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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Tyler Sloan
During the NHL's annual buyout period, teams like the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers parted ways with veterans with big, long-term contracts. But among Chris Drury, Sheldon Souray and other big names, the Washington Capitals went through the process with 30-year-old defenseman Tyler Sloan on June 30.
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.
Three games in a row, the Capitals have fallen victim to ill-timed injuries, all to defensemen, all forcing the team to play short-handed on the back end.
Sloan said he didn't know why all of a sudden the Caps' defensemen have been hit by a rash of injuries but expects it to stop soon.
"The way I felt, I just did some things and made sure that we didn't wanna push it," Sloan said. "I really wanted to go back out there, but I gotta keep my health in mind a little bit, and doctors are good. It was a good decision, because I feel good today."