Two days after leading the Capitals to a Game 7 defeat to the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Dale Hunter has decided to walk away.
One month ago Mike Knuble saw the writing on the wall. His 15-year NHL career would end as a healthy scratch on a team that barely clawed its way into the playoffs.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom knows exactly how the New York Rangers are feeling right about now.
He is 22 years old and playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in his career.