Elizabeth Warren Raises $19.1 Million During 2nd Quarter

While candidates aren’t required to submit their final reports until July 15, various Democrats running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have been releasing their second quarter fundraising numbers and Elizabeth Warren’s totals are impressive. She raised $19.1 million during the last three months, which isn’t the highest total (that title belongs to Mayor Pete with his $24.8 million haul) but her donations are coming from the grassroots because she hasn’t been holding any high dollar fundraisers.

A closer look at the numbers shows Sen. Warren had 384,000 individual donors who averaged $28 per donation. Despite being out raised by both Biden and Mayor Pete, she had more donors than both (Biden had 256,000 and Mayor Pete had 294,000). Combine this with how she’s been focused in on meeting with as many people as possible throughout the campaign and it becomes clear she has an ability to grow her base of support. The campaign’s hoping that’s illustrated by how 80% of her donors gave for the first time during the second quarter, which her people suggest more and more people are beginning to support her campaign.

Since a lot of people believe Sen. Warren and Bernie Sanders are competing for a lot of the same supporters from the progressive, populist wing of the Democratic Party, it’s also worth comparing how the two of them did. Sanders’ campaign reported raising $18 million during the second quarter from “nearly 1 million donors,” 200,000 of which supposedly came after the first debate. The number of donors is certainly impressive, but the fact that the Sanders campaign isn’t highlighting how many new donors he had and how his totals actually declined this quarter suggests his support might be a little stagnant and unable to expand beyond the base he built during the 2016 campaign.

What’s perhaps the most telling about the entire reporting process is that Warren’s argument that candidates shouldn’t have to rely on uber wealthy high dollar donors seems to be producing results that make her competitive and could be used to chip into former VP Joe Biden’s lead in the polls. She’s already digging into Biden by saying she doesn’t “spend time at fancy fundraisers” and instead spends “time meeting voters and thanking grassroots donors who chip in what they can.”

Warren’s efforts on this front appear to be paying some dividends beyond the fundraising numbers as there have been several articles published that point out how Biden isn’t spending much time actually campaigning and getting to know the voters. This paints Biden as out of touch and is drastically different than the coverage that frequently highlights the tens of thousands with supporters Sen. Warren’s taken at events like the 107 town hall meetings she’s held.

With all this in mind, all of the Democrats running for president were largely out raised by Donald Trump. Trump raised $54 million in the second quarter, which gives him a substantial advantage that is at least in part because the Republicans are having over 20 candidates running for their party’s nomination. If you combine all of the seven Democrats who have announced their fundraising totals, they’ve raised $100.2 million, but there’s no guarantee all those donors will be financially supporting the nominee if their candidates doesn’t win.

As the campaign is kicking up with debates and actual voting getting closer, the fundraising numbers will now be more closely analyzed. It’ll therefore be interesting to see which candidates can use their momentum to build their war chest even higher.

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Capitals Release 2019-2020 Schedule

While many folks are focused in on the Capitals Development Camp taking place in Arlington, VA this week, the Capitals did release their 2020 NHL schedule. The team had already announced they’ll open up the season on October 2 against the defending Stanley Cup Champions in St. Louis and will have their first home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, October 5, but we now have have the full schedule. If you’re only able to make it out to one or two games a year, there are a few interesting options to consider beyond the home opener (and whichever rival team you’d like to see).

  • The NY Islanders will be coming to town on New Year’s Eve. The 1:30 start time means you’ll still have plenty of time to make it to a party that night….even if you have to drive back out to the suburbs. But it’ll also be fun to see Barry Trotz come back to town.
  • The Caps will have home games both the day before and the day after Thanksgiving, which could be fun ways to spend time with (or get away from) family that’s in town. They’ll play Florida on Wednesday November 27 and Tampa Bay on Friday the 29th.
  • The Capitals will be hosting the Eastern Conference champions at Capital One Arena on December 11
  • Washington will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Super Bowl Sunday. Considering the rivalry between the two teams, this could be a much more entertaining game than the NFL one that usually accompanies all the new commercials making their debut that day

For what it’s worth, Mike Vogel has a “deep dive” into the schedule that’s definitely everyone should take a few moments to check out as it includes a lot of little tidbits about the season (like how most of the back-to-back night games are in the first half of the season and a five game road trip in late October is the longest of the season). Of course, everyone will be getting their hockey fix the next few months by analyzing the schedule, but it could all change once the season actually starts and we see how everything pans out.

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Brooks Orpik Retires After 15 Year NHL Career

Brooks Orpik has announced he’s retiring from professional hockey after a successful NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The 38 year old defenseman spent 15 seasons in the NHL and skated in 1,035 games on his way to winning two Stanley Cup Championships (in 2008-2009 with the Penguins and 2017-2018 with the Capitals). He was originally drafted by the Penguins with the 18th overall pick in the 2000 NHL draft, made his NHL debut in the 2002-2003 season, and signed with the Capitals as a free agent in 2014.

Orpik was affectionately known by his teammates as Batya (a Russian nickname meaning Dad, which is a respectful way of viewing Orpik’s age and leadership) and several players have already spoken about how his leadership will be missed in the dressing room. “We will miss his presence in the room and on the ice,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said after the announcement according to Yahoo Sports. “Not only was he a great leader and a player, but he was a better person.”

While saying he’ll “be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me,” Orpik thanked the Capitals and Penguins to play hockey at such a high level. He went on to say he’s “been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but [his] body is telling [him] it is time to move on to something new.”

The lefty’s leadership in the locker room is credited with helping to create a strong community atmosphere among his teammates, but the injuries definitely were creeping up on him with age. He was forced to miss several months of action during the 2018-2019 season and he described how he was constantly in pain after spending time on the ice.

With the reputation he has for being such a strong leader, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him eventually make his way back into the hockey world as a coach. In the meantime, however, he says he’s “excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on.”

The Capitals are already on their way to replacing Orpik’s skills on the ice as they brought in Radko Gudas earlier this month in a trade with Philly. Gudas won’t be a superstar, but will be a solid contributor on the third line defensively and help with the penalty kill. Perhaps the more important development, however, will be to see who steps up to fill his role as a leader in the locker room.

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With 25th Overall Pick, Caps Could Select Forward Egor Afanasayev

With the NHL offseason kicking off last week, hockey fans are turning their eyes to the Rogers Arena in Vancouver where the draft will be held on June 21 and 22. While they just traded away one of their top defensemen, most folks agree the Washington Capitals lack depth among forward prospects after failing to draft a forward in the first round since the 2014 selection of Jakub Vrana. Most analysts therefore believe they should use the 25th overall to select a forward.

There’s no doubt that the real big name prospects like Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will be off the board by the time the Caps are on the clock (they’ll probably be the first two picks, after all), but there are some solid names that will likely still be available for Washington. The organization has had some success in the past will having a pick around number 25 as Mike Green, John Carlson, and Evgeny Kuznetsov were all picked in the 20s. With that in mind, the big name that keeps coming up in mock drafts and from people who know the junior hockey world well is Egor Afanasayev.

Afanasayev is a Russian born forward with decent size as he’s 6’4″ and weighs in at 200 pounds. After coming to the United States at the age of 15, he’s spent the last two years playing for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks. He had previously committed to playing for Michigan State next year, but decided against going the collegiate route and has already been drafted by the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL, who then went on to trade his rights to the Windsor Spiritfires. The general consensus, however, is that he’d rather go the AHL route after having a successful season with the Lumberjacks.

Afanasayev’s draft stock keeps rising as he went from a fourth liner in the 2017-2018 season to one of the USHL’s top goal scorers last season (he had 62 points in 58 games, 27 of which were goals). Although he has a powerful slapshot and a wrist shot with a quick release, his offensive numbers are largely viewed as coming from his skating ability. His “elite skating ability” allows him to be elusive as he’s able to gracefully shift his weight around in such a way that defenders will think he’s heading one way only to end up watching him blow past them going the opposite direction.

On top of being a great skater, he’s able to protect the puck well and has an uncanny ability to create havoc in front of the net and pounce on rebounds. This ability to be a strong presence in front of the net helps him not only score goals himself, but he has a reputation for being able to set up scoring opportunities for his teammates as well. This could come from growing up in the Russian hockey community that Afanasayev says places more emphasis on passing, but he readily admits he’s also working with coaches here in the US who’ve helped him become more aggressive.

The 18 year old comes across as mature for his age and describes himself as “a 200 foot power forward” who prefers to play the wing instead of center (though he’s spent some time in that role). That being said, it’s generally accepted that big forwards take a little more time to develop and Afanasayev still has room for improvement when it comes to his defensive play. Scouting reports say he gets out of position a lot on defense and ends up watching the puck instead of moving his feet while hanging out near the top. He’s able to use his size effectively on defense, however, as he uses it to largely take away shooting lanes and disrupting passes and potential breakouts.

Although Afanasayev’s name has been a major part of the discussion surrounding who the Capitals will select, there have been a couple other names thrown out there. The crew over at Japers’ Rink, for instance, recently participated in a mock draft with the SB Nation community and suggested the Caps would end up selecting Patrik Puistola who currently plays in Finland’s Mestis League. Others have also suggested forwards Pavel Dorofeyev and Nils Hoglander.

No matter who they pick in the first round, there won’t be much else happening for the Capitals as they traded away three of their seven draft picks for the 2019 draft. This comes on the heals of trading away draft picks from previous drafts as well, which means the team will need to focus in on developing the prospects that they currently have if they hope to remain perennial contenders for the Stanley Cup.

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Capitals Trade Matt Niskanen to Philly for Radko Gudas

NiskanenWith the Stanley Cup Finals ending earlier this week with the St. Louis Blues winning the first championship in their franchise’s 51 season history, the NHL offseason has officially begun and the Washington Capitals are already making some moves. In a move that was announced this morning, the Caps will send Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas.

Gudas comes to DC with one year left on his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-2020 season. Even with just one year left on his contract, however, the move will be helping the Capitals financially as they’ll be saving some salary cap room and the Flyers will be covering 30% of his salary.

With the Caps only being responsible for $2.345 million going to Gudas this year, they’ll be saving $3.405 million towards the salary cap in the upcoming season since they’re no longer on the hook for Niskanen’s $5.75 million per season salary. Plus, they’ll also have some flexibility as they won’t have Niskanen on their roster during the 2020-2021 season. The extra cap space the next couple years could prove extremely beneficial as the organization has to figure out what to do with free agents like Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly and Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom next offseason.

Of course, there are some actual on the ice consequences worth considering. Despite the defense in general having a down season, Niskanen still spent an average of 21:56 on the ice each night, which includes 2:46 each night of helping the Capitals on the penalty kill. This isn’t just a one time thing either as he’s averaged at least 20 minutes per game in each of the last seven seasons and has consistently been the leader among defensemen for Washington in terms of both games played and ice time.

Gudas, on the other hand, was only on the ice 17:53 per game last season. Those totals have been about par for the course for the right handed blue liner who’s never averaged over 20 minutes of ice time with either Tampa Bay or Philly (though he did come close when he averaged 19:51 in the 2015-2016 season, which was his first season with the Flyers).

Ice time isn’t the only deference between the two as their respective +/- totals also provide a glimpse into the type of contributions they’ll bring on the ice. Niskanen definitely had a down year with a -3 rating, but had a very strong 24, 20, and 10 rating the previous three seasons. Gudas put up a positive 6 last season, but also had a 0, 8, and -3 the previous three seasons. It’s also worth noting that even though Gudas had a higher +/-, he had fewer points than Niskanen did last season (Niskanen had 25 points while Gudas had 20). And that was during a down year for Niskanen.

Of course, it should also be noted here that one potential explanation for Gudas’s lower numbers over time is the Flyers haven’t been nearly as successful as the Capitals since he joined up with them in 2015. Philly missed the playoffs half the time and lost in the first round both of the seasons they did make a postseason appearance (including to the Capitals in the 2015-2016 season).

Gudas will likely be on the right side of the third line for the Capitals when they begin their 2019-2020 campaign, which could cause some people to wonder why Washington gave up a top four talent to make the move. The obvious answer is the Caps will able to compensate for that through the added salary cap flexibility they receive from the move. With that in mind, the full impact of the trade will only be readily available down the road.

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Kenny Boddye Dominates Democratic Primary for Occoquan District Supervisor

Kenny BoddyeThere’s an old saying that “showing up is half the battle.” If that’s indeed the case, then Kenny Boddye winning yesterday’s Democratic primary for the Occoquan District seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone because he’s simply a force to be reckoned with.

It often feels like Kenny is at every single community event in Prince William and I’ve also run into him at various events in Fairfax, Loudoun, and other parts of Virginia. And if he’s not out at an event, he’s knocking on doors no matter what the weather. If you follow him online, you’ve probably seen photos and/or videos of him out canvassing in everything from freezing cold temperatures in the middle of January to mid-summer downpours that most people wouldn’t even dream of venturing out in.

These efforts have allowed Kenny to build relationships with a variety of people across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Even at an election night party in Fairfax County I attended last night, for instance, people were excited when the results showed Kenny had won his primary. That’s because most of the activists there had seen him in action and knew he’d be a supervisor who’d truly strive to engage the public.

It’s also noteworthy that Delegate Danica Roem lives in the Occoquan District and she’s garnered a lot of support across party lines because her office is good at constituent outreach. She’s held at least 20 town halls since being sworn in and, like Kenny, is constantly attending events out in the community. Even Republican leaders will openly admit they believe she’s one of the most responsive members of the House of Delegates. This goes to show voters in this specific district reward elected officials who work hard at engaging the community, even if they don’t agree with them on all the issues.

Now that Kenny won the Democratic primary by almost a two to one margin (he defeated his opponent 64% to 36%), he’ll be going up against incumbent Supervisor Ruth Anderson in the general election. Anderson is currently serving in her first term on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and is a retired nurse and Air Force officer. She defeated Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta back in 2015 to win her seat on the board.

Taking on an incumbent obviously brings about some challenges as they often have a name recognition advantage and Anderson does currently have a slight edge in terms of cash on hand. This is where Kenny’s constant efforts to be out in the community engaging voters could truly become beneficial if they cut into any advantage Anderson’s incumbency gives her.

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Voters and Democratic Leaders “Strongly Reject” Tim Chapman’s Negative Campaigning

Tim ChapmanConsidering how most of the Democrats who represent Fairfax endorsed Jeff McKay shortly after he entered the primary for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and many activists quickly got behind his campaign, the race wasn’t supposed to be all that exciting. What did gather a lot of attention, however, was Tim Chapman’s decision to run an extremely negative campaign almost from the outset.

For those who don’t know, Chapman is a developer who has identified as a Republican in the past and even gave tens of thousands of dollars to right wing extremists like Ken Cuccinelli before deciding to enter the Democratic primary for Chairman. Chapman then proceeded to go extremely negative during the campaign and launched attacks against McKay instead of trying to build up his own candidacy.

In a time when there’s a lot of concern about corruption of public officials and many Democrats have expressed concerns about their party’s leaders being too close with the business community, one of the biggest attacks Chapman launched was an accusation that McKay used his position as Lee District supervisor to get a good deal on a home he purchased. Ironically, Chapman was trying to draw negative attention to McKay’s relationships with developers even though Chapman himself is a developer.

Throughout the primary, Chapman frequently decided against talking about his own background and instead decided to focus in on his various attacks on McCain. This wasn’t lost on leaders inside the Democratic Party and people spoke out during the campaign and in post-primary analysis last night.

While speaking at an election night party in Springfield last night, Rep. Gerry Connolly went after Tim Chapman (without directly mentioning his name) for running a negative campaign. He accused Chapman of running “a smear campaign” and claimed the election results showed how voters want a more substantive debate from local candidates. The comments appeared to resonated with the crowd of long time Democratic activists who appreciate the need to run a civil campaign that can hopefully unite the party after a hard fought primary.

Connolly also highlighted how you can’t just combine negative campaigning with spending enormous amounts of money and expect to win a race that’s truly about building relationships with the community. In the Congressman’s opinion, this is especially the case when the enormous amount of money being spent also draws attention to how Chapman had donated enormous amounts of money to extremely conservative people like Ken Cuccinelli and now hopes to represent the Democratic Party on the ballot in November. That simply reeks of opportunism.

During his victory speech at the same event, Jeff McKay touched on many of the same points Connolly mentioned — though his comments were also part of larger remarks about what he hopes to accomplish during the campaign and once he’s Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He specifically thanked Ryan McElveen and Alicia Plerhoples, for instance, but paused after their names in what was perhaps an attempt to make sure people realized he left off Chapman’s name (a move that received a few chuckles from the crowd). He also pointed to the election results as evidence that voters “strongly rejected” the negative campaign tactics Chapman used.

McKay was definitely correct that the results represented a sound rejection of Chapman’s campaign. He was the only candidate who failed to reach the 10,000 vote tally (he received 6,848) or reach double digits in terms of percentage of the overall vote (he received 9.8 percent). Chapman was also the only candidate who failed to win a single precinct, which truly says something because it means he couldn’t even get people in his own neighborhood to support his candidacy.

Looking at the latest campaign finance reports, it’s also painfully obvious that Chapman was trying to use his personal wealth in order to buy himself a spot on the Board of Supervisors. Over the course of the campaign, he loaned the campaign $845,094 which is $200,000 more than the $583,093 McKay raised and about five times the amount Plerphoples ($144,016) and McElveen ($113,840) raised for their campaigns.

When you break it down statistically, Chapman loaned himself $123.41 per vote that he won in the primary. This is wildly inefficient as McElveen only raised $9.94 per vote, Plerhoples raised $6.57 per vote, and McKay raised $19.64 per vote. In other words, Chapman’s totals were more than six times the amount per vote than his nearest competitor in the category — and that doesn’t even factor in how McKay has money left over for the general election. Since Chapman was trying to use his business background as part of the reasoning behind why voters should support him, his inability to spend his own money efficiently should provide a clue as to how unqualified he is for the position.

As most candidates who lost their respective primaries are already taking on a tone of trying to help their party’s nominee win in November, Chapman’s negative campaigning has left a lot of people with a sour taste in their mouth. Since Alicia Plerhoples is going to be active with Virginia Democracy Forward and Ryan McElveen will remain active in the community as well, their contributions to the political conversation might result in their name being mentioned for future political opportunities. Chapman, however, is unlikely to be at the top of any Democrat’s list for positions representing Fairfax County.

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Capitals Sign Liam O’Brien to One Year, Two Way Contract

The Washington Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan announced yesterday the club has re-signed forward Liam O’Brien a one year, two way contract worth $700,000.

The 24 year old native of Halifax, Nova Scotia has played for the Hershey Bears for the last five years after signing with them as an undrafted free agent back in 2014. Despite originally going undrafted, he’s had a fair amount of success with the organization and an alternative captain while scoring 108 points and earning 555 penalty minutes over the course of 311 games with Hershey. As the Capitals have obviously become an organization interested in postseason success, it’s worth highlighting how he his time with the organization saw him score 13 points (eight goals and five assists) in 44 AHL playoff games, which includes his time as a member of the 2016 Hershey Bears team that reached the Calder Cup finals.

While he’s not going to be a superstar and didn’t see any playing time with the Capitals last season, he’s made 17 appearances with the Caps with his debut coming in a game against Montreal on October 9, 2014. In the AHL, he ranked number five at Hershey in terms of goals (with 15) and was second in penalty minutes (118). The 2017-2018 season was his most successful campaign yet, however, as he scored 26 points (17 goals and nine assists) over the course of 69 games and racked up 79 penalty minutes.

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Braden Holtby Participated in Capital Pride Over the Weekend

While the NHL and other organizations have been making an effort to improve their efforts to reach out beyond their traditional base of support, hockey isn’t known as being the most diverse sport out there. This is why it’s important for players and team executives to make efforts to reach out to communities that aren’t well represented in the hockey community.

With that in mind, fans of the Washington Capitals have probably noticed how their star goaltender, Braden Holtby, has been a strong advocate for the LGBT community over the years. As Capital Pride took over the streets of DC this weekend with a parade and various other events held throughout the weekend, Holtby once again made it clear he supports gay rights and was out participating in the parade with his wife on Saturday.

Holtby’s work with the LGBT community isn’t just limited to showing up for the Pride parade every year. His support for LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has dated back to at least very early in his marriage after he visited a museum dedicated to Harvey Milk while on his honeymoon with his wife in San Francisco. Milk was one of the first openly gay people elected to public office (he was on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors) and was eventually assassinated by one of his fellow board members. The museum there now also serves as a resource center for HRC and the Holtbys spent hours talking with the organization’s volunteers during their visit to the site.

In addition to marching in parades, the goaltender also spoke at the HRC dinner last year (with three of his teammates also in attendance) after celebrating a Stanley Cup Championship with his teammates prevented him from showing up to Capital Pride in June. Plus, he plays a big role in Hockey is for Everyone when it’s held every February and has done work with You Can Play.

It should be noted that Holtby’s support for the LGBT community isn’t just something he’s been doing as part of some PR effort by the Washington Capitals. During the couple’s visit to the Harvey Milk center on their honeymoon, they picked up HRC bumper stickers for their cars (the blue and yellow equal signs that can be seen all around town). After his landscaper saw the bumper stickers, he invited the hockey player to the organization’s annual fundraising dinner. Holtby showed up as an individual supporter back in 2015, not a representative of the Capitals. In the years since, however, Holtby’s visibility on the issue of gay rights has increased and so has the efforts of the Caps as he’s consistently making public appearances in support of LGBT rights on behalf of the team.

All in all, champions of diversity argue that Holtby’s involvement in the fight for LGBT rights means a lot to the community. It’s always good to see organizations standing up for equality, but it means a lot more to the general public when it’s a player taking the lead on the issue instead of some front office personnel. That’s especially the case when the player’s one of the top goaltenders in the NHL like Holtby.

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Newspaper Runs Ads Congratulating St. Louis Blues

In what can only be described as the modern day hockey version of the Chicago Daily Tribune’s “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline back in 1948, the St. Louis Dispatch ran ads congratulating the St. Louis Blues on their Stanley Cup championship in the digital version of today’s paper. There was also a letter published from the team’s owner, Tom Stillman, thanking fans for their support as the Blues brought home Lord Stanley’s trophy.

Of course, the problem is that the team hasn’t actually won yet as they only have a 3 to 2 series lead over the Boston Bruins heading into tonight’s game in St. Louis. But that didn’t stop Stillman’s letter from coming out and saying he knows “winning the Stanley Cup was a dream come true for so many of you” and telling fans they’ll never forget where they were when the Blues finally won the championship.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that these were ready to be released since you almost always see material like this released just moments after a title is secured. And it’s not just limited to the promotional material that can be found online or on TV. I was a cashier at a Sports Authority store when I was in college and playoff merchandise for local teams came to the store long before they actually clinched a postseason berth so it could immediately put out on the rack, but we were strict orders not to make it available beforehand — even for employees. In other words, this type of stuff has to be ready to go but it’s still embarrassing that it was released too early.

Perhaps the most devastating part for fans who are superstitious is Stillman’s letter highlights the potential for a parade throughout the streets of St. Louis.

“We are so very proud of our players, our organization and our fans. And now, together, we can finally say ‘We won the Cup for St. Louis,'” Stillman wrote in the letter that was published. “We look forward to celebrating with you as we parade the Cup down Market Street.”

There are several news outlets that have already put out articles saying the St. Louis Post Dispatch should be blamed if the Blues don’t end up winning the Stanley Cup. Some folks even suggested that for the sake of making sure the responsible employee doesn’t lose their job, everyone should get behind the idea of St. Louis winning their first championship in the organization’s 51 year history.

Speaking of how the employee (or, more likely, their supervisors) are handling the situation, the St. Louis Post Dispatch did release a statement after screenshots of the letter and ads found their way onto social media. It apologized for giving subscribers “a sneak peak” at the message “advertisers are hoping to say to the Blues” and said they hope they’ll be able to “share their messages with everyone very soon.”

The content was obviously taken down, but there are still some St. Louis fans who are worried the mistake might end up jinxing the team as they try to make history. As the teams are getting ready to hit the ice later tonight in what could be the final game of the season, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not the ads’ early release have angered the hockey gods.

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