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Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was smiling while sitting at his locker, almost for the first time since returning to North America. First he got the flu, then he watched as Braden Holtby started the first two games of the Washington Capitals' season.
If it wasn't obvious on opening night, it became painfully clear Tuesday: Adam Oates' Washington Capitals are a work in progress. Not what fans yearned to see in the home opener at Verizon Center.
When the Washington Capitals' season ended in 2010 with a stunning first-round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, general manager George McPhee faced the question. After Bruce Boudreau's run-and-gun Caps dominated the NHL for most of the regular season, it was all over in seven games. No Stanley Cup, no nothing. If the best team in franchise history can't win it all, how soon until the "window of opportunity" closes on Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the Capitals?
Capitals players were skating for a long time before the official start of camp Sunday. But their most recent game experience varies. Here's how each guy spent the NHL lockout
George McPhee can't talk about it yet. It's probably best for Washington Capitals fans not to think about it.
The day fans and players have been waiting months for finally arrived. The NHL lockout is over.
Notre Dame is one of the few college football teams that truly can boast a national following.
A lot of NHL players are satisfying their itch to play hockey during the lockout by signing overseas or in lower-level North American leagues.
It would have been easy for the Washington Capitals and John Carlson to agree to a short contract and move on. Similar situations with restricted free agents were resolved that way, including Karl Alzner last summer and Mathieu Perreault a couple of months ago.