Washington Capitals' Biggest Short-Term and Long-Term Problems

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Washington Capitals' Biggest Short-Term and Long-Term Problems
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As the Washington Capitals begin to gear up for the 2013-14 season, the franchise has to be keenly aware of its strengths and weaknesses.

The Caps have been one of the most successful franchises in the NHL—during the regular season at least—over the past five-plus years. Still, things are far from perfect. This coming season might just demonstrate where the team is alright and where improvements have to be made.

Every NHL team has its share of short-term and long-term problems and issues. The Capitals are no exception. And what has worked for them the past six years will probably not work as well, particularly with the Caps moving to a much more difficult division this season.

What are the team's biggest short-term problems? What are its biggest long-term issues?

This article will take a closer look at the sorts of things the Caps will have to deal with in the immediate future and beyond.

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