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Goalie Braden Holtby, a playoff hero for the Capitals this past spring, is keeping sharp during the NHL lockout by playing with Washington’s top farm team, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (The Washington Times)

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Capitals coach Adam Oates (second from left) was able to oversee prospects at development camp, then came the NHL lockout. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals coach Adam Oates (second from left) was able to oversee prospects at development camp, then came the NHL lockout. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Donald Fehr, center, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, stands with players, from left, Chicago Blackhawks’ Steve Montador, Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin as he speaks to reporters following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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Washington Capitals Troy Brouwer fields questions from reporters during the Washington Capitals' last "Media Day" at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 14, 2012, following their elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 7 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference Semifinals again the New York Rangers. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, Washington Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin, left, of Russia, seen during the Continental Hockey League, or KHL, ice hockey match between Dynamo Moscow and Neftekhimik, in Moscow. Ovechkin has returned to his former Russian team Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout. The KHL team said in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, that they have signed the Capitals star to a contract that lasts until the lockout ends. (AP Photo/Alexander Safonov)

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The NHL season was set to begin Oct. 11 and the Washington Capitals' season Oct. 12. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin, of Russia, enters the rink before the Continental Hockey League, or KHL, ice hockey match between Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Minsk, in Moscow on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Ovechkin has returned to his former Russian team Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout. The KHL team said in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, that they have signed the Capitals star to a contract that lasts until the lockout ends. (AP Photo/Alexei Bezzubov, KHL)

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Brooks Laich won't lead the NHL in scoring, but the versatile center's value to the Washington Capitals can be measured in the six-year, $27 million contract he signed. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin, of Russia, enters the rink before the Continental Hockey League, or KHL, ice hockey match between Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Minsk, in Moscow on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Ovechkin has returned to his former Russian team Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout. The KHL team said in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, that they have signed the Capitals star to a contract that lasts until the lockout ends. (AP Photo/Alexei Bezzubov, KHL)

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** FILE ** Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of the Lightning's 4-3 home win on Jan. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Dany Sabourin in goal during an NHL preseason hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Donald Fehr, center, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, stands with players, from left, Chicago Blackhawks’ Steve Montador, Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin as he speaks to reporters following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his game-winning goal with David Krejci in the Bruins' 4-3 overtime road win over the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the first-round playoff series on April 22, 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Capitals player Alex Ovechkin talks with the media at the Kettler Ice Complex in Arlington on Thursday, May 5, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth went 13-13-5 with a 2.82 goals-against average and .903 save percentage last season. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)