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“Well, we just hope to be in second place because Tampa said they’re going to win the division,” the Caps coach said. “If we play good enough to get to second place, we’ll be happy.”

Meanwhile, McPhee was asked whether he had talked to former Caps goalie Olie Kolzig since the end of the season. Kolzig signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay for this season.

“I called him, but he didn’t return the call,” McPhee said. “It didn’t have to be that way, but that’s the way it went.”