Adam Oates has a new office and a new coaching staff but no players to coach.
George McPhee has a perch above the Capitals' practice rink, but no hockey to watch.
Like all NHL owners, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has been asked to refrain from commenting on negotiations between the league and its players.
The war of words between the NHL and its players continued late Friday night after the players request for a temporary injunction against a lockout was rejected by the Quebec Labor Relations Board.
Capitals center and NHLPA representative Brooks Laich is passionate about his hockey and can talk a blue streak.