Back in the Saddle: Washington Capitals 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

October 6th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
Key Additions: G Dany Sabourin, RW Brian Willsie, C Matt Hendricks.

Key Subtractions: G Jose Theodore, D Milan Jurcina, D Joe Corvo, LW Alexandre Giroux, C Eric Belanger, D Shaone Morrisonn.

They were absolutely dominant last year, and looked like the can’t miss Stanley Cup winners. But for the Washington Capitals, it was one of the strangest turn of events in NHL history.

After cruising through the regular season with the best record and the biggest scorers, the Capitals were upended by the Montreal Canadiens in one of the biggest upsets (and collapses) ever. Such an event would be cause for alarm in many circles, but the Caps stuck to their guns and now look forward to proving that last year was only a fluke. They may be right.

For a team with the biggest offseason acquisition being (arguably) Matt Hendricks, the Capitals basically gave up their deadline deals and are returning just as poised as ever. And for head coach Bruce Boudreau, that’s just they way they like it.

Inside the Verizon Center, he’s known simply as “the Great 8.” He’s even got his own merchandise line emphasizing such. Alex Ovechkin has ...

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