The salary cap finally caught up to the Washington Capitals this summer, forcing them to make many roster changes in order to re-sign forward T.J. Oshie.
Forwards Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams and Daniel Winnik have all moved on to other teams and the blue line will look different with the departures of Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt and Kevin Shattenkirk. This will put a lot of pressure on John Carlson, who will likely have to play with plenty of young and inexperienced players this season.
“Last year we didn’t have many young guys,” Carlson told Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic. “It’ll be the first taste of the NHL for a lot of them. You got to show them the ropes. People did that for me. People helped me along the way. Whether it’s forwards or Ds, it doesn’t matter, it’s about showing them how to have success.
“I think we have tremendous leaders in the locker room. There’s a lot of guys that have played a lot of games. …I know the quality of the people we have and I know they’ll step up and make sure everyone is comfortable from day one.”
How do you think the Capitals will fare this year after all the offseason changes?