Grading Washington Capitals' 2014 Free-Agent Signings After Day 1

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Grading Washington Capitals' 2014 Free-Agent Signings After Day 1
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Just over a month into his tenure as the general manager of the Washington Capitals, Brian MacLellan wasted no time in making a big splash on the NHL's free-agent market. 

Not long after the market opened at noon ET, many, such as NBC Sports' Joe Yerdon, reported that former Carolina backup goalie Justin Peters had inked a two-year deal with the Caps to provide depth behind Braden Holtby. 

But the first truly big news of the day was when word came out from The Canadian Press (via TSN) that the Caps had landed longtime Pittsburgh rearguard and two-time U.S. Olympian Brooks Orpik for five years at $27.5 million. 

And MacLellan wasn't done there. CBS Sports' Chris Peters reported that Washington had won the Matt Niskanen sweepstakes, giving the Caps two of the most coveted defensemen available this summer.  

After what has been one of the busiest NHL free-agency markets in recent memory, here are grades for each of MacLellan's Day 1 signings.

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