Watching the Washington Capitals parade around with the Stanley Cup was Don Fishman’s dream. It’s what he thought about as a young man watching Rod Langway patrol the ice at the Cap Centre. It’s what he pondered as he watched Olaf Kolzig deflect pucks when the franchise made its only previous Cup Final. It’s what he couldn’t believe happened during Game 5 in Las Vegas, when Fishman quickly changed out of his Capitals jersey into a suit and made his way down to the ice to join the team’s other executives in celebration.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china
It was a dream he helped turn into reality. As the team’s assistant general manager, director of legal affairs and resident capologist, Fishman will help determine if that dream extends through next season and beyond.
Fishman is in his 13th season with the Capitals, hired by former general manager George McPhee just as the NHL implemented the salary cap in 2005.
“I love the cap. First, it gives me my job,” he told ESPN with a laugh. “I was thinking about that yesterday. I was brought on board in 2005 when the cap first started. It benefited so many organizations, and we were one of them: It gave us a chance to compete for a Stanley Cup. Not just compete to be competitive, but compete to win it all.
“There are probably 20 or so teams that want to spend to the cap and try to win the Stanley Cup, and that’s pretty cool for sports. I’m a fan of other sports too, and I’m not sure you can say that about other sports. Everyone wants to be able to go into a season saying they have a shot at the title, and I think we have the best parity of any sport.”
But there’s another side to the salary cap’s ample parity, which is that great teams are eventually forced to shed talent as their success inflates salaries.nfl cheap jerseys nike
“An agent said something similar to me about a month ago, saying you must not like the cap, or having to give up these players. But I never think about it that way. It’s just the system we live in,” Fishman said. “We had to go through something like that last summer. Our team got worse on paper because we ended up paying the players we kept more money. We re-signed T.J. Oshie. We re-signed Evgeny Kuznetsov. We re-signed Dmitry Orlov and Andre Burakovsky. That’s life. We made our bets on those players, and as it turns out, we made some good decisions.”