The Capitals are a hard team to nail down. They have made it to the playoffs in each of the last five seasons but failed to advance past the second round in any of those years. They have gone from being offense-dominant to defense-dominant, all with the same results: playoffs, but no Cup.
Let's recap. After a lackluster start to the season last year, the Capitals replaced Manager Bruce Boudreau with Dale Hunter. The defensive-minded Hunter got the team in the playoffs and handed the pipes to rookie Braden Holtby who carried them into a seven-game, second-round ousting. Not happy with being too lopsided, in what has become a carousel of managers, the front office replaced Hunter with Adam Oates.
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