Capitals promote MacLellan to GM, name Trotz coach

The Washington Capitals have finally announced who will be their next general manager and coach. The Capitals have promoted Brian MacLellan to general manager. MacLellan has NHL experience and has worked closely with the Hershey Bears. The Capitals have also hired Barry Trotz to be their coach.  Trotz is also an experienced hockey mind having coached the Nashville Predators for 15 seasons.

I like both these signings as both the MacLellan and Trotz are experienced hockey minds.  Both are still young in terms of General Managers and Coaches.  The Capitals press release has all the information on both men.

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Capitals sign Mitchell

The Washington Capitals have announced that they have signed forward Garrett Mitchell to a one-year, two-way contract.  This mean Mitchell can play for the Capitals and the Hershey Bears.

Last season Mitchell played 17 games for the Bears recording two assist.  Mitchell is a developing prospect and is only 22 years old, he will likely play for the Bears next season.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Capitals trade Halak for fourth-round pick

The Washington Capitals have traded Jarolav Halak to the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.  Halak was acquired earlier this season in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

Halak had a 29-13-7 record in 52 games with the Capitals.  Halak put up good numbers but it seemed like his heart was not in it for the Capitals.  The Capitals still need to improve their goal tending and defense if they want to get back in the playoffs next season.  Having more picks will help the Capitals rebuild.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Capitals trade Rissling to Predators for draft pick

The Washington Capitals have traded Jaynen Rissling to the Nashville Predators for a seventh round pick. The pick the Capitals have acquired is in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft.

Rissling was a 20 year old defenseman playing in the Western Hockey League. Rissling showed good offensive potential.

Here is the Capitals press release.
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Capitals recall Peter LeBlanc

The Washington Capitals have recalled Peter LeBlanc from the Hershey Bears. The Caps only have one game left this season as they have failed to make the playoffs.  The Caps likely want to give LeBlanc a taste of the NHL and see how he does.

LeBlanc is a smaller center at only 5’10” 204 pounds and has put up some very good numbers with the Bears.

Here is the Caps press release on LeBlanc.
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