Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was on pace to challenge for the NHL scoring title before a concussion interrupted his season.
Forward Keith Aucoin played in all 14 playoff games and is a solid role player on the fourth line. But will the Capitals go younger next season with their depth players?
The Capitals and their AHL affiliate will remain partners through the 2013-14 season. As part of the agreement the Bears will play at the Verizon Center next season.
In just his second full NHL season Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner quietly became the team's best and most reliable blue liner.