“You never want to see [a suspension] happen,” Boyd said. “But I mean, from my standpoint of it, absolutely that's a chance."

The home of the Capitals and Wizards will also introduce no-bag "Express" lines at the F Street entrance this season.

The Capitals have had success with low-risk, inexpensive reclamation projects in recent years, notably forwards Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly.

  • Perspective

In wake of suspension, the Capitals forward must confront some hard questions.

The suspension is for "inappropriate conduct," and Kuznetsov won't appeal it. "Growing as a person, I want to get better,” he told reporters in his first public comments about the incident.

“We’re all big fans of his,” director of player development Steve Richmond said of the defenseman in July. “I think he’s got a chance to play in the NHL this year.

Washington appears restored after its longest offseason since missing the playoffs after the 2013-14 season.

Kuznetsov met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, and Washington is waiting to hear if he'll receive any additional discipline for his positive cocaine test with the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Moving past the weight of trying to defend the Stanley Cup, coach will now manage a roster full of offseason additions.

The Capitals captain surprised kids and shoppers during a tour to promote his new Ovi O's cereal.

Braden Holtby is Washington's undisputed top netminder, but prospects Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov will be vying to unseat Copley as his understudy.

Kempny, who is still recovering from the torn left hamstring he suffered in March, will not be skating with the team when training camp opens Friday.

Orpik will primarily work with defenseman prospects, specifically those with the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey.

Underwhelming depth contributions during the playoffs led to the additions of Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic.

Capitals center does not face NHL punishment at this time and will meet with Commissioner Gary Bettman before the start of training camp.

Depth forward avoids arbitration with Washington, but a spot in the regular-season lineup is no guarantee.

The ruling will push Washington over the salary cap and force the team to make a change in their projected roster for the upcoming season.

The Capitals captain will attend youth hockey clinics and business development meetings during his visit.

The 23-year-old is coming off a career season with 24 goals, ranking third on the team, and 23 assists.

Brett Leason, 20, was a late bloomer who needed time to improve his skating and gain a sense of himself.

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