Aside from the lockout, a few Capitals players have gone overseas to the KHL to hone their skills and keep from getting rusty if the NHL were to return and salvage the remainder of the season.
Newly acquired Capitals players wait to play in their first game with the organization, and this leads to many unanswered questions.
Have the Capitals found a true second-line center in Mike Ribeiro?
Will Braden Holby be able to keep the starting goaltender job after stellar play in the playoffs last season?
Of course, the answers to these questions remain on hold as the NHL and NHLPA hammer out a new CBA.
These are the top four stories to watch while the Washington Capitals are locked out.