Top Storylines for Washington Capitals 2013-14 Training Camp

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Top Storylines for Washington Capitals 2013-14 Training Camp
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The Washington Capitals open the doors on training camp this Thursday, Sept. 12.

For Caps fans everywhere, Thursday can't get here soon enough.

A lot has happened since the Caps were smoked by the New York Rangers 5-0 at home in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Gone from the team are Mike Ribeiro and long-time fan favorite, Matt Hendricks.

Added to the team, however, was Mikhail Grabovski, a man many believe can be even better than Ribeiro was a season ago.

In fact, that last piece of the Caps puzzle, so to speak, was completed when, as reported by The Washington Post,  they finally re-signed Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million deal.

Without question, it has been an interesting offseason for the Caps. There have been moments to be rather upset about. Then again, there have been other occurrences about which fans should be excited.

When training camp opens, the Caps will have just 19 days to get ready for opening night in Chicago against the defending champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.

It will be the Caps first regular season game against a Western Conference team since March 25, 2012, when the Caps shut out the Minnesota Wild, 3-0.

Heading into training camp, what will be the big story lines facing the Washington Capitals as they get ready for their first season in the Metropolitan division?

Here are three storylines to keep an eye on as training camp gets going this week.

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