While other teams turn to veteran free agents to fill roster holes, the Washington Capitals have protected the integrity of their salary cap by making a commitment to young talent.
"We're starting Friday night with 11 of our own first-round picks in the lineup," General Manager George McPhee said. "The league average is four. The closest team to us has seven. So we put this plan together, and we're in pretty good shape. It's a good team. They're our guys, and hopefully it leads to a Cup one of these days."
Here's a scoreboard with today's slate of opening-day games.
One of our Box Seats bloggers has a Caps season-preview set of hockey haikus (offense, defense, goaltending and predictions). Enjoy.
Stay tuned for the complete Capitals season preview, coming tomorrow online and in print.
AROUND THE WEB
Ted's to-do list around Verizon Center has some check marks: More red, wi-fi access, new Red Rocker uniforms, "Green initiatives." (Ted's Take)
Here's why Olie Kolzig is a fan favorite. (RMNB)
More on the Caps' patience with their youngsters. (Examiner)