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It’s Washington Capitals day on PHT

Jul 31, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin AP

Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, that squad is the Washington Capitals.

The Caps will be a different-looking team from the one that took to the ice in 2011-12. The new look starts behind the bench, where rookie head coach (and former franchise great) Adam Oates takes over for Dale Hunter, who led the Caps to within a game of last year’s Eastern Conference finals.

Oates will be aided by a pair of new assistants — Calle Johansson and former Caps assistant Tim Hunter — and together, they’ll be in charge of molding a team that lost All-Star defenseman Dennis Wideman and former 40-goal scorer Alex Semin during the offseason.

As for additions — Washington didn’t bring in a ton of new faces this summer, but there are a few. The most notable is Mike Ribeiro, acquired at the draft in exchange for Cody Eakin and a second-round pick. A playmaking center, Ribeiro should slot in nicely on the Capitals’ second line and give them the depth down the middle they lacked last season.

In other moves, the Caps re-signed two-time Norris nominee Mike Green and retained the services of key depth forwards Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault.

So yeah, stick around throughout the day as we take a closer look at the Washington Capitals. I’m sure we’ll mention Alexander Ovechkin at some point.

  1. micklethepickle - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    C-A-P-S Gooooo Caps!!!

    • polegojim - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Sorry Mickle – very little faith in the Caps same-ole same-ole.

      They did nothing in offseason to make themselves notably better, nor to instill deeper confidence, nor to address their inability to finish a Stanley Cup season.

      I wish it were otherwise true, but it’s not.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Should be an interesting day.

  3. caps247 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    It’s about time. Been waiting for this day to come, for Caps news had started to come to a trickle.
    Hockey Deprived fan here.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    So did you mommy make you a bowl of Boo Berry cereal this morning or pancakes with a smiley face made from whipped cream on top? Bet you’re super excited for lunch when she spells out ‘I love you’ with the Campbells alphabet soup letters.

    Life in your parents basement must get lonely after 30+ years…

    • therealjr - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      And seriously, would it kill them to get an intern to mod these comments?

      • Mike Halford - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        We’re trying. We continually ban these guys but they keep coming back under different names and IP addresses. We’ll keep doing it, but it’s very difficult to stop entirely.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Appreciate the effort Mike.

  5. therealjr - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Wideman had a good half a season and was no longer needed.

  6. kotteintheslot - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Is it October 12th yet?

  7. mclovinhockey - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Doing great work Mike… But now it looks like some users are yelling at no one haha.

  8. capitalspearljam - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    i dont believe the caps have a cup team here, but its gonna be a waiting game for those top prospects and in that time this core group can mature alittle bit more. Should be interesting how the goalie situation plays out… Being 20 minutes from hershey, i got to watch both neuvy and holtby play alot of games…… holtby seems to be hungrier and more driven to prove he deserves to be on the nhl level. should def make the playoffs, and have another run…. cant wait for the puck to drop

  9. noahbhs11 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Holtby dominates

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