With the expectation of a much bigger contract and a top role with the Capitals, the budding defenseman is still expected to land back in Washington.
Pundits clamored for Washington to consider trading its captain following another playoff flameout. The solution does not seem particularly feasible.
If Washington is to find any help on the free agent or trade markets it will have to do so with limited cap space and few trade chips.
Of course it did.
Defenseman Connor Hobbs was once a long shot to make an NHL team, but he’ll be competing for a job with the Capitals this season.
The Capitals' bench boss says he was once the 'best-dressed coach in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.'
The Capitals will have much to consider as they restructure the roster for next season, starting with deciding what role their franchise pillar plays going forward.
If nothing changes, the Vegas Golden Knights will have several strong players available to them from the Capitals' roster, but one seems more valuable than the rest.
The Capitals have been the regular season's best team in three years under Trotz, but they haven't gotten past the second round in the playoffs.
Shattenkirk wants to be a top-pairing defenseman for a team. Does that bar a return to the Caps?
Oshie appears to be the Capitals' top unrestricted free agent priority after scoring a career-high 33 goals this season.
Just where, exactly, do the Capitals begin to address their shortcomings?
The Capitals captain will head to Miami to unwind before seeing doctors in the D.C. area. His teammates finished the postseason with a variety of injuries as well.