With McPhee saying he’d rather have a guy score 10 to 15 goals in the regular season and then deliver in the playoffs, than a bigger-production guy who can’t do it in the postseason, Ward fits the bill.
“As playoff time comes around, you get excited,” Ward said. “You play 82 games and with all the travel sometimes you’re a little fatigued, but then you got to find another notch and pick it up a little.”
The 35-year-old Halpern has never won a playoff series, including his six previous seasons with the Capitals. But Washington’s captain from the 2005-06 season is also a Potomac native, and his agent, Mike Liut, said this was a chance for Halpern to come home.
And all four signees think it’s a chance to win it all.
“I love playoff hockey, and I think it’s such a fun time of year,” Ward said. “I think everyone thrives on it. You want to try to hoist the Stanley Cup, and that’s what I’m going to try to do and hopefully bring that to Washington.”