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Brian MacLellan Defends Alex Ovechkin, Saying ‘He Gets Pressure From All Sides'

Caps GM defends Ovechkin, saying 'he gets pressure from all sides' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. A hockey general manager has to manage a lot of things. He has to manage his coaches, his scouts, his players, contracts, trades, the draft, relationships with other general managers and much more. One thing Capitals GM Brian MacLellan likely never thought he would have to manage was the politics of war in Europe. After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, however, MacLellan recognizes the difficult position Washington's four Russian players now find themselves in.
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Brian MacLellan Says Trade for Goalie Would Need to Be ‘Obvious' Upgrade

Capitals GM says trade for goalie would need to be ‘obvious’ upgrade originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan confirmed Wednesday what has become evident in recent weeks: The team will look into the goaltender market before the trade deadline, but won’t make a move unless there is an obvious upgrade available.
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Washington Capitals Trade Deadline: Brian MacLellan Can’t Fix This

This is a systematic issue, the talent is there and the system is failing them. The Washington Capitals are a bad hockey team right now and there’s nothing that Brian MacLellan can do at the trade deadline to fix it. Since the calendar year turned over, the Caps are 6-9-2. While it would take an epic collapse for this team to miss the postseason, a first-round playoff exit is looking more and more likely as the team continues to flounder.
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Nicklas Backstrom’s progress has been ‘slow and steady,’ Capitals GM Brian MacLellan says

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Washington Capitals opened their season with a big absence; Nicklas Backstrom started the year on long-term injured reserve. And injuries have continued to disrupt the lineup in the first few weeks of the season. T.J. Oshie is sidelined, Nic Dowd missed time, and Anthony Mantha is out indefinitely after he was hurt in Thursday’s overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.
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GM Brian MacLellan Says Nicklas Backstrom's Recovery Is Taking Longer Than Expected

Backstrom has been off-ice all summer while recovering from hip injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Nicklas Backstrom's status was declared to be week-to-week by the Capitals on Thursday as he continues to recover from a hip injury. He missed the start of training camp and, according to an update from general manager Brian MacLellan, there is no clear indication on when he may be ready to return.
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How will Caps GM Brian Maclellan manage the salary cap?

Believe it or not, summer is winding down and it is time to think about the 2021-22 hockey season. Andrew Gillis and JJ Regan will discuss the biggest questions surrounding the Caps heading into the new season. Today's topic: How will Brian MacLellan manage the salary cap?. Andrew: My very...
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How Will Capitals GM Brian MacLellan Manage the Salary Cap?

How will Caps GM Brian Maclellan manage the salary cap? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Believe it or not, summer is winding down and it is time to think about the 2021-22 hockey season. Andrew Gillis and JJ Regan will discuss the biggest questions surrounding the Caps heading into the new season.
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Brian MacLellan Says Strong Powerplay, Rest of Lineup Will Keep Alex Ovechkin Going

Capitals GM says strong powerplay, lineup will keep Ovechkin going originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Alex Ovechkin has defied everything logical about aging curves for about half a decade. Typically, once players reach the age of 30, their goal-scoring begins to decrease. And once they reach the age of...
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Brian MacLellan Anticipating Ovechkin Extension Will Be Signed by Wednesday

Brian MacLellan anticipating Ovechkin extension will be signed by Wednesday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Alex Ovechkin’s contract has been a discussion point for the Capitals and their fans for the last two seasons, but now, there might be an official end in sight. After the NHL Draft concluded...
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Capitals GM Brian MacLellan Explains Status of Evgeny Kuznetsov After NHL Draft

Caps GM: 'We’ve never said we’re trading Kuznetsov' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. Think an Evgeny Kuznetsov trade is inevitable? Think again. That was the message from Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan on Saturday following the NHL Draft. When asked if he has had any discussions with Kuznetsov regarding...
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2020-21 Rink Wrap: Brian MacLellan

Now that we’ve wrapped up the players, it’s time to turn our attention to the big man himself, the architect of the 2020-21 Washington Capitals... GM Brian MacLellan. Q1: What do you think was Brian MacLellan’s best move - or perhaps the best move he didn’t make - last season?
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GM Brian MacLellan Wants to Add Youth to Capitals Roster in Offseason

GM Brian MacLellan wants to add youth to Capitals in offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. As different Capitals came in and out of the lineup with injury as the regular season wound down, their age became apparent. Several players, including Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, John Carlson, Lars Eller...
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The Caps ‘ran out of gas,’ Brian MacLellan says. Next year, they will look to get younger.

The Washington Capitals will look to insert younger players into their lineup next season, General Manager Brian MacLellan said Wednesday. Washington lost Game 5 of its best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins on Sunday night, exiting the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round for the third time in as many years. What followed were questions about their aging, veteran core and the injuries that derailed their postseason. MacLellan on Wednesday acknowledged the team “ran out of gas” at the end.
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