Early Winners and Losers of the Washington Capitals' Offseason

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Early Winners and Losers of the Washington Capitals' Offseason
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It has been a rather odd yet eventful offseason for the Washington Capitals so far.

As far as free agency, the Caps have had a rough go of it so far. The losses and damage to the roster have, thus far anyway, far outweighed the team's few additions.

Mike Ribeiro, one of the most consistent and solid performers for the Caps this past season, signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. In addition, Matt Hendricks signed a deal with Nashville.

On the first day of free agency alone, the Caps lost their second and fourth-line centers.

To make matters worse, viable options to replace Ribeiro and Hendricks vanished almost immediately. Tyler Bozak re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for five years and $21 million. Furthermore, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $25 million contract.

With the Caps needing a second-line center to replace Ribeiro and Mikhail Grabovski still available as a solid option, the Caps instead entered into one-year, two-way contracts with defenseman Tyson Strachan, right winger Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio.

The Caps did at least re-sign Karl Alzner. Marcus Johansson, however, remains an unsigned restricted free agent.

The 2013 NHL draft saw the Caps make six selections, many of whom show some potential.

The Caps also held their annual development camp about a week ago, where the organization got a better look at prospects such as newly drafted Andre Burakovsky and Madison Bowey, along with Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Riley Barber.

Odd and eventful indeed.

So, early in the offseason, who are the winners and losers for the Washington Capitals? This article will render some verdicts.

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