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Caps' All-Decade Teams: The '00s

by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals

This season is the 35th of Capitals hockey here in the District. In honor of that milestone, we're taking a look back at some of the greats who've skated here to some of the greats who still do. Here's a look at our version of the Washington Capitals' all-decade team (23 players) for the 2000s:


G Olie Kolzig Won Vezina in 2000, stayed No. 1 til '08
G Jose Theodore Second in wins among all Caps Goalies in '00s
D Mike Green Already ranks 5th among all Caps d-men in PPG
D Sergei Gonchar Caps' leading blueline scorer for 2000s
D Shaone Morrisonn Ranks 9th all-time among Caps d-men in games
D Brendan Witt Ranks 4th all-time among Caps d-men in games
D Jeff Schultz His career plus-67 ranks 4th among all Caps D ever
D Tom Poti His plus-30 with Caps ranks 7th all-time
D Ken Klee Strong, rugged blueliner could also fill in on wing
C Nicklas Backstrom Smooth, sublime center on his way to brilliant career
C Adam Oates Eyes in the back of his head, one of the best passers ever
C Dainius Zubrus Big, strong and versatile, could also play wing
C Jeff Halpern Grew up a Caps fan, became Caps captain
LW Alex Ovechkin A generational talent, rare superstar, best Cap ever
LW Brooks Laich Versatile forward has three straight 20-goal seasons
LW Ulf Dahlen One of the best corner and board men ever in DC
LW Tomas Fleischmann Talented, skilled and still coming into his own
RW Peter Bondra One of the best pure snipers in the game while here
RW Alexander Semin Incredibly talented, amazing hands
RW Jaromir Jagr Didn't have his best years here, still very good
RW Chris Clark Gritty and rugged, also scored 50 goals from '05-07
F Robert Lang Short-termer was NHL's leading scorer when traded
F Matt Bradley Character player on the ice and in the room

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