Before signing with the Capitals in July 2011, Joel Ward established himself as an everyday NHL player with a three-year stint with the Nashville Predators.
With no chance of the playoffs, a look back at a roller coaster season for the Caps.
Back in September it was one of the most hotly debated topics coming out of training camp:
For the most part, hockey enforcers are an admirable bunch. They put their pride and their faces on the line for their teammates every night.