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Topic - Scott Hannan
That the Rangers may be a smidge better is not arguable. Five-oh better? No way. That a tight series became a laugher in the finale can be, in part, blamed on the Caps' ugly playoff past. There's not an elephant in that room. There's a herd of them in there and it is not an easy thing to clear out.
The Capitals' reputation as a team that can't get it done in the playoffs is well-established. Here's a look at how each playoff exit happened, with some help from ex-coach Bruce Boudreau.
Mike Green's brutal hesitation to get off the ice cost the Washington Capitals the game at Madison Square Garden in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year, $1 million contract on Saturday.
On the day an arbiter awarded Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber $7.5 million, some brief discussion around Washington centered around a defenseman who was making $4.5 million and was not re-signed.
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:
If Scott Hannan is going to be back with the Capitals next season, they won't make a move to re-sign him until after unrestricted free agency opens at noon Friday.
"I was a little bit tired." Scott Hannan, the Washington Capitals' dependable 32-year-old defenseman, wasn't making excuses for his gaffe against the Lightning on Sunday night, for the ill-advised line change in overtime that resulted in Tampa Bay's winning goal. Indeed, he was only too willing to take the blame for the Caps' loss, which put them behind in the series 2-nil heading into Game 3 Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Simon Gagne has been helped to the dressing room during Game 1 of his team's playoff series against the Washington Capitals after he banged his head against the ice during a scary fall.
If the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs was any indication, familiarity breeds some entertaining hockey. That, and contempt, of course.
Take nothing away from Michal Neuvirth, who shined in his Stanley Cup playoff debut against the Rangers in Game 1. But his Capitals teammates kept more than half of New York's shots from reaching him.
It's scary how young the Capitals still are. They've been good for four seasons now - good enough to win four straight Southeast Division titles, good enough to earn the first seed in the playoffs the past two years. Yet you scan their roster and you count 10 players - none older than 25 - who have helped them get where they are.
With two games left in the season, the Capitals were still talking about having something to play for. They do – but that didn’t mean Jason Arnott and Scott Hannan couldn’t get the night off, along with the banged-up Alexander Semin.
The Capitals can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but they’ll attempt to do so without their best player.
Washington's centerpiece trade deadline deal continued to pay big dividends Thursday night, as new Capital Jason Arnott buried an Alexander Semin feed with just 5:19 left to play in regulation in a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center.
"It's a great group of guys here. I'd love to be back. But we'll see how things happen," he said. "It's a long way. We'll have to sit down with my family. Maybe we'll talk to Washington here in the next little while."
Hannan explained that he wanted to return.