Brian MacLellan: 'It's been non-stop'

Chris Russell
July 03, 2018 - 7:02 pm

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Summer break? There hasn’t been one for Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan.

Things should start to slow down a little bit for the Capitals at some point. The key phrase: at some point.

For now,  MacLellan still has his hands more than full despite officially hiring a new head coach, Todd Reirden, to replace the one that left (and the Capitals allowed to leave) for the New York Islanders, Barry Trotz.

MacLellan met with reporters after Tuesday’s press conference to provide updates on the status of several unresolved issues.

On Tom Wilson: MacLellan was due to speak on Tuesday with Tom Wilson’s representative by phone about the restricted free agent. “It’s a big priority. Tom’s a big part of our team. There’s a trade-off. I would like long-term, but we’ll see what his representatives want to do. I prefer to keep him around for as long as we can.”

On Brooks Orpik: “Yeah, we’re talking with Brooks. He’s making some decisions himself. Hopefully, we might be able to work it out.”

On fourth line center to replace Jay Beagle: “We have [Travis] Boyd. We have [Nic] Dowd coming in. We think he has a little upside that we might be able to get out of him. We’re keeping our options open. Me personally – I prefer Chandler [Stephenson] on the wing."

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On new assistant coaches: “We’re trying to find a couple of guys that Todd’s comfortable with and we’ll just keep going on that.”

**Reirden noted during his press conference that assistant coach Blaine Forsythe and goaltending coach Scott Murray will be returning along with video coaches Brett Leonhardt and Tim Ohashi. Lane Lambert is still officially with the Capitals, but it is expected that he will join Barry Trotz with the Islanders.

On Director of Goaltending Mitch Korn: “We’re in discussions with Mitch. He’s kinda going through the process of what he wants to do, career-wise. We’ve expressed that we want him back. We’re just giving him a little time to make a decision on it.”

On changing systems: The way we finished up systematically, I think is pretty close to what Todd wants to do. He might try a couple of different things. Power play will be pretty much the same. Penalty kill might be a little more pressure. Subtle tweaks that we’ve talked about that he wants to try in the lineup.  I don’t think it’s going to be much different.” 

MacLellan also said the Caps are monitoring one or two veteran free agents that he didn't name. 


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