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2011 NHL Free Agency: Capitals Sign Joel Ward, Roman Hamrlik, Trade Semyon Varlamov

The Washington Capitals continue to have a busy day. First, they brought back Jeff Halpern and saw Boyd Gordon depart for Phoenix. Then, they traded Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2012 first-round pick and a future second-round pick. For more on Varlamov, visit this StoryStream.

The Capitals also signed defensemen Roman Hamrlik, formerly of the Montreal Canadiens, to a two-year, $7 million contract. For more on that signing, visit this StoryStream.

Finally, the Capitals signed winger and playoff hero Joel Ward from the Nashville Predators to a four-year, $12 million contract. For more on that signing, visit this StoryStream.

Of course, you should also check out Japers Rink and SB Nation's NHL free agency page for the latest on all the action.