The Washington Capitals have already begun to change the culture of their organization.
Offensive-minded head coach Bruce Boudreau (pictured, with Ovechkin) was fired during the 2011-12 season and replaced by the defensive-minded Dale Hunter. Boudreau catered to Ovechkin, while Hunter did no such thing, even limiting his ice time during the playoffs.
When Hunter left suddenly after the 2012 postseason, he was replaced by rookie head coach Adam Oates. The former Capital's coaching style is still unknown, but as a player, he preached defensive responsibility and a two-way playing style to his teammates.
One major player who struggled with defensive responsibility has already left the team, as General Manager George McPhee made no effort to re-sign Alexander Semin. Alexander Ovechkin has also struggled with defensive responsibility in his career, sometimes being guilty of defensive indifference.
But more importantly, Alex Ovechkin is the captain of this team and has been since the 2009-10 season. His leadership affects the chemistry of the entire team.
The different elements of this team once formed a highly combustible compound, but now this combination of elements is largely inert. To obtain a more powerful product, the Capitals must remove their most potent element from the equation.