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Capitals GM MacLellan targeting goaltending, defense

by Staff

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan joined NHL Live to discuss what's on tap for the offseason.

MacLellan became the sixth general manager in Capitals history when he was promoted on May 26 after spending the past 13 seasons with the organization as a pro scout, director of player personnel and assistant GM.

"I wasn't sure I was going to get the job," MacLellan said. "I was just trying to give the most honest opinion I could of where our organization was at, and what my vision was going forward. I don't think I was critical of ownership, but it was more of this is the way I would see it happening in the future, where ownership and the manager and the coach are all in sync on what we're doing philosophically and they were going to support each other."

MacLellan's offseason to-do list includes stabilizing the goaltending situation and upgrading the defense. The Capitals remain committed to Braden Holtby as their starting goaltender.

"I think we need to change the mix a little bit, add a guy here, left-shot defensive defenseman and maybe one more other defenseman lower down," MacLellan said. "I think once we address those two situations and our young guys develop a little bit more. I think we'll be right where we should be.

"We need to get [Holtby] a solid backup. I think we just need to stabilize him. I think he was on track to being a high-level number one goalie and we want to get him back on that path."

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