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Ted Leonsis CSN Interview

"There will be some things that we have done with the Caps that can carry over. I believe in young players and development of the draft. I believe in statistical analysis. I really do think that you are what your record says you are, you are what your stats say you are, and then great players will shine through. And then if they prove that they're great and they're young, that's where you use your dollars to keep them. It's not my style to say this is who we're picking, that's not what I do. I mean, if you don't believe and trust the staff, then you should get rid of the staff. And so I don't, I haven't been briefed yet on who they think they should be looking at." What are you going to say to Gilbert Arenas the first time you get a chance to sit down with him after he comes out of what he has to do for his sentence? "Um, you know I know Gilbert a little bit from seeing him in the hallways and talking to him. He's always been a very, very sweet kid. I mean I like him. I believe in the best of people, so I don't think I'll say much. I want to get to know him, but you need to do it in a way that's respectful to the hierarchy. And so I've gotten to know Alex Ovechkin, I've gotten to know some of our players, but certainly it's the coach who's the most important to the player. The coach is his boss, and then it's the general manager, and then it's the owner, and I want to look Gilbert in the eye and see what makes him tick and understand what he's thinking. I'll probably give him a hug, maybe we'll kill a couple of aliens with some video games, and we'll get to know each other. You have to empathize with people and understand them, what makes them tick. But his boss is Flip and Flip decides what system and how (muffled) plays, and I'll never get in the way of that relationship."
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