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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 Washington Capitals have been busy on the first day of free agency, signing right wing Joel Ward, defenseman Roman Hamrlik and center Jeff Halpern.
After the first day of NHL free agency, here's a look at the Washington Capitals players who are gone and the new ones signed to fill the holes:
On the eve of free agency, Mike Knuble knew exactly what he wanted the Washington Capitals to add to the roster.
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.