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Previewing the Washington Capitals offense
When Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee began making roster changes this past summer, he didn't target skaters who could score goals or stop shots.
Last season, if Mike Knuble was healthy you could write his name into the first-line right wing spot for the Capitals. But this training camp it appears that's not a certainty anymore.
Training camp is barely a couple of days old, so the line combinations that Bruce Boudreau throws out there for the Washington Capitals aren't set.
Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward got a message Wednesday afternoon from a friend asking if he had heard about Wade Belak. Ward, who played with Belak in Nashville, immediately thought of the television show the ex-NHL enforcer was taking part in – "Battle of the Blades."
Joel Ward got his pay day on July 1 — a four-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth $12 million. But he earned that money in April and May, showcasing himself as a dynamic playoff scorer.
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.
The fact that the Washington Capitals have been a great regular-season team but struggled in the playoffs might be the worst kept secret in the NHL. Brooks Laich said earlier in the week that the biggest improvement the Caps needed to make was to "elevate" their game when the Stanley Cup was at stake.