The Caps lost some key players this offseason. Some departures were expected. Justin Williams, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik were all unrestricted free agents. Given the team's cap situation, a return to Washington was unlikely. Some departures, however, were not.
With an immediate need for help on defense the New Jersey Devils selected Reilly Walsh with their second 3rd round pick (81st overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft. The 5'11" Walsh averaged over two points per game (69 points in 30 games) at Proctor Academy during 2016-17 and is committed to attend
Jaromir Jagr is still unsigned just over a month before NHL training camps open, which would be the saddest news ever were it not for the recent developments in mutually assured nuclear annihilation. Jagr, 45, still has something to offer, having posted 46 points in 82 games last season with the Florida