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from Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post,
“I’m pretty content with the core,” MacLellan said Monday. “I think the ninth, 10th forward are where we’re going to look to improve.”
The Capitals won’t have room to do much else, and the success of the regular season shouldn’t be completely ignored either. Just three players are unrestricted free agents: forwards Jason Chimera and Mike Richards and defenseman Mike Weber. MacLellan said he’ll prioritize re-signing the team’s four restricted free agents — Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, Tom Wilson and Michael Latta — before considering whether the unrestricted ones have a place next season.
But in identifying how a largely successful team needs to improve, MacLellan pointed to the bottom half of the forward corps as needing “a little work,” specifically in becoming more offensively reliable.
“You know, we’ve talked about it: It’s turned into a top-nine league,” MacLellan said. “I don’t know that we had a pure top nine. Maybe we had a top eight or a top seven-and-a-half or however you want to value that, but I think we were a little short on the top nine.
“I think you need two-way guys, guys who can play both ways. Ideally for us, I think we need some offense out of it.”
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
When you took over as GM, did you think that by adding two defensemen (Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik) and hiring Barry Trotz as coach during the first summer, and then the following year adding two forwards (T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams), that you'd have a team that would be leading the league in points?
MacLellan: "That first summer we wanted to address goaltending and defense. Braden Holtby had had an off-year, and there were some things going on coaching-wise and style-wise and we wanted to fix that. And we wanted to solidify our defense. We pursued a puck-mover, skater (Niskanen) to play with Karl Alzner and then a defensive guy (Orpik) to play with John Carlson. We were fortunate to get both. This past year, the priority was to get a winger to play with (Nicklas) Backstrom and (Alex) Ovechkin. We looked to do it through a trade, and T.J. Oshie became available. At the same time, we were trying to negotiate with (Joel) Ward or find a replacement. That is how we ended up with Justin Williams. He was just what we needed. We had trouble getting over the hump, and he has experience, most recently in Los Angeles, in doing that."
Did you see Trotz as a good fit to coach Ovechkin?
MacLellan: "I think we go as Ovechkin goes. If he is buying into what’s going on with our team, we are going to be more successful. Yes, I had a lot of discussions with Barry about what his history had been with different styles of coaching. We talked about what Barry thought and what I thought about the best approach with (Ovechkin). And I think Barry has done a great job with him. He has held him accountable, and he has earned Ovi’s trust. Ovi has reciprocated by playing a good team game and playing within the structure."
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
“I think the teams, I think that are going to be out, you’re obviously looking at the UFA guys there,” MacLellan continued. “There’s a couple others guys out there that are higher-profile players that I think teams are testing the market and they might wait until the draft of they might do it at the deadline if they get what they want. I think the important thing for us is to keep track of what the market’s saying and what the cost is for certain players and evaluate: Do we think that’s going to be a big addition or take us to the next level?
“We’re going to field the best team we can here. We want to win. We want to do some damage in the playoffs. I think our decision is going to be how much we want to expose our young guys down the road and can they handle it. You don’t want to put them in a position where can they handle it. You don’t want to put them in a position where they’re not ready for it. I think that’s our big decision.”
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick will introduce senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz to the media on Tuesday, May 27, at 12:30 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Exactly one month ago, after relieving Adam Oates and George McPhee of their duties as coach and general manager, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis made it clear his team needed a new voice and a fresh set of eyes.
Today at a 12:30 p.m. news conference that will be aired live on Comcast SportsNet, the Capitals will introduce Barry Trotz as the new voice of the Capitals.
But is Brian MacLellan the fresh set of eyes they were seeking?
Before hiring MacLellan, Leonsis and Dick Patrick brought in Boston Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney and Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton for interviews and decided that with 13 years of experience with the Capitals MacLellan had just as much insight into what the Caps need to become a Stanley Cup contender.
Time will tell if they are right.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager and named Barry Trotz as the team’s coach, majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced today.