bout winning and even though there was a dropout in points and scoring, the only stat at the end of the day is the “W.”
“You talk about points and guys not having the best seasons they had, you got to remember we played a different style last year. We played more defensive which is going to disrupt everyone’s points, our power play wasn’t going as well which is going to disrupt everyone’s points, and obviously we want to put more points on the board this year, but it’s more important for us to win hockey games.”
Listen to the full Matt Hendricks interview below: