Soner or later, the Hounds of Hockey Bay would have a bad day. The lucky days of 50-plus signatures in a single outing ended Monday in a flurry of "No's" and misty rain.
The Washington Capitals' morning skate turned out to be a rough one for those hoping to keep their good fortunes rolling.
Prior to the skate, Matt Bradley and John Erskine were kind enough to stop for the six hounds at the hotel. A good start ... or so we thought.
Shortly after the bus pulled up, it was off to the races. Most players walked straight to the bus with nothing more than a "No" being expressed. Nicklas Backstrom signed for two people (Yes, I was one of them). Nick Schultz and Dave Steckel also signed.
Tomas Fleischmann , who signed a wallpaper from his days with the AHL Hershey Bears, and Eric Fehr were the next few to oblige the few with an autograph. They walked very quickly to the bus, but I believe they signed for everyone.
Jose Theodore came out and knocked out about four autographs, including this wallpaper image from his time with Djurgardens of the Swedish Elite League during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. That is probably only because he was trying to figure out which of the three buses out front was the Capitals.
For me, my day was not completely shot, as I got to hear Alexander Ovechkin say something other than "No." As he darted by the hounds to the bus, he muttered "Sorry." Is this a sign of remorse for all the rejections he has given us over the past few years?
Only time will tell.
Okay, it's trivia time. Can you tell me who this Spokane Flyer of the old WHL is?
That's right, folks, it is the one and only O.K., Oren Koules, a co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He's probably the most accessible owner in the NHL, too.
He was very surprised to see this photo, As you can see, he even tossed the famous "OK" sig on it for me.
I hope that the trend that the Capitals set last year, when they surprised the Hockey Bay Hounds at the end of the season with "Yes" (Still a "no" from Ovie) holds true for this year as well.
Until we find out, let's hope the Edmonton Oilers coming in this week brings a return to our previous success.