--Believing he can get back to the level he played two years ago, the Capitals took a calculated risk by signing defenseman Mike Green to a three-year, $18.25 million contract. The 26-year-old veteran says he'll prove he's worth it. Asked in a conference call with reporters if he believes he can get back to being the player who delivered back-to-back seasons of 70 or more points in 2008-09 and 2009-10, Green didn't hesitate. "A hundred percent," he said, "and it'll be next year." Injuries the last two seasons limited Green to just 30 points in 81 games, a far cry from the 149 points he produced in 143 games the previous two seasons.
--With labor negotiations ongoing, former Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig is hoping the NHL and its players are smart enough not to make the same mistake they made in 2004-05, when the entire season was lost in a labor lockout. "Nobody wants to see a lockout, especially with the momentum the NHL has gained over the last few years," Kolzig said during the Capitals' development camp. "But you understand why and it's the not-so-fun part of sports. I suspect both sides understand the NHL has grown so much the last few years and they don't want to slow any momentum down or give any kind of negative outlook toward the NHL. So they'll try their hardest to get it done."
--With a possible NHL work stoppage looming, the Capitals have decided to cancel their annual Caps Convention, a fan-friendly event that draws more than 6,500 a year. The event is expected to return in 2013.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Personally, for my own mental state (it's important) that I get back to that and almost prove to myself I can do it. It's been unfortunate over the last two years. I ran into injuries that caused a fallback in that (points) department. I know I'm able to do it and it's just a matter of me being healthy and going out and doing it." -- Mike Green on getting back to the 70-point seasons he had in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
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