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The Washington Capitals joined the NHL for the 1974-75 season alongside the Kansas City Scouts. They won eight games in their first season, which remains the fewest in a season of at least 70 games. It took until their ninth season for them to reach the postseason but they have been a winning franchise in most seasons since. The 1997-98 season ended in their first Stanley Cup Final appearance, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings, and the Alex Ovechkin era finally resulted in the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, which they won in 2018.

4 Worst Trades From 2023 NHL Offseason

A few days ago, we looked back at the best trades of the 2023 NHL offseason. With preseason games underway, it’s now safe to say we can look back on the worst deals from the summer. The lack of movement on the trade market limited chances for general managers to put their team in a hole, but there were a few moves that were questionable, to say the least.  Alex Newhook to the Canadiens The Montreal Canadiens struck gold when they acquired Kirby Dach for the 13th overall pick, which they obtained from the New York Islanders when they dealt…

2 Capitals Prospects Who Could Crack Opening Night Roster

The Washington Capitals are going to try and make it back into the playoff picture in the 2023-24 season. They didn’t make an insane amount of moves or signings in the offseason and instead chose to rely on their current roster to try and take them back to the promised land. The Capitals brought in Max Pacioretty on a one-year contract, as well as Matthew Phillips on a one-year deal, and Joel Edmundson to bolster their depth a bit, but there is still a good chance that a couple of rookies could crack the Capitals’ opening night roster. Related: Capitals…

Capitals’ Most Common Jersey Numbers in Franchise History

When it comes to jersey number history for teams, the retired numbers often have the greatest meaning for fans. For the Washington Capitals, these jerseys include numbers five (Rod Langway), seven (Yvon Labre), 11 (Mike Gartner), 32 (Dale Hunter), and soon-to-be eight (Alex Ovechkin) and probably 19 (Nicklas Backstrom). While these players and their jersey numbers have been a big part of memories for fans, it’s also interesting to look at a different side of it and examine which numbers fans remember because of the number of times they’ve been worn. In this article, I do just that by looking…

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What year were the Washington Capitals founded?

The Washington Capitals joined the NHL for the 1974-75 season.

When did the Washington Capitals play their first game?

The Washington Capitals played their first game on Oct. 9, 1974, against the New York Rangers, which they lost 6-3.

Who is the current head coach of the Washington Capitals?

Peter Laviolette is the current head coach for the Washington Capitals.