ARLINGTON, Va. -- T.J. Oshie spent the first seven years of his NHL career trying to bring a Cup to St. Louis. Four years after he was traded to the Capitals, the Blues finally earned the franchise's first championship.
Now after seeing his old team win, Oshie is happy for the city and his former teammates...but it helps that the Caps won it in 2018.
"I think it would have been weird if we wouldn't have won first," Oshie said. "But no, I was very happy for those guys. I was happy to see the city of St. Louis."
Oshie said he FaceTimed some of his former teammates the next morning while on his way to a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. He discovered the celebration had not yet stopped.
"They hadn't gone to bed yet after the night they won so they were still there with the Cup," he said.
The fact that Oshie has a championship of his own to celebrate certainly allows for him to be happy for his former team, but it also brings with it more drive.
"There's a different type of motivation," he said. "Before it was like, 'This is ours. Let's keep it.' We didn't play St. Louis, they didn't take it from us, but that's kind of the feeling that you get."
There were many points last season that could have been seen as moments to "turn the page" from Washington's Cup run: The start of the season, the banner raising, the White House visit, the start of the playoffs, Washington's elimination at the hands of the Hurricanes, etc. But none of those moments brought with them the finality and reality of seeing Alex Pietrangelo lift the Cup.
The Caps are no longer the defending champs, they are no longer the team everyone is chasing and, despite his friendships with former teammates and his love for St. Louis, Oshie wants to see the Caps reclaim Lord Stanley.
"Our year will be, hopefully, a little bit more focused on getting that drive back to reclaim it," Oshie said, "And hopefully bring another Cup to D.C."
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