The blue line still leaves something to be desired and goaltending is a question mark, but with this kind of talent overall, should it really matter?
Can the one-two punch of Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth do the job in goal? Everyone seems worried, but not GM George McPhee. He told ESPN.com a few days ago that he's quite confident in his two kids.
The high-powered Capitals come into the 2010-11 season with a chip on their shoulder. After getting bounced in the opening round of the playoffs last year, the team is out to prove that they're contenders not pretenders for a Cup title. While there's no doubt that Washington has the talent to come out of the East, the key question is whether or not two 22-year-old netminders have what it takes to win the franchise a championship.
This … is … the … year. Seriously.
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