The Washington Capitals failed to make the postseason in 2013-14, the first time the team had missed the playoffs since the 2006-07 campaign. It was pretty clear big changes would be in store for owner Ted Leonsis' club.
These changes came quickly, as Barry Trotz replaced Adam Oates behind Washington's bench, and Brian MacLellan was handed the keys as the team's general manager in the weeks following the Capitals' collapse.
From there, MacLellan wasted no time in bolstering his squad's defensive core by adding Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik to a pair of deals spanning a combined 12 years and over $67 million.
But despite the high-profile signings, there are a number of questions confronting the Caps in the final weeks before training camp begins.
Here's a look at Washington's biggest lingering issues going into the 2014-15 campaign.