When teams fall short of expectations, personnel changes are almost always on the horizon. After a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, that is certainly the case with the Washington Capitals.
We've already seen the firings of coach Adam Oates and longtime general manager George McPhee since the end of the season, and once the playoffs come to a close, at least a handful of proven veterans will follow them out the door.
Yes, even with a new management team on the way, it's unlikely that Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Evgeny Kuznetsov or most of the team's other key players will be moved, but there remains a group of valuable contributors that will probably be donning new NHL uniforms in the fall.
Heading into what is undoubtedly the team's most important offseason in recent memory, here's a look at which current Capitals are likeliest to leave Washington this summer.