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The organization has grown in terms of fan support — and winning, too. And despite his own bad luck in the playoffs, Halpern hopes he and his new teammates can help the Caps finally break through.

“The talent of guys that have been here is tremendous. They’ve been knocking on the door, and sometimes it takes a few tries,” he said. “I think everyone’s going to try to add to that mix.”

A mix Halpern hopes includes being on the winning end of a playoff handshake line — perhaps even more than once.

NOTE: It appears the Caps are looking for a new radio play-by-play man and that Steve Kolbe could be replaced. The team has a job listing up for “Director of Radio Broadcasting/Play-by-Play Broadcaster.” A spokesman said in an email, “We have expanded the scope and responsibilities associated with the Capitals radio play-by-play role to a new, full-time position.” Ex-Atlanta Thrashers play-by-play man Dan Kamal didn’t make the move to Winnipeg, and Hershey radio man John Walton could be a candidate for the job in Washington.