Capitals End of Season Signals Lots of Changes

The end of the Capitals season signals a time for the management to take a close look at the team and what is needed for next season. We at FiCP are doing this too. We are all looking at what worked, what didn’t, and how to do better next season. We feel inspired!

We began our adventure in November 2015 as the only blog covering the Caps that was solely written by women. We saw what we thought was an opportunity to fill a gap. And then we found that some of the men following us really wanted to be a part of what we were creating and we welcomed our Twitter King, Chris Cleveland, into the fold. It changed everything because providing good fun coverage was more important to us and it didn’t matter who was doing it.

Our original reason for existence was to provide a platform for fan analysis with some good photos thrown in. We, like the Caps, got wrapped up in winning the Stanley Cup and the excitement in the months following. We made some minor tweaks to our team in the hope of becoming more competitive in the media market. We changed our writing style and reduced the photo coverage for which we had become known- even by the players.

And we lost our way and fell behind, not ending where we thought we would be. Just like our beloved Capitals.

So we are dialing back to a smaller core team who all have the same objectives. We want to write about hockey; just hockey. We want to write from personal experiences as Capitals fans. We want to share what it is like to be season ticket holders and fans watching from the arena, on the road, at home, and in local bars. And we want to keep a positive and political free tone to our reporting. We will assess the team and the experience from our unique vantage points. We will be where Caps are happening: practices, games, and fan events.

The Capitals have a few months to consider some changes they need to make. Daniel Johnson prepared a list of who needs a new contract this summer. We know that some players won’t be returning and some may get some nice contracts to keep them in the franchise for a few years. And yes, some players will be traded to make room for new player commitments. This team is a great team with years of experience on which to build, as Brian Gantman recently wrote.

So we will follow the Capitals’ lead in making adjustments to do an even better job for you, our readers and friends. We have a core of writers and photographers, and a backup crew who will be contributing as they can, to bring you fun, positive coverage of the Capitals.

We are open to suggestions on how to do better by covering what you don’t get from other blogs. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us your friends in cold places.

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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