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When the Washington Capitals are on, they're a thing of beauty to watch.
There was a reason why when Adam Oates learned the NHL lockout was ending, he and his coaching staff sprinted to the Washington Capitals’ offices to get ready for the season. Time was short and the to-do list was long. That was on full display in the Capitals’ 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday to open the season.
In last year's playoffs, Ovechkin saw as his ice time dip as low as 13 minutes and 36 seconds, even as he was scoring goals and helping the Washington Capitals win. That was under Dale Hunter, who put an emphasis on defensive play. Don't expect any of that from new coach Adam Oates, who could be the perfect guy to take Ovechkin's career back to superstar levels.
This was the decade of Alexander Semin. He spent over 10 years as Washington Capitals property, from the draft in 2002 until Thursday's signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Washington Capitals are getting the band back together.
The Washington Capitals handed defenseman Mike Green a three-year, $18.25 million contract in hopes that he can recapture his past brilliance.
In late October, it looked like Jay Beagle's season would be measured by Arron Asham's right fist and the ensuing concussion suffered in a fight. By mid-May, Beagle's season was the shining example of what worked for the Washington Capitals with Dale Hunter hockey.
When Nicklas Backstrom missed 40 games last season, the Washington Capitals called on Mathieu Perreault to help fill that hole. When no moves were made at the trade deadline, the Caps called on Jay Beagle to become a shutdown center.
The Washington Capitals were on the clock to find a new coach since May 14. They needed a replacement for Dale Hunter, but general manager George McPhee was in no rush.