Capitals general manager George McPhee insisted last month that Brooks Laich could capably take over as his team’s second line center this coming season.
With franchise star Jarome Iginla traded last season and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester right behind him, the familiar faces are few and far between.
The NHL seems to change its division alignments and scheduling formats almost annually. No sport is as willing to eschew tradition.
The Capitals rank toward the bottom of the league in spending in goal, but have gotten a solid return for their investment. Who is the longterm answer?