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“I was obviously in a hockey city with Boston last year, and you come down to Florida, it’s quieter,” he said. “To jump into the spotlight in Washington … obviously, there’s going to be a lot more pressure.”

Hauswirth, who turned 23 this month, has 10 goals and 4 assists in 37 games as a forward with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays this season. He joined the Capitals as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent parts of two seasons in Charleston.

Marco Sturm, whom Washington picked up from the Kings via the waiver wire on Saturday, noted that he thought Wideman was the Bruins’ best defenseman last year during the playoffs — but also was unfairly a target of the Boston fans.

Sturm, who turns 33 in September and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, got his first workout with the Capitals on Monday as well. He joins Washington after an injury-filled season in Los Angeles, during which he was limited to 17 games and just 4 goals and 5 assists.

“I feel pretty close [to being healthy] and just got to get back to playing,” Sturm said.

Still, after the initial “shock” of being waived by the Kings, Sturm said, “I’m excited to be here, and it’s a great hockey team … I get back to playing my style of hockey, using my speed. There’s great talent here.”

NOTES: To make room for Arnott and Wideman under the salary cap, defenseman Tom Poti and Eric Fehr were put on long-term injured reserve … Injured defenseman Mike Green, who is currently in his hometown of Calgary to attend a funeral, will rejoin the Capitals Friday before a two-game road trip to Florida, but also may be out for “weeks” … McPhee also said of Dmitri Orlov, the 19-year-old Russian prospect who just joined Washington’s AHL affilate in Hershey this past weekend, that although he has gotten glowing reviews so far, he cannot join the Capitals this season … D.J. King, who was placed on waivers by the team on Saturday, went unclaimed, and will remain on the team. “It’s all out of my control,” King told reporters earlier in the day. “Obviously, I want to play hockey.”