Ranking the 5 Most Important Players on the Washington Capitals Roster

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Ranking the 5 Most Important Players on the Washington Capitals Roster
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As is the case with any team in today's NHL that features at least five players making at least $5 million a piece annually, the Washington Capitals are a rather top-heavy team. 

According to CapGeek.com, Washington's five most expensive players, a group that consists of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, occupy more than 48 percent of the team's available $69 million in cap space. 

Consequently, the Capitals rely heavily on a handful of players to carry the mail on a nightly basis, and the team's fortunes often hinge on their ability to deliver. 

With that in mind, here's a look at Washington's five most important players heading into Barry Trotz's first season at the wheel with the Caps.  

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