For the star players of the Washington Capitals—and for the fans as well—the start of the 2013-14 season cannot get here soon enough.
It has been an eventful offseason for the Caps. There were some truly low moments, such as losing both Mike Ribeiro and Matt Hendricks to free agency on the very first day.
Losing Ribeiro was a particularly tough blow to take. It wasn't just that the Caps lost their second line center and one of the best players on the team. It was that they lost him and got nothing in return making the decision to not move Ribeiro at the trade deadline look pretty foolish.
There were some good re-signings along the way too, such as locking down Karl Alzner for the next four years.
Still, the sense was that the Caps had missed the boat this offseason and that the loss of Ribeiro would be too much to overcome.
It's funny how one move changed the vibe of this team entirely.
Last week, the Caps made a great move when they signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract.
The general consensus—ironically among Toronto Maple Leafs' fans mostly—is that Grabovski was badly misused in Toronto by Randy Carlyle and that he could thrive in the Capitals' system. Either way, Grabovski will be a more than adequate replacement for Ribeiro and his addition changed the complexion of the Caps dramatically.
With the sour taste of the Game 7 drubbing by the New York Rangers still in their mouths, one can only imagine how eager the Caps are to get back onto the ice and try and right that wrong.
The Caps might not be quite as star studded as other teams but there are some truly excellent players on the team, each with their own attributes that make them who they are. How these players mesh together—and how their individual attributes contribute to the whole of the team—will go a long ways towards determining how well the Caps fare this season.
In this article, we will take a look at the Caps' star players and identify their best attribute.