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In the end, Carpenter played 1,178 games and had 320 goals. The Caps traded him to the Rangers in 1987. He ended up coming back to D.C. in 1992, scoring 11 goals in 68 games. He finished his career with five seasons in New Jersey. He was an All-Star once (1985) and won a Stanley Cup with the 1995 Devils.

So all in all, it was a long and solid career though not quite as spectacular as it appeared it might be during his early days with the Capitals.

“He learned enough about the game, about how to hang in there and he ended up with a Stanley Cup,” Langway said. “You can’t complain about that.”

Now he’s no doubt enjoying being a hockey dad. Laughlin said Carpenter also has a son who is considered a true prospect but right now his only daughter is in the spotlight. Alex Carpenter clearly inherited some of the knack around the net from her dad. In two seasons at Boston College, she’s scored 54 goals to go along with 56 assists. Before the Olympics, she had 25 goals in 39 games with various national teams.

Laughlin is as impressed by Alex Carpenter as he was by Bobby Carpenter when the two were teammates and sometimes linemates with the Caps. During Carpenter’s final season during his first stint with the team, Laughlin set a career high with 30 goals.

In his current role as television analyst, Laughlin clearly knows today’s Caps as well as he knew the Caps of his playing days. Those who have no memory of The Can’t-Miss Kid and want a comparison need only look at the team’s current top center. Carpenter scored goals at a higher rate than Nicklas Backstrom, but Laughlin said Carpenter’s skill as a playmaker should not be overlooked.

Carpenter finished his career with 408 assists.

“He had a little Nick in him,” Laughlin said. “I always thought he could shoot more. I thought of him more as a playmaking guy.”