"Veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig had cleaned out his locker stall and left the building, skipping the mandatory meeting. He did not speak to reporters. After Monday's 3-2 loss at Verizon Center, he stripped his name tag off of his locker stall.
Kolzig, a fixture in the Capitals' net for a decade before being essentially replaced by trade-deadline arrival Cristobal Huet, did not play after a 5-0 loss in Chicago on March 19. In recent weeks, Kolzig seemed increasingly detached as Huet led the Capitals to the franchise's first playoff berth in five years. Kolzig, 38, did not return a message left on his cellphone, and his agent, Art Breeze, declined to describe his client's thought process, other than to say: "The choice will be Olie's as to where he plays next year. But rest comfortably that there will be a multiplicity of options available to him."
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Kolzig Spurns Teammates, Media
Olaf Kolzig let his true feelings be known when he didn't bother to show up for the Capitals final meeting. It's hard to believe he couldn't put aside his personal disappointment to celebrate what was really one of the organizations most exciting and promising seasons since its inception. Some have already claimed Kolzig could be an option for Ottawa but if people are ready to run Ray Emery out of town for being a "bad teammate", how would you describe Kolzig. At least Emery showed up to face the media on the last day.