The Washington Capitals enter Thursday night with an abysmal 1-4-1 record. The team has yet to adjust to new head coach Adam Oates and his new system, struggling in special teams along with even strength play. There have been numerous defensive breakdowns at the start of the season, leaving young goalies Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth out to dry. Through six games, Washington has averaged 2.17 goals per game due to their lack of forward scoring depth and an embarrassing 3.67 goals against average. Itís likely to be a long season in the nationís capital, but what can Capitalsí fans expect this summer?
Under the new CBA, teams can buyout two players after this season and after the 2013-2014 season. Washington faces some crucial decisions this offseason, including the impending free agency of second line center Mike Riberio and defenseman Roman Hamrlik. The veteran defenseman is unlikely to be resigned due to his age and the former Dallas Stars playmaking center could flee if Washington continues to struggle. With the added cap space Washington could target high profile players to add to the blue line and top six forward group. To add more cap space, what players could the Capitals potentially buyout?