Eric Belanger was once thought to be the fix for the Caps' hole at second line center, a hole that still haunts the team to this day.
The Red Wings remain optimistic that free agent Daniel Alfredsson will re-sign with Detroit and play a 20th NHL season.
With two seasons remaining on his contract, look for Troy Brouwer to have a big say in how much the Capitals improve over last season.
The Blackhawks didn't make a splash in free agency, but strong core in place, they didn't have to. Are the pieces in place to return to the Stanley Cup Finals?
The Capitals and Penguins last met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2009. According to the Hockey News, it may not be long before they meet again in the postseason.