Ranking the 5 Worst Offseasons in Washington Capitals History

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Ranking the 5 Worst Offseasons in Washington Capitals History
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The 2013 offseason has been—and continues to be—an adventure for the Washington Capitals.

Free agency was not kind to the Caps, at least not initially. Gone from the team, via free agency, are Mike Ribeiro and longtime fan favorite Matt Hendricks.

Just when things seemed rather grim, the Caps made a potentially season-saving free-agency move of their own when they added Mikhail Grabovski, a man many believe can be even better than Ribeiro was a season ago.

Just before training camp began, as reported by The Washington Post,  the Caps filled out their roster when they finally re-signed Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million deal.

Just when it looked like things might calm down, there was more drama to be had.

As reported by The Washington Post, Brooks Laich lasted all of 10 minutes of the first practice before leaving the ice with a hip flexor injury re-igniting doubt about Laich's health for the coming season.

Then as reported by NHL.com, Grabovski—the presumed second line center—got stuck in Toronto and did not report to training camp on time as he had to sort out Visa issues.

Without question, it has been a strange offseason. Still, it is too early to classify it as a bad offseason.

Like all NHL teams, some offseasons have been worse than others for the Caps.

Let's take a look at some of the worst ones so far.

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