You can't accuse the Capitals of sticking with the status quo. Saturday's bombshell that goalie Tomas Vokoun had signed for just $1.5 million completes a roster overhaul that began in May. Out are last season's trade rentals -- defenseman Scott Hannan, center Jason Arnott and winger Marco Sturm -- and mainstay forwards Boyd Gordon and Matt Bradley. In are forwards Jeff Halpern -- the new fourth-line center and former team captain -- and Joel Ward as free agent signings. Troy Brouwer was acquired in a draft-day trade, though as a restricted free agent he still needs to be signed. Mattias Sjogren, a 23-year-old from the Swedish Elite League, suddenly finds himself trying to crack a veteran lineup. But he, too, represents that new way forward -- a two-way presence, yes, but in reality someone who is just hard to play against. Washington needed more speed among its bottom six forwards and an added element of ... let's politely call it feistiness or grit. Not that Gordon or Bradley didn't provide some. But the Caps needed more. If they could do that and still upgrade offensively, then all the better.
For Caps, a net gain
Washington Examiner | Jul 5