Highlights from Brian MacLellan’s Presser

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Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan addressed the media before practice today at Kettler. He gave an update on Matt Niskanen, discussed a need for a third goalie, the possibility of resigning T.J. Oshie and next week’s trade deadline. 

GM BM started by saying that Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower body injury. The team will be patient and cautious with him. MacLellan also wants a third goalie and has been trying a while to get one.

As far as T.J. Oshie, with the possibility of entering free agency over the summer, MacLellan said that he has talked to Oshie’s representatives, but he would be surprised if both parties agreed to a deal before season’s end. He does want to resign Oshie.

For next week’s trade deadline, B-Mac doesn’t feel like there are any needs. He is comfortable with the depth going forward.

MacLellan spotted Washington Post writer Dan Steinberg of the famous DC Sports Bog and said, “Oh Dan’s here? We know what one question it’s going to be”. It turned out to be about the infamous current playoff hockey format.

The way the standings are situated and the toughness of the metropolitan division, he wants to have a discussion about the playoff format at next month’s GM meeting.

MacLellan said he has no plans of bringing up Tom Gilbert right now. He wants him to remain at Hershey for the time being, but he might get him in some games up here in Washington before the playoffs start.

MacLellan said that any more trade deadline moves will be “on fringes”.

Mike Vogel sat down with Brian MacLellan for a one-on-one on Monumental Sports Network:


By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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