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Perhaps a total rebuild is a bit too strong, but the Washington Capitals need some serious fine tuning if they are to return to their previous winning ways.
The Caps have been a team unsure of its identity in recent seasons. Bruce Boudreau led the Caps to four straight division titles but never got them deep into the playoffs.
Boudreau originally played an aggressive offensive system but changed that in 2010-11 in an attempt to make his team to play a style that would help them win in the playoffs.
Players like Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green did not thrive under the new system and, according to GM George McPhee, Boudreau lost his team.
He was replaced by Dale Hunter last season, who tried to make team more responsible defensively but also clashed with Ovechkin at times. The Caps reached the second round of the playoffs and almost upset the Rangers, but Hunter stepped down at the end of the playoffs and was replaced by Adam Oates.
Oates was at a big disadvantage because of the lockout. As a new coach, he had a limited training camp and no exhibition games to get a feel for his players and implement his new system.
The result is a painfully slow start to the season and a 2-8-1 record in the club's first 11 games.
The Capitals need not panic, but Oates needs time to sort out which players fit into his system well and which do not. Once he does that, there may be more changes in Washington than was expected before the season started.
Don't be surprised if one or more big names are headed elsewhere as the Caps find their new identity and make their roster a better fit for their coach.