Later in the day, MacLellan made possibly the biggest move of the day by inking 27-year-old Matt Niskanen to a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million.
The signing represented the second time in less than three hours that the Caps acquired a former top-four Penguins defenseman, and, as arguably the most sought after player at his position on the market, Niskanen is a significant upgrade to Trotz's defensive core.
Of course, given that Niskanen's career-high 46 points came during a contract year, there's no guarantee he'll be the offensive force he was in 2013-14.
Nonetheless, after playing nearly three minutes of power-play time and 45 seconds of shorthanded duty per game last season, Niskanen's proven he's capable of playing in every situation on a good team, and he could pair with Orpik to complete an impressive top four.
Obviously, this is a lot of money for a supposed offensive blueliner who has reached 10 goals or 40 points just once, but there's no question the Minnesota native will be a valuable addition to what should be a vastly improved defense.
In terms of annual salary, Niskanen's isn't absurd. His $5.75 million hit is comparable to those of Keith Yandle, Tobias Enstrom, Matt Carle and Brent Burns, and few would argue he's any less valuable than more than two of those four defensemen.
This would be higher if MacLellan hadn't committed seven years to a player who is coming off of by far his best NHL campaign, particularly after overspending on Orpik. That being said, Niskanen was a hot commodity for a reason, and if it took offering too much term in order to pry him away from a bitter rival, it's hard not to like this move.