The morning of July 1, 2011 began with Boyd Gordon as the longest serving player on the Washington Capitals. By early afternoon, that was no longer the case when he signed a two year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Never flashy on the ice, Gordon was reminiscent of the David Poile era Capitals, playing a hard working, blue collar kind of game (ugh to the hockey cliche), blocking shots on the penalty kill…
…and winning a lot of faceoffs for the Caps dating back to the 2003-04 season and threw his body into nearly each and every one of them. That will be missed, but will be tempered by the return of Jeff Halpern who signed a one year deal to return to the Capitals for the 2011-12 season.
Some of my favorite photos of Boyd Gordon from the 2010-11 season:
And all the rest of them from 2011-12: