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Assistant coaches Todd Reirden and Lane Lambert were both head-coaching candidates elsewhere this summer.

"We had 120 points and we're probably as close to the Penguins as you're going to be," Barry Trotz said. "We just need to get more production out of those bottom six."

Trotz said Jason Chimera's chances for getting re-signed are "slim."

Alex Ovechkin wins the Rocket Richard Trophy for a sixth time after again scoring the most goals in the league.

'In this market, it seems that everybody brings up the past,' the Capitals coach said.

Florida Panthers Coach Gerard Gallant and Dallas Stars Coach Lindy Ruff are the other two finalists for the award.

"We’re going to see their best on Wednesday, and I think we’re ready for it now," Barry Trotz said.

"I think it brings a family atmosphere," Trotz said.

With a comfortable cushion in the NHL standings, the Capitals have begun implementing new tweaks to their game to better position themselves for a long Stanley Cup playoffs run.

Like many offices around the country, the Washington Capitals are filling out brackets for a team-wide March Madness pool -- even though many of them don't follow college basketball.

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