Like every other team in the National Hockey League, the Washington Capitals enter the offseason with some important decisions to make in preparation for the 2011-12 campaign.
However, the Capitals also enter next season with arguably more pressure than any other team in the league after their fourth consecutive disappointing playoff exit.
First, the Capitals' management team will have the draft later this month, which is an opportunity to pick up talent for the future and possibly orchestrate a trade to bring help in for the present.
However, the Capitals' real opportunity to bolster their lineup for next season will come July 1, when unrestricted free agents hit the open market. While this year's crop of free agents isn't particularly deep in talent, there are still a slew of players who would help Washington, especially come playoff time.
With that in mind, here's a look at some of the players general manager George McPhee should be targeting in order to address the team's most glaring areas for improvement.