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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Caps owner Ted Leonsis likes to leave hockey decisions 'to the professionals'

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis found out about John Erskine's contract extension the same way just about everyone else did: by reading about it online.

In an interview today on Bill Simmons's "B.S. Report," Leonsis talked about setting a business strategy -- one like blowing everything up and starting over -- and then letting the coaches and general managers make the hockey decisions.

"Today I just got a news release that we extended our number six defenseman, John Erskine, to a two-year extension," Leonsis said. "No one talked to me about that... I read the news release online, and they shouldn't have to run that by me. If they want to trade Alex Ovechkin because he hasn't scored in 10 games, they're probably gonna come talk to me about that one. [laughs] So I do think that it's the day-to-day operations need to be left to the professionals. They can't vary, though, from the strategy."

Leonsis also talked about managing fan expectations during the lean years, building through the draft and why it's a terrible idea to give away free tickets. Check it out.

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