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Six free agents who could help the Caps

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Six free agents who could help the Caps

When the Capitals made the decision to part ways with Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble, Jeff Halpern, Cody Eakin and Dennis Wideman, a total of 46 goals went with them.

Theoretically, the Caps gained back 18 goals with the acquisition of center Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars.

And while general manager George McPhee may say hes happy starting next season with the lineup he has, its no secret the Capitals could use a top-line right wing and a No. 4 or 5 defenseman if they hope to compete for the Southeast Division title.

Last year, McPhee was a busy man on July 1, signing Roman Hamrlik, Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern and Ryan Potulny, while also completing a trade with Colorado that sent goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the Avalanche for a first-round and a second-round draft pick in the 2012 draft.
The NHLs biggest shopping day begins at noon on Sunday and today well take a look at six forwards the Capitals may want to consider when the bell rings on Sunday:

Zach Parise, DevilsAge: 29
Position: Left wing
Last season: 31 goals, 38 assists, 60 points
2001-12 salary: 6 million
Skinny: Parise is the biggest fish in the pond and many speculate that could result in a contract of at least six years and a cap hit in the 8 million range. The Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins are believed to the front-runners, but Parise had a strong relationship with Adam Oates in New Jersey and that cant be underestimated if the Caps plan on making a push for Parise, who is strong in every area of the game.

Shane Doan, CoyotesAge: 36
Position: Right Wing
Last season: 22 goals, 28 assists, 50 points
2011-12 salary: 4.55 mill
Skinny: Doan would prefer to stay in Phoenix but with the teams future uncertain, he may look to sign a two- or three-year contract with a Stanley Cup contender. He is a playoff-tested warrior who would bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the Capitals locker room.

P.A. Parenteau, IslandersAge: 29
Position: Right Wing
Last season: 18 goals, 49 assists, 67 points
2011-12 salary: 1.25 million
Skinny: Some say he benefitted from being on a line with John Tavares and he did. But he still put up big numbers and his 49 assists would have led the Capitals by a wide margin. The downside is that he is more of a set-up guy than a sniper and the Caps already have two set-up men in Nicklas Backstrom and Ribeiro.

Ray Whitney, CoyotesAge: 40
Position: Left Wing
Last season: 24 goals, 53 assists, 77 points
2011-12 salary: 3 million
Skinny: Say what you want about his age. Whitney put up more points than anyone on the Capitals last season and would be a perfect fit as a No. 2 left wing behind Alex Ovechkin. That would also allow Jason Chimera to play his more natural role of third-line left wing.

Dustin Penner, KingsAge: 29Position: Right Wing
Last season: 7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points
2011-12 salary: 4.25 million
Skinny: Penner has fallen a long way since scoring 29 goals as a rookie with Anaheim in 2005-06, but the guy has now won two Stanley Cups one with the Ducks and another with the Kings and has produced 30 points 10 goals and 20 assists in 60 career playoff games.

Jaromir Jagr, FlyersAge: 40
Position: Right Wing
Last season: 19 goals, 35 assists, 54 points
2011-12 salary: 3.3 million
Skinny: Crazy, right? Everyone in Philly thought the same thing last summer and by all accounts Jagr was a stand-up guy in the locker room and a great influence on the Flyers younger players. And he helped the Flyers knock the Penguins out of the playoffs, which has to count for something. George McPhee would probably shudder at the thought and so would most Caps fans.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

The Capitals re-signed one of their lone remaining restricted free agents, but it's not the big-name you were waiting for. Madison Bowey signed a two-year deal with Washington in a deal that will carry a $2 million cap hit, the team announced Thursday.

Bowey, 23, did not start last season with Washington, but was called up and made his NHL debut on Oct. 14 due to an injury to Matt Niskanen. He played in 51 games last season and tallied 12 assists.

With Bowey's signing, Tom Wilson remains the team's only remaining restricted free agent.

More on this story to come.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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