This past summer was one of the most significant in recent memory for the Washington Capitals, as general manager George McPhee shook up a team that had once again suffered a premature playoff exit, this time with a sweep by division rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Through trades or free agency, Jason Arnott, Matt Bradley, Eric Fehr, Andrew Gordon, Boyd Gordon, Scott Hannan, Tyler Sloan, Marco Sturm and Semyon Varlamov all left and were replaced by Troy Brouwer, Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik, Tomas Vokoun, and Joel Ward.
The Caps are now 36 games into the 2011-12 season and sit at 10th in the Eastern Conference with a measly 40 points. Opinions about the season are starting to form, along with opinions about the new players the Caps acquired over the summer.
Here are the grades for each of the five new Caps players.