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Ward, a right winger, in particular is a move made with eyes set toward next April, May and possibly even June. He scored seven goals and added six assists in 12 games with the Predators this past playoffs. The Caps gave him a four-year deal worth $12 million with the hope he can replicate that.
“I think the Capitals are very close to not only competing but winning the Stanley Cup,” Ward’s agent, Peter Cooney, told The Washington Times. “I look at Joel as one of the pieces that could help them get there.”
Hamrlik’s addition likely spells the end of Scott Hannan’s time with the Caps. According to TSN, the deal with the 37-year-old is two years and $7 million. With Tom Poti’s future uncertain with groin injuries, the former No. 1 overall pick will slide onto the blue line as a veteran presence.
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