Originally posted on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 5/15/12

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20: 27th overall pick, John Carlson of the Washington Capitals poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
Here’s Caps correspondent Brad Parker with the companion piece to his earlier post, Five Caps Players That Benefit From Dale Hunter’s Departure. 1. John Carlson Yes, Carlson struggled during the regular season. For the first time fans in Washington were questioning him. But the whole time he had a friend behind the bench. Carlson played for Hunter in London and Hunter is nothing if not loyal. Not that another coach would have sent Carlson to Hershey or anything, but I don’t think he ever thought his playing time was in jeopardy. Sure, he was separated from Karl Alzner for a while, but by season end Carlzner was back and his old coach was running the show. Of course, Carlson also played for Bruce Boudreau in the minors. Next season there’s the very real chance that for the first time in his NHL career Carlson won’t be playing for a coach he knows very well. 2. Dennis Wideman The Capitals lone representative at the 2012 NHL All Star game did not have a postseason that could be de...
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