Washington Capitals: Top 30 Players In Franchise History

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Larry Murphy

Coming in at number 19 on our countdown of the greatest Washington Capitals players in franchise history is Larry Murphy. Murphy is a Hall of Fame defenseman. However, most of his career was spent with other teams. He spent six seasons with the Capitals. That was the longest that he spent with any team, but he spent four or more seasons with four teams.

Murphy started off his career with a three season span with the Los Angeles Kings. The Capitals boldly traded for him during the 1983-1984 season. Murphy would form an incredible trio with fellow Hall of Famers Rod Langway and Scott Stevens. In his six seasons with the Capitals, Murphy played in 453 games. He had an almost unheard of 344 points during those 453 games. He played a huge role with the Capitals before budgetary reasons forced them to trade him to the Minnesota North Stars in 1988-1989 season.

Murphy would go on to play for the North Stars for three seasons before joining the Penguins and winning two Stanley Cups in five seasons. He played for two seasons in Toronto before being traded to the Red Wings. He won two more Stanley Cups in five seasons for the Red Wings, including one against the Caps.

Before anyone starts talking about how amazing the Caps defense is right now, just remember that the 1983-1984 Caps had THREE hall of famers on their blue line.

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