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by Paul on 11/01/11 at 05:38 PM ET
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
This season the Washington Capitals have their deepest and most talented defense corps since the early 1990s, when Kevin Hatcher, Al Iafrate and Calle Johansson were lighting up opposing goaltenders, and maybe the best group since three future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Rod Langway, Scott Stevens and Larry Murphy played together in the 1980s.
Still, if there was any takeaway from Washington’s recent trip to Western Canada, it was a reminder of just how valuable Mike Green remains to this club. Green missed both games on the trip—a 2-1 loss at Edmonton and a 7-4 defeat in Vancouver—and the Capitals’ perfect start to the 2010-11 season was over….
“That’s a tough call. We obviously didn’t play good hockey and that affected us, but (Green) is such a big part of this team—offense, defense, gaining momentum,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “He’s the anchor. He’s been here the longest. It is tough to play without him, but at the same time we have a lot of good (defensemen) here, so we should be fine.”
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