Like Peter wrote on Sunday, we knew this offseason was going to be full of tough choices for the Caps. They weren’t going to be able to bring back the entire 2016-17 team, and some of the decisions were going to hurt. But, the unsettling part of the offseason so far isn’t the decisions that have hurt – but the decisions that make little sense. It seems as if the Caps had limited foresight; they made choices independently, one at a time, without considering the ripple effect each would have on the next.
On Monday, Brian MacLellan spoke to the media. It was the general manager’s chance to explain his thought process for navigating the last month of roster activity. But MacLellan’s explanation only seemed to confirm what we had suspected: the team had tunnel vision, leaving themselves unprepared for the expansion draft, free-agent negotiations, and the domino effect one would have on the other.