Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) listened to strategy from Dale Hunter during Hunter's first game as coach Nov. 29. Ward, signed to a four-year, $12 million free agent contract, finished the regular season with six goals and 12 assists. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) listened to strategy from Dale Hunter during Hunter's first game as coach Nov. 29. Ward, signed to a four-year, $12 million free agent contract, finished the regular season with six goals and 12 assists. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)