Sep 17, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker (79) shoots the puck at the goal during the game against the Boston Bruins at 1st Mariner Arena. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals Clicks: Playoffs?, Nathan Walker

Happy Friday Everyone! The weekend if finally here and we are one day closer to the start of the hockey season.  Here are your daily links for the Washington Capitals.

The Washington Capitals made a big splash on day one by signing both Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.  They also spent the most money on day one out of any other team.  Marc-Andre Fleury commented on the loss of both Orpik and Niskanen.

“They were two big parts of our team, that’s for sure,” Fleury said of Niskanen and Orpik. “We have lots of young guys coming up and I guess they’ll have to fill bigger roles… Some of them played with us last year because we had injuries.”

The question in Washington right now is whether or not the moves made in the front office, behind the bench, and on the ice, will be enough to change the present streak of 1 missed playoff year.  Will it be a minor blip in what was a 6 year streak of making the playoffs, or will a rebuilding style come into effect and the drought move past 1 year? [The Hockey Writers]

Nathan Walker is the first Australian born player to be drafted in the National Hockey League and his dream has been to play in the Stanley Cup finals for a chance to be a champion.  Walker played for the Hersey Bears after playing in the US Hockey League. After being passed over in the past two drafts, 2014 had to be his year or free agency would be his new partner, based on the strict NHL guidelines. The Washington Capitals saw something in him and made their move. Will the Washington Capitals be the ones to fulfill his hopes and dreams? [Fox Sports]

With the Capitals closing on signing Paul Bissonnette one has to take into account that they only have 1.1M available in cap space.  Will they have to move someone else to make room for the 4th line enforcer? If so, who is the one to move? Mike Green comes to the top of my head quickly. Another that has been mentioned in the past has been Troy Brouwer as well.  []

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