Washington Capitals: How the New Players Will Factor in This Season

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Washington Capitals: How the New Players Will Factor in This Season
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The Washington Capitals are entering the 2011-12 season with a few adjustments on their roster from the start of the previous season. Some of these new players came by way of trade, some by way of free agency, and all look to have a great impact for Bruce Boudreau's Washington Capitals this season.

While general manager George McPhee is not a big believer in large splashes in the free agent market, he did go out and sign a few veterans who will hope to contribute to a deep playoff run when spring rolls around.

One of the big factors that can be looked at when you examine the lack of Capitals playoff success could be the absence of veterans and leadership on the roster. McPhee set out to remedy that problem this offseason, and with a few moves, has players that bring experience to the fold at Verizon Center.

Let’s take a look at five of those incoming players and predict what they will add to the Caps' cup chances this season.

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