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Team Reset

Penguins must make up for losing key players

Defending champions hope return of Letang will help

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins:

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2016, the Pittsburgh Penguins kept most of their roster intact for last season and overcame plenty of injuries to become the first repeat champions in the NHL since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

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NHL Insider

Capitals coping with roster turnover

Re-signing center Evgeny Kuznetsov, trading forward Marcus Johansson among decisions made under NHL salary-cap constraints

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals are heading into a post-Stanley Cup transition, but without the Stanley Cup.

That's essentially how general manager Brian MacLellan put it when explaining the turnover to the roster over the past few days.

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free agency

Perception: Capitals' window closing, but is that reality?

With losses of Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner, Justin Williams to free agency, elusive Stanley Cup appears further away

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Other teams around the NHL were spending millions of dollars in contracts after the free agent market opened at noon ET on Saturday, but the Washington Capitals were mostly idle.

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Barry Trotz not bothered by lack of contract extension with Capitals

Being unsigned beyond 2017-18 'has 0.0 effect on me'

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he isn't worried about going into the final season on his contract in 2017-18 without any talk of an extension.

"It has 0.0 effect on me actually. Not at all," he said Friday. "I think it might have [had] an effect 10, 12 years ago for me. Not now. It has zero effect. I'm not worried about that at all."

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free agency

Dmitry Orlov signs six-year, $30.6 million contract with Capitals

Defenseman had 33 points, plus-30 rating in 82 games

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Defenseman Dmitry Orlov signed a six-year, $30.6 million contract with the Washington Capitals on Friday. It has an average annual value of $5.1 million.

Orlov, who will turn 26 on July 23, could have become a restricted free agent July 1.

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prospect

Capitals prospect showing fellow countrymen the ropes

Jonas Siegenthaler, in third development camp, helping ease transition for Washington's other Swiss players

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In terms of NHL development camps, Jonas Siegenthaler is a veteran now.

This week, the 20-year-old defenseman has been participating in his third development camp with the Washington Capitals since they selected him in the second round (No. 57) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Capitals not expected to re-sign remaining UFAs

Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk, Justin Williams exploring other options

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

With the Washington Capitals focusing their resources on other needs, defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner and right wing Justin Williams are preparing to move on when they become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Alzner's agent, J.P. Barry, said Wednesday that general manager Brian MacLellan informed him before the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas in Chicago on Friday and Saturday that the Capitals didn't have the salary cap space to re-sign Alzner.

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Lucas Johansen could vie for job with Capitals next season

Defenseman, brother of Predators center Ryan Johansen, sees opening with changes expected in Washington

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When the Vegas Golden Knights claimed defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Washington Capitals in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, Lucas Johansen immediately understood what it meant to the Capitals and to him.

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Hall of Fame

Long wait for Hockey Hall of Fame call no sweat for Dave Andreychuk

Forward, 14th in NHL history in goals, gets elected in ninth year of eligibility

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Dave Andreychuk had to wait until his 22nd season in the NHL to finally win the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

By comparison, waiting until his ninth year of eligibility to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday was no big deal.

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Capitals will explore all options to find help on defense

Loss of Nate Schmidt to Golden Knights in NHL Expansion Draft leaves top-four opening

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

When the Washington Capitals' prospects hit the ice for their first practice of development camp on Tuesday, they might see a "Help Wanted" sign hanging at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

That's essentially the state of general manager Brian MacLellan's quest to fill the gaping hole on defense after losing Nate Schmidt to the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft. The Capitals had projected the smooth-skating Schmidt, 25, to move into their top four with Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson before Vegas claimed him on Wednesday.

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