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It's hard to dispute that the Capitals improved their blueline this week with the signing of free agents Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, who left the Pittsburgh Penguins for D.C. That was the organization's top goal coming into the offseason to help restart a team that missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Three days after getting married, Matt Niskanen signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract with the Capitals.
Sabres general manager Tim Murray joked that he has run out of spending money two days into NHL free agency.
The NHL free agency market opened Tuesday with a flurry of moves as teams tried to make a splash to improve their rosters and fire up their fans. Some franchises, though, stayed out of the fray and allowed other teams to perhaps overpay for the best players available.
The Capitals needed a backup goalie. They signed someone who can challenge Braden Holtby for playing time.
Niskanen, 27, set career highs in points (46), goals (10), assists (36), games played (81) and game-winning goals (6) in 2013-14, and led all NHL defensemen in plus/minus (plus-33).
He is a future Hall of Famer looking for work, but will the Caps be interested in Martin Brodeur?
Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden gave glowing recommendations for Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.
The Capitals' No. 1 priority heading into free agency is to land a top-four defenseman. Here are five who could sign on the dotted line.