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2011–12 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 2nd Southeast
Conference 7th Eastern
2011–12 record 42–32–8 (92 pts.)
Home record 26–11–4
Road record 16–21–4
Goals for 222
Goals against 230
General Manager George McPhee
Coach Bruce Boudreau (Oct–Nov)
Dale Hunter (Nov-May)
Captain Alexander Ovechkin
Alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom
Mike Knuble
Troy Brouwer (Feb-May)
Brooks Laich (Feb-May)
Arena Verizon Center
Average attendance 18,506 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (37)
Assists Dennis Wideman (35)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (64)
Penalties in minutes Matt Hendricks (93)
Wins Tomas Vokoun (25)
Goals against average Tomas Vokoun (2.51)

The 2011–12 Washington Capitals season was the franchise’s 38th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Off-season Edit

Alexander Semin 2011-05-01

Alexander Semin was the subject of Matt Bradley's comments

During the off-season The Capitals made several player changes. One of the players that was not retained by the team, Matt Bradley, started a controversy with his comments from a radio interview in Ottawa. In the interview Bradley said his former team was "a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren’t disciplined the way they should have been." which were the two biggest reasons why the team was not able to advance past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He later stated that head coach Bruce Boudreau did not give the most ice time to players who were playing well, but went with his star players. He further noted that Boudreau was a "great coach" who had been put in a tough position. When asked to point out examples Bradley stated that Alexander Semin "could easily be the best player in the league" but he "just doesn’t care" further noting "When you've got a guy like that, you need him to be your best player, or one of your best players, and when he doesn't show up, you almost get the sense that he wants to be back in Russia." Semin's agent came to his client's defense stating he "always cares".[1] While teammate Mike Knuble noted that the language barrier affects the way that Semin is perceive and the comments were something Bradley regretted.[2] When asked about the comments former Capitals' forward David Steckel stated that "It's not like he went out and told lies."[3] Bradley later apologized for his comments in an interview with the Sun Sentinel.[4]

Including Bradley the Capitals lost six players who played for them in the playoffs as well as back-up goaltender Semyon Varlamov. To replace some the departed players Washington traded its 2011 first round draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for veteran winger Troy Brouwer. A member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship team in 2010.[5] They signed Joel Ward as a free agent, adding grit and the hopes that he could duplicate his 2011 playoff success.[6] Ward scored 7 goals and 13 points in 12 playoff games with the Nashville Predators, after scoring 10 goals and 29 points in 80 regular season games.[7] In net they added veteran Tomas Vokoun, who was considered to be one of the top goaltenders in the 2011 free agent class. He signed a one-year $1.5 million contract, well below his believed market value, to have a chance at winning a Stanley Cup.[8][9] After making these and other off-season moves the Capitals were over the NHL salary cap. The expectation was that defenseman Tom Poti would not be able to play due to injury. Washington would place him on long-term injured reserve and Poti's $2.9 million salary would not count against the cap total. Unexpectedly Poti told the Capitals that he would be ready to play by training camp.[10] However Poti failed his medical exam prior to training camp and was placed on long-term injured reserve.[11]

Regular season Edit

October – November Edit


Tomas Vokoun, show here with the Florida Panthers, was named the third star of the week in October

In the season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes Boudreau made a "surprise" decision to start goaltender Michal Neuvirth.[12] Boudreau stated that the reason behind his decision was a reward for Neuvirth hard work in training camp.[13] Prior to the Capitals' second game Neuvirth sustained a bruised foot and was unable to play.[14] In his Capitals debut Vokoun struggled allowing 5 goals on 28 shots, but Washington won the game 6–5 in a shootout. In the post game interview Vokoun blamed himself for the high number of goals and thanked his teammates for getting him the win in a game he should have lost.[15] Vokoun rebounded in his second game making 39 saves in a 3–2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[16] He continued his strong play and was named the NHL's third star of the week ending October 23 and helped the Caps to a franchise record seven game win streak to start a season.[17][18]

After losing two straight games Washington was down 4–3 to the Anaheim Ducks in the final minutes of the game.[19][20] With the goaltender pulled Boudreau decided to play the third line of Ward, Brooks Laich, and Jason Chimera with Nicklas Backstrom as the extra attacker. Boudreau stated that he was "playing a hunch" by leaving star forward Alex Ovechkin on the bench. The move paid off as Backstrom scored to force overtime. He also scored the game winner in overtime assisted by Ovechkin.[20][21] When asked about being left on the bench in a post game interview Ovechkin stated that Laich's line deserved to be on the ice. Though video showed Ovechkin visibly upset about being left on the bench.[20] The following day Ovechkin stated that he was upset about not being on the ice in the final minutes but that he understood Boudreau's decision.[21]

Following the benching incident the Capitals went 2–5–0 leading up to their November 21 game against the Phoenix Coyotes. For the game Boudreau made headlines again for sitting one of his star players. This time making Semin a healthy scratch.[22] Semin led the team in penalty minutes (PIMs) as well as being tied for second in the NHL with 14 minor penalties. Boudreau previously bench Semin for the second half of a game versus the New Jersey Devils after the winger had taken two minors and was not focused.[23] Washington defeated Phoenix the game 4–3.[24] The Hockey News' Ken Campbell applauded the benching of Ovechkin stating that in the past Boudreau had shown a willingness to continually put is star plays out on the ice despite how they were playing and accept the consequences. Campbell noted the move was Boudreau "addressing his most glaring problem as a coach".[25] NBC's Mike Halford echoed Campbell's statement when discussing the benching of Semin, commenting that it was a "bold move" and the latest in a series of messages sent by Boudreau. Though he further questioned if the new stance would eventually cost him his job.[22]

The moves did not produce the desired results as Capitals lost six of eight games, with Ovechkin scoring only one goal during the same stretch. As a result Washington fired Boudreau on November 28 and replaced him with former Capitals captain, Dale Hunter. Hunter was the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) London Knights when he was hired. During his time with London he set an OHL record for fastest coach to 300 and 400 career wins.[26] The Capitals lost Hunter's coaching debut 2–1 to the St. Louis Blues. The following day Boudreau spoke to the media about being fired. He stated that general manager George McPhee made the "right decision at the time" and that despite speculation he did not feel that Ovechkin was a problem stating that he "worked as hard and tried as hard as he could".[27]

December – January Edit

The Capitals did not get Hunter his first NHL win until his third game. The 3–2 win over the Ottawa Senators broke a four game losing streak.[28] In the rematch four days later Ovechkin appeared to spear Senators forward Chris Neil. Following a Neil hit on Ovechkin the pair skated up the ice when Neil fell to the ice following the spear. Neil was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for diving.[29] The spearing penalty, if called, would have resulted in a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct.[30] Later in the game Ovechkin scored the eventual game winning goal. It was his first goal in six games. When asked about the incident after the game Neil described it as a "pitchfork in the gut" while Ovechkin stated he was "not the type of guy who spears players."[29] The following day a league spokesman stated that Ovechkin would not be suspended or fined for the spear.[31]

The December 28th game vs. the New York Rangers marked the return of fourth line forward Jay Beagle. Beagle missed 31 games with a concussion suffered in a fight against the Penguins' Arron Asham.[32] The fight itself had generated a minor controversy as Asham, an experienced fighter, made celebratory gestures after knocking out Beagle, who was in his first career NHL fight. Several Capitals expressed their displeasure with Asham after the game, while Asham himself called his actions "classless".[33][34] Beagle's work ethic in his return was called contagious by teammate Matt Hendricks and helped the Capitals to a 4–1 victory.[32]

Ovechkin 10-05-08

Alex Ovechkin was suspended and chose not to attend the NHL All-Star Game

In late December Ovechkin went on a seven game point streak that featured the two point games in the final four games of the streak. In conjunction with the point streak he scored eight goals in nine games.[35] Washington went 5–1–1 during the streak which was snapped in a 5–2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on January 7.[36] In the game prior to the streak being snapped Capitals defenseman Mike Green returned from a groin injury that kept him out for 23 games.[37] Washington defeated the Calgary Flames 3–1 in the contest, which moved their record to 9–0–0 with Green in the line-up.[38] The news coming out of the game was not all good. During the game Capitals leading scorer Backstrom was elbowed in the head by the Flames' Rene Bourque.[39] Backstrom underwent concussion testing which was inconclusive, he suffered from what was described as "concussion-like symptoms" and was eventually placed on injured reserve.[40][41] Bourque was suspended five games for delivering the elbow.[42] Compounding the Capitals injury problem was the loss of Green, in just his second game back he re-injured his groin and was placed on long term injured reserve.[43] Towards the end of January the Capitals received a suspension of their own. During a gave versus the Penguins Ovechkin delivered a hit to Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek. On the hit Ovechkin launched himself into Michalek's shoulder, the force of the hit caused Ovechkin to make contact with Michalek's head. The following day it was announced that Ovechkin was suspended for three games for the reckless hit despite not receiving a penalty on the play during the game. Vice president of player safety, Brendan Shanahan, stated the length of the suspension took into account that Ovechkin was a repeat offender, having been suspended twice before and fined twice as well, it also took into consideration that Michalek was not injured on the play.[44] Interestingly, Michalek, who also had a hearing for an illegal hit in the same game – in which he propelled his elbow into the side of Capitals player Matt Hendricks' head – avoided any fine or punishment from Shanahan. Without Ovechkin, Backstrom, or Green, Washington defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in the final game before the All-Star break to move into first place in the division.[45]

Washington had two players named to the NHL All-Star Game. Despite having a down season by his standards Ovechkin was named to the All-Star Game.[46][47] However, due to his suspension Ovechkin announced that he did not want to be a distraction at the game and that he was not comfortable going, and declined to attend the All-Star weekend.[48] Dennis Wideman was the Capitals other All-Star, he recorded 34 points leading into the break while averaging over 24 minutes of ice time per game.[49]


The Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins in the opening round, four games to three. For the first time in NHL history, each of the seven games was decided by one goal. The Capitals advanced to the second round, the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the New York Rangers. The Capitals lost the series four games to three. One day after the loss, the Capitals head coach, Dale Hunter stepped down on May 14.[50]


Divisional standings Edit

Southeast Division[51]
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
2 Washington Capitals 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
3 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
4 Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
5 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82

Conference standings Edit

Eastern Conference[52]
1 z – New York Rangers * AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins * NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers * SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast; ROW: Total of games won in regulation or overtime, not shootout.

* – Division leader, y – Clinched division, z Clinched conference (and division)

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-season Edit

Regular seasonEdit

Playoffs Edit

Key:      Win      Loss      Clinch Playoff Series      Eliminated from playoffs

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit


Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 78 38 27 65 −8 26
Semin, AlexanderAlexander Semin 77 21 33 54 9 56
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 80 14 32 46 −5 8
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 82 11 35 46 −8 46
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 42 14 30 44 −4 24
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich 82 16 25 41 −8 34
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 82 20 19 39 4 78
Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 82 18 15 33 −15 61
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 82 9 23 32 −15 22
Perreault, MathieuMathieu Perreault 64 16 14 30 9 24
Orlov, DmitriDmitri Orlov 60 3 16 19 1 18
Knuble, MikeMike Knuble 72 6 12 18 −15 32
Ward, JoelJoel Ward 73 6 12 18 12 20
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 82 1 16 17 12 29
Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern 69 4 12 16 −1 24
Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik 68 2 11 13 11 34
Aucoin, KeithKeith Aucoin 27 3 8 11 4 0
Hendricks, MattMatt Hendricks 78 4 5 9 −6 95
Eakin, CodyCody Eakin 30 4 4 8 2 4
Green, MikeMike Green 32 3 4 7 5 12
Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz 54 1 5 6 −2 12
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 41 4 1 5 −2 23
Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine 28 0 2 2 3 51
Collins, SeanSean Collins 2 0 0 0 −1 0
King, D.J.D.J. King 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kundratek, TomasTomas Kundratek 5 0 0 0 0 2
Rechlicz, JoelJoel Rechlicz 3 0 0 0 0 10

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 14 5 4 9 -2 8
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 13 2 6 8 2 18
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 14 4 3 7 5 6
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich 14 2 5 7 1 6
Ward, JoelJoel Ward 14 1 4 5 3 6
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 14 2 3 5 -1 8
Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik 14 1 3 4 8 12
Semin, AlexanderAlexander Semin 14 3 1 4 −4 10
Green, MikeMike Green 14 2 2 4 5 10
Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 14 2 2 4 -2 8
Knuble, MikeMike Knuble 11 2 1 3 3 6
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 14 0 3 3 −7 2
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 14 1 2 3 −6 0
Hendricks, MattMatt Hendricks 14 1 1 2 -1 6
Aucoin, KeithKeith Aucoin 14 0 2 2 −2 2
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 14 0 2 2 -1 0
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 12 1 1 2 1 4
Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine 4 0 1 1 −1 0
Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern 2 0 0 0 −1 4
Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz 10 0 0 0 −7 2
Perreault, MathieuMathieu Perreault 4 0 0 0 −1 0


Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Vokoun, TomasTomas Vokoun 48 2583 25 17 2 108 2.51 1299 .917 4 0 2 4
Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth 38 2020 13 13 5 95 2.82 976 .903 3 0 1 2
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 7 361 4 2 1 15 2.49 15 .922 1 0 0 0
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 14 922 7 7 30 1.95 459 .935 0 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Capitals. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records Edit


Nicklas Backstrom

Nicklas Backstrom was named a star of the week in November

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Tomas Vokoun NHL Third Star of the Week October 24, 2011[17]
Nicklas Backstrom NHL Third Star of the Week November 7, 2011[53]
John Carlson NHL Third Star of the Week December 12, 2011[54]
Alexander Ovechkin NHL Second Star of the Week January 2, 2012[55]
Alexander Ovechkin NHL Third Star of the Week March 26, 2012[56]


Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Joel Ward 100th Career NHL Point October 8, 2011
Jason Chimera 100th Career NHL Goal October 10, 2011
Jeff Halpern 800th Career NHL Game October 27, 2011
Alexander Semin 400th Career NHL Game October 27, 2011
Cody Eakin 1st Career NHL Game November 1, 2011
Cody Eakin 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 4, 2011
John Erskine 400th Career NHL Game November 8, 2011
Jason Chimera 600th Career NHL Game November 21, 2011
Dmitry Orlov 1st Career NHL Game November 21, 2011
Dmitry Orlov 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 23, 2011
Brooks Laich 500th Career NHL Game December 3, 2011
Alex Ovechkin 500th Career NHL Game December 3, 2011
Marcus Johansson 100th Career NHL Game December 20, 2011
Mike Knuble 1,000th Career NHL Game December 20, 2011
Nicklas Backstrom 100th Career NHL Goal December 30, 2011
Tomas Kundratek 1st Career NHL Game January 11, 2012
Dmitry Orlov 1st Career NHL Goal January 15, 2012
Dennis Wideman 500th Career NHL Game January 22, 2012
Alexander Semin 200th Career NHL Assist February 22, 2012
Joel Ward 300th Career NHL Game February 22, 2012
Troy Brouwer 300th Career NHL Game February 25, 2012
Mathieu Perreault 100th Career NHL Game February 25, 2012
Karl Alzner 200th Career NHL Game March 8, 2012
Matt Hendricks 200th Career NHL Game March 8, 2012
Michal Neuvirth 100th Career NHL Game March 11, 2012
Alexander Semin 400th Career NHL Point408 March 19, 2012
Keith Aucoin 100th Career NHL Game April 2, 2012

Final rosterEdit

Updated June 4, 2012.[57]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
27 Flag of Canada.svg Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner

D L 28 2007 Burnaby, British Columbia
23 Flag of the United States Aucoin, KeithKeith Aucoin

C R 37 2008 Waltham, Massachusetts
19 Flag of Sweden Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom


C L 28 2006 Gävle, Sweden
83 Flag of Canada.svg Beagle, JayJay Beagle

RW R 31 2008 Calgary, Alberta
20 Flag of Canada.svg Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer


RW R 31 2011 Vancouver, British Columbia
74 Flag of the United States Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson

D R 26 2008 Natick, Massachusetts
25 Flag of Canada.svg Chimera, JasonJason Chimera

LW L 37 2009 Edmonton, Alberta
4 Flag of Canada.svg Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine

D L 36 2006 Kingston, Ontario
52 Flag of Canada.svg Green, MikeMike Green

D R 31 2004 Calgary, Alberta
15 Flag of the United States Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern

C R 40 2011 Potomac, Maryland
44 Flag of the Czech Republic Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik

D L 42 2011 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
26 Flag of the United States Hendricks, MattMatt Hendricks

LW L 35 2010 Blaine, Minnesota
70 Flag of Canada.svg Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby

G R 27 2008 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
90 Flag of Sweden Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson

C L 26 2010 Landskrona, Sweden
22 Flag of the United States Knuble, MikeMike Knuble


RW R 44 2009 Toronto, Ontario
21 Flag of Canada.svg Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich


C L 33 2004 Wawota, Saskatchewan
30 Flag of the Czech Republic Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth

G L 28 2006 Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
81 Flag of Russia Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov

D L 25 2009 Novokuznetsk, Soviet Union
8 Flag of Russia Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin


LW R 31 2004 Moscow, Soviet Union
85 Flag of Canada.svg Perreault, MathieuMathieu Perreault

C L 28 2006 Drummondville, Quebec
3 Flag of the United States Poti, TomTom Poti

 Injury icon

D L 39 2007 Worcester, Massachusetts
55 Flag of Canada.svg Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz

D L 30 2004 Calgary, Alberta
28 Flag of Russia Semin, AlexanderAlexander Semin

RW R 32 2002 Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
33 Flag of Sweden Sjogren, MattiasMattias Sjogren

C L 28 2011 Landskrona, Sweden
42 Flag of Canada.svg Ward, JoelJoel Ward

RW R 35 2011 North York, Ontario
6 Flag of Canada.svg Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman

D R 33 2011 Kitchener, Ontario


The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.


June 2, 2011 To Nashville Predators
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2013
To Washington Capitals
Taylor Stefishen
June 24, 2011 To Chicago Blackhawks
1st-round pick (#26 overall) in 2011
To Washington Capitals
Troy Brouwer
July 1, 2011 To Colorado Avalanche
Semyon Varlamov
To Washington Capitals
1st-round pick in 2012
Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2012
July 8, 2011 To Winnipeg Jets
Eric Fehr
To Washington Capitals
Danick Paquette
4th-round pick in 2012
November 8, 2011 To New York Rangers
Francois Bouchard
To Washington Capitals
Tomas Kundratek
February 2, 2012 To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Ford
To Washington Capitals
Kevin Marshall
February 2, 2012 To Colorado Avalanche
Danny Richmond
To Washington Capitals
Mike Carman
May 26, 2012 To Boston Bruins
Chris Bourque
To Washington Capitals
Zach Hamill

Free agents signed Edit

Player Former team Contract terms
Mattias Sjogren[65] Farjestad BK 2 years, $1.8 million entry-level contract
Jeff Halpern[66] Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $875,000
Joel Ward[67] Nashville Predators 4 years, $12 million
Roman Hamrlik[68] Montreal Canadiens 2 years, $7 million
Ryan Potulny[69] Ottawa Senators 2 years, $1.05 million
Matthew Ford[70] Lake Erie Monsters 1 year, $525,000
Chris Bourque[71] HC Lugano 1 year, $525,000
Tomas Vokoun[72] Florida Panthers 1 year, $1.5 million
Danny Richmond[73] Toronto Marlies 1 year, $525,000
Christian Hanson[74] Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $525,000
Jacob Micflikier[75] Charlotte Checkers 1 year, $525,000
Joel Rechlicz[76] Hershey Bears 1 year, $525,000
Cameron Schilling[77] Miami University 2 years, $1.85 million entry-level contract

Free agents lost Edit

Player New team Contract terms
Marco Sturm[78] Vancouver Canucks 1 year, $2.25 million
Boyd Gordon[79] Phoenix Coyotes 2 years, $2.65 million
Matt Bradley[80] Florida Panthers 2 years, $1.9 million
Andrew Gordon[81] Anaheim Ducks 2 years, $1.075 million
Steve Pinizzotto[82] Vancouver Canucks 1 year, $600,000
Jason Arnott[83] St. Louis Blues 1 year, $2.875 million
Brian Willsie[84] Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $600,000
Tyler Sloan[85] Nashville Predators 1 year, $650,000
Scott Hannan[86] Calgary Flames 1 year, $1 million

Player SigningsEdit

Player Date Contract terms
Zach Miskovic[87] May 18, 2011 1 year, $525,000
Patrick McNeill[88] June 15, 2011 2 years, $1.05 million
Dany Sabourin[89] June 17, 2011 1 year, $525,000
Brooks Laich[90] June 28, 2011 6 years, $27 million
Sean Collins[91] July 1, 2011 1 year, $525,000
Troy Brouwer[92] July 6, 2011 2 years, $4.7 million
Mathieu Perreault[93] July 13, 2011 1 year, $525,000
Karl Alzner[94] July 15, 2011 2 years, $2.57 million
Francois Bouchard[95] July 15, 2011 1 year, $770,000
Stanislav Galiev[96] August 24, 2011 3 years, $1.855 million entry-level contract
Jason Chimera[97] September 29, 2011 2 years, $3.5 million contract extension
Dany Sabourin[98] May 30, 2011 1 year, $525,000 contract extension

Draft picks Edit

Washington's selections at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
4 117 Steffen Soberg G Flag of Norway Norway Manglerud Star (Norway)
5 147 Patrick Koudys D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Rensslaer (ECAC)
6 177 Travis Boyd C Flag of the United States United States USA U-18 (USHL)
7 207 Garrett Haar D Flag of the United States United States Fargo Force (USHL)

See also Edit


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  50. Dale Hunter steps down as Capitals coach
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  58. Capitals Acquire Taylor Stefishen from Nashville for Conditional Draft Pick
  59. Capitals Acquire Right Wing Troy Brouwer from Chicago
  60. Caps Acquire Colorado Picks for Varlamov
  61. Capitals Acquire a Fourth-Round Draft Pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and Right Wing Danick Paquette from Winnipeg for Right Wing Eric Fehr
  62. Capitals Acquire Tomas Kundratek from New York Rangers for Francois Bouchard
  63. 63.0 63.1 Capitals Acquire Kevin Marshall from Philadelphia and Mike Carman from Colorado
  64. Capitals Acquire Center Zach Hamill from Boston for Left Wing Chris Bourque
  65. Capitals Sign Center Mattias Sjogren
  66. Capitals Sign Center Jeff Halpern to One-Year Contract
  67. Capitals Sign Joel Ward
  68. Capitals Sign Defenseman Roman Hamrlik
  70. Capitals Sign Center Jeff Halpern to One-Year Contract
  71. Capitals Sign Left Wing Chris Bourque
  72. Capitals Sign Goaltender Tomas Vokoun
  73. Capitals Sign Defenseman Danny Richmond
  74. Capitals Sign Center Christian Hanson
  75. Capitals Sign Forward Jacob Micflikier
  76. Capitals Sign and Recall Joel Rechlicz and Recall Cody Eakin from Hershey
  77. Capitals Sign Defenseman Cameron Schilling
  78. Vancouver Canucks sign left wing Marco Sturm
  79. Coyotes Sign Boyd Gordon to Multi-Year Contract
  80. Panthers Sign RW Matt Bradley
  81. Gordon Agrees to Two-Year Contract
  82. Canucks sign right wing Steven Pinizzotto
  83. Blues Sign Arnott to One-Year Deal (July 6, 2011)
  84. Habs sign forward Brian Willsie to a one-year contract
  85. Preds Sign Defenseman Tyler Sloan To 2-Way Deal
  86. Flames sign Scott Hannan
  87. Hershey Bears: Re-signed Zach Miskovic eyes healthy summer
  88. Capitals Re-Sign Defenseman Patrick McNeill
  89. Capitals Re-Sign Goaltender Dany Sabourin
  90. Laich'ing it in Washington
  91. Capitals Re-Sign Defenseman Sean Collin
  92. Capitals Sign Right Wing Troy Brouwer
  93. Capitals Re-Sign Center Mathieu Perreault
  94. Capitals Re-Sign Defenseman Karl Alzner
  95. Capitals Re-Sign Right Wing Francois Bouchard
  96. Capitals Sign Forward Stanislav Galiev
  97. Capitals Re-Sign Left Wing Jason Chimera
  98. Capitals Re-sign Dany Sabourin
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