OVIE NEEDS NEW PLAYMAKER
HOW WILL the Capitals replace the creativity and production of Mike Ribeiro, who is now in Phoenix. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom will continue to be offensive pillars, along with blueliner Mike Green. A return from injury by Brooks Laich and Martin Erat will help with secondary scoring. In goal, the Caps have faith in Braden Holtby but don’t discount Michal Neuvirth.