The sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils and eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings defied the odds by getting to the Cup Final.
With Dennis Wideman likely to land with another NHL team, the Capitals will need to re-sign restricted free agent John Carlson and give him a bigger role next season.
A hard-hitting, straight-talking right wing, Troy Brouwer became a team leader in his first season with the Capitals.
After missing 31 games with a concussion Jay Beagle carved himself a niche as the Capitals' checking-line center.
The Washington Capitals have traded for center Zach Hamill in a deal that sent Chris Bourque to the Bruins.