Monday morning, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan met with the press to discuss the state of the team after several big re-signings and a lopsided trade that saw the Caps salary dump their third-leading goalscorer to the New Jersey Devils.
“We spent the last three years building that team to where it was last year,” MacLellan said. “We maxed it out player wise and salary wise, and I think we were expecting to run into some issues here, going forward. It’s no different than the teams that have won in the past. We have the same kind of hangover, but we haven’t won a championship, and we’re dealing with it now.”