Ultimate Standings 2009: No. 6

Washington Capitals

Updated: July 1, 2009, 11:30 AM ET
By Charles Curtis | ESPN The Magazine

Last Year's Rank: 45 Title Track: 47 Ownership: 5 Coaching: 10 Players: 12 Fan Relations: 11 Affordability: 31 Stadium Experience: 15 Bang for the Buck: 11

The same year that America swore in an African-American president, DC's hockey team enjoyed its own dramatic leap: a 39-spot move into our Top 10. Give assists to Washington's first conference semi since 1998, the emergence of 2008 Hart winner Alex Ovechkin as the league's top attraction and the introduction of the Red Rockers, ...

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