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Here’s Mike Green, Mike Green’s arm tattoos, and Banana. [Reminder: Gary sucks forever.] (Photo: @cparrie)

Saturday night, former Capital and Winter Classic Hero Troy Brouwer will return to Verizon Center for the first time since being traded to the Blues for TJ Oshie. Which is why several hours earlier it was completely appropriate that two other former Caps, Eric Fehr and Mike Green, played against each other.

Green and Fehr both scored. Both players were on the ice for both goals, and both goals were ugly.

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The Capitals-Ducks game was originally scheduled for 7 PM, then rescheduled to 5 PM, then postponed altogether on Friday afternoon. But how about the nationally broadcast Caps-Pens game, which is scheduled for 12:30 PM Sunday?

The NHL will announce their decision on if that game will be cancelled on Saturday morning. Considering the Penguins have a game that day and would have to travel into DC later that night, it seems unlikely to happen.

Meanwhile, the Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh asked former Capital/now-turned-heel Pittsburgh Penguin Eric Fehr what he thought the chances were they’d play the game.

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In the 477th game of his NHL career, Eric Fehr just participated in his first fight. The former Cap/current Penguin/author of The Bulliest Dozer dropped gloves with the eminently punchable Brandon Dubinsky during Pittsburgh’s game against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

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This is so weird. (Photo: Charles LeClaire)

On October 29, the all-time leader in outdoor goals, Eric Fehr, returned to Verizon Center for the first time since signing with the Capitals’ hated rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fehr, injured and unable to play in the game, was saluted by the team with a tribute video.

Last night, Fehr got to suit up for the first time against his former team. The Penguins rubbed salt in the wound by reminding us about it at every turn.

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In life’s-not-fair news, former Capital Eric Fehr scored again. Fehr has two goals in his first two games as a Pittsburgh Penguin. Both were short-handed.

Wednesday night’s salvo came on a brilliant individual play. Fehr took Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber to whatever hockey’s equivalent of behind the shed is.

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In his first game for the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was also his first game after elbow surgery, Eric Fehr has scored a goal. A shorty to boot.

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Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center. That meant that All-Time NHL Outdoor Goal leader Eric Fehr returned home.

It was not so glorious. Fehr was unable to suit up due to offseason elbow surgerythough he is expected to return as early as this weekend.

In the first period, the Caps Game Entertainment crew cued up a a tribute video for Fehr. The former Capital got a loud applause from the crowd as he waved from the media area.

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Photo: @MiHockeyNow

The Capitals have seen a lot of fan favorites leave this summer including Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. While seeing those guys in new sweaters is definitely weird, Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy took it to the next level when they signed with rival Pittsburgh.

Like, check out Oleksy in his new Pens’ hockey pants, socks, and helmet, with his new number 65.

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I have some bad news to report. Former Washington Capitals third-line center and awesome human being Eric Fehr has joined the dark side (along with Steve Oleksy), signing a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Let’s remember the good times.

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This post is part of a series in which we enter an alternative universe where I get to call the shots during the Caps offseason.

Yesterday, I wrote about filling the Caps hole in the top six with Patrick Sharp. For the tl; dr crowd, this is what my Caps top-six looks like now:

LW C RW
Ovechkin Backstrom Burakovsky
Johansson Kuznetsov Sharp

I also touched on the Caps’ depth forwards who would find themselves in the top six if poor play or an injury left a void there.

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Tom Wilson
Troy Brouwer
Stanislav Galiev

The Caps could stand to acquire some more scoring depth, but that’s an issue for another day. Today, we’re shifting focus to the Caps bottom six, specifically the third-line center role. Eric Fehr, who apparently won’t be re-signed, has been the team’s primary third-line center over the past two seasons.

But this isn’t Brian MacLellan’s Cup-winning team, it’s mine.

Unlike a top-six winger, the Caps can likely find a third-line center either internally or via free agency. Here are some of the options.

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