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Washington Capitals season preview

Updated: October 3, 2005, 12:16 PM ET
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THE BOTTOM LINE

By Scott Burnside, Special to ESPN.com

With the redistribution of talent across the NHL, it will be a minor miracle if the Capitals are not the worst team in the NHL. And given the improvements made by every other team in the Eastern Conference, and the emphasis on divisional and conference play, the Capitals might approach their own franchise record for futility.

Offense: One of Washington's top prospects, Alexander Semin, refused to report last season to the team's ...

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