Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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Michal Neuvirth will be valuable to this organization, but in what capacity? (Clydeorama) At the beginning of the 2010-11 season, Michal Neuvirth entered Washington Capitals training camp as the de facto backup to Semyon Varlamov, who had established himself as a supremely talented youngster over the previous two seasons.  With the Caps’ former “starter,” Jose Theodore, now departed for Minnesota, Varlamov was set to carry the Capitals during the 2010-11 season in net, making good on the tremendous potential he had showcased over the previous 18 months.  At least, that was the plan. But as has been the case with almost everything involving the Washington Capitals over the last four years, things did not go according to plan.  Varlamov was frequently hurt, forcing Neuvirth in to the de facto starter’s role in his first full NHL season.  He responded brilliantly, and appeared to be the Caps’ long-term solution in goal.  But last season, a myriad of circumstances – Tomas Vokoun...
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