Originally written May 16, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Capitals entered the regular season as a Stanley Cup favorite, entered the playoffs as a disappointing dark horse and enter the off-season somewhere in between. In what will be remembered as a roller coaster ride with wild swings of emotion, the Capitals' 2011-12 season ended with the team falling one win short of the Eastern Conference Finals. It also ended with them finding a new No. 1 goalie in Braden Holtby and losing a head coach in Dale Hunter. Two days after the Capitals were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the seventh and deciding game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Hunter announced he would return to his home in London, Ontario, where he has co-owned and operated the OHL London Knights for the past 12 years. Hunter convinced his players to play a more defensive-minded game but in the process he seemed to alienate star players Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. The two Russians have been teammates since Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005, but there ...
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