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Washington Capitals Clicks Braden Holtby Brooks Laich Marcus Johansson

Happy Wednesday everyone. Here’s today’s news and links about the Washington Capitals!

Washington Capitals

  • Here are five questions that the Washington Capitals must answer by October. (Rant Sports)
  • Brooks Laich assess the Washington Capitals’ struggles. (NHL.com)

“My honest opinion is not making the playoffs last year might have been the greatest day going forward for our organization, because I really think it made us all take a look in the mirror and at our failures and why we are failing,” Laich told NHL.com. “If we would have made the playoffs and lost in the first or second round it would have been the same old story, but you wouldn’t have had that hard, brutally honest look at yourselves to realize why you are failing.”

“I’ve heard it,” Holtby said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “It’s nice to have some confidence in you to start. But I always know in the past, and obviously the last few years, you’re only as good as the game you start next. It’s nice to have confidence in me that they believe in what I can do, and I do as well, but once we get on the ice, I want to fight for every game I can play and make sure that confidence is in the right place and it’s up to me to find it.”

There are two ways this season can go for Johansson, who is entering the final year of a two-year, $4 million contract. He can have a long-awaited breakout season and cash in with a lucrative extension with the Capitals [he is a restricted free agent after this season], or he can remain stagnant and force general manager Brian MacLellan into a difficult decision at the 2015 trade deadline.

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