Of the three Capitals veterans on the free agent market -- Mike Knuble, Alex Semin and Jeff Halpern -- would anyone have guessed that Halpern would be the first to sign with another team?
When the Capitals took Tom Wilson with the 16th overall pick in last months NHL entry draft, they were sending a memo to the rest of the league that they were willing to get bigger and meaner.
The Shane Doan watch is on, but dont expect the Capitals to be on the short list of NHL teams the Coyotes free-agent captain would be willing to sign with if he chooses not to return to Phoenix.
The Capitals signed another free agent on Saturday when they inked center Ryan Stoa to a one-year, two-way contract.
For Jay Beagle, its never been about the money. Its about the opportunity to be an integral part of an NHL team.