Washington traded for Hagelin in February and quickly became enamored with his versatility, from playing on a top penalty-kill unit to his ability to slot in anywhere in the lineup.

In the first big move of its offseason, Washington sends a top-four defenseman to a division foe in a move designed to create salary cap space.

The NHL found "no basis to question" Kuznetsov's account of a social media post that showed him in a hotel room with what appeared to be illegal drugs. Kuznetsov has maintained he did not use the substance shown in the video and has never done drugs.

"You want to be in this position to have a chance to win," Johansson said. "Obviously, I didn’t know it was going to be here, but I couldn’t be with a better group, couldn’t be with a better team.”

The video made the rounds on Twitter on Monday before being deleted. The Capitals said they were gathering information.

Fourteen years before Cassidy was promoted to head coach of the Bruins, he was arguably one of the worst coaches in Capitals franchise history.

Keep up to date with the Capitals' moves this summer.

  • Analysis

“We’re gonna have to talk about how we want to allocate that money and what role he would play on our team going forward,” General Manager Brian MacLellan said.

Washington has long touted defense as the jewel of its prospect pipeline, and with turnover to the Capitals’ corps expected this summer, that organizational depth might finally be tested.

Since Samsonov recorded his first American Hockey League shutout Jan. 12, he posted a 15-3-1-1 record with a 1.78 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

  • Analysis

Washington is lacking in high-end forward prospects, but they could use some depth help next season.

Connolly is coming off the best season of his career with 22 goals and 24 assists, but that might have priced him out of Washington.

  • Analysis

“They both have a year left, so we’ll talk to both of them,” General Manager Brian MacLellan said. “We’ll have decisions to make as we go throughout the year.”

A year after leading Washington to its first championship, Trotz has outlasted his former team.

An early postseason exit leaves organization disappointed, but last year's Stanley Cup gives team confidence to keep its main pieces intact.

The 38-year-old is an unrestricted free agent, and he said he will take his time to decide whether he will retire. If he wants to keep playing, he may not fit into the Capitals' plans.

  • Analysis

Change will come to Washington this offseason as Capitals try to prop open their title window for what could be the last season with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby all on the roster.

Unit wastes a golden opportunity in second overtime, failing to put a shot on goal in 4-3 loss that ends Washington’s season.

  • Analysis

Washington blew a two-goal lead to Carolina, and the Capitals' record in Game 7s at home fell to a dismal 3-9.

  • Perspective

Wednesday’s double-overtime loss doesn’t dim last season’s accomplishments, but the end came far earlier than anyone expected.

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