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It’s been a few weeks since the Capitals were eliminated in Game 7 of their second round matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and while Alex Ovechkin, the rest of the players, and Head Coach Barry Trotz have all spoken to the media about the heartbreaking end to the team’s two year Stanley Cup window, General Manager Brian MacLellan has been silent. However, that will all change on Tuesday.
In his third year as the main personnel decision-maker, MacLellan has not spoken to the Washington media since before the Caps’ season ended. After constructing a team that had the pieces to go all the way, MacLellan has likely spent the last few weeks coming to terms with the fact that his team failed to get the job done yet again.
MacLellan will speak to the media at noon on Tuesday, per The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan. And while the players and coaches have gone home to their families and/or home countries, MacLellan and the front office have likely been preparing for what is likely to be the most important offseason in franchise history, with key players such as Karl Alzner, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, and Daniel Winnik all hitting unrestricted free agency, while franchise cornerstones such as Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, and fellow young pieces Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt are among the team’s numerous restricted free agents. With an Expansion Draft less than a month away, MacLellan and his team have likely been trying to determine who to protect. Perhaps once MacLellan speaks on Tuesday, fans will have a better idea of what the team’s plans are for the offseason.
By Michael Fleetwood