How Each Offseason Addition and Departure Will Affect Washington Capitals

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How Each Offseason Addition and Departure Will Affect Washington Capitals
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As expected, the Washington Capitals are in the midst of one of the busiest offseasons in franchise history, both on the ice and behind the bench.

We saw Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan arrive in lieu of Ted Leonsis' decision to part ways with Adam Oates and George McPhee, and with new hockey minds in place, it seemed inevitable that drastic changes to the roster were to follow.

MacLellan wasted no time during the opening few hours after 12 p.m. ET on July 1 in making his first bold statements as Washington's new general manager, spending nearly a combined $70 million on a trio of free agents.

But, in addition to the arrivals of the new recruits, the Caps have also lost a handful of prominent names, so whether this roster is markedly better than the one that missed the playoffs in 2013-14 remains unclear.

Either way, MacLellan does deserve credit for taking initiative and addressing the holes he saw in the lineup, and here's a look at how each move will impact the team going forward.

 

All salary cap information has been provided by Cap Geek.

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