Though there are many NHL teams that have made big moves over the summer, the Washington Capitals may be the most improved club entering the 2011-12 season and appear to have the best roster in franchise history.
After four straight disappointing playoff exits, the team's brain trust went into the offseason looking to add proven veterans to compliment their already impressive roster and executed that plan perfectly.
The Capitals' nucleus remains intact for at least one more season, and with the new additions, this team seems poised to erase their postseason shortcomings in 2012.
While fans in Washington have had reasons to be excited about their Capitals since Alex Ovechkin entered the league in 2005, the expectations for this season are higher than ever, and fans have to believe that 2012 could be the year that the Caps bring home the organization's first Stanley Cup.
With that in mind, here are seven reasons to be excited about the Washington Capitals in 2011-12.