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Latest Jeff Halpern Items
Usually how well a team performs in free agency is a matter of debate. Naturally, people around hockey value acquisitions and contracts differently.
Instead of bulking up with players who have Stanley Cup-winning experience, the Washington Capitals got hungrier by signing four guys who never have hoisted hockey's most prestigious trophy.
Usually, the trade deadline in February is when NHL general managers take a look at their teams and make moves to prepare for the playoffs. But after a few years of failure in April and May, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee got a head start.
When joining a new team, just about every player talks about the desire to win a Stanley Cup. "I want to try to bring a Cup to [insert city here]" is usually a quote you can predict ahead of time.
On the eve of free agency, Mike Knuble knew exactly what he wanted the Washington Capitals to add to the roster.
The Washington Capitals have been busy on the first day of free agency, signing right wing Joel Ward, defenseman Roman Hamrlik and center Jeff Halpern.