As Capitals owner Ted Leonsis continues evaluating his hockey team, the futures of George McPhee and Adam Oates twist in the wind.
In 10 games with the Capitals defenseman Julien Brouillette proved to be a reliable option.
The Montreal Canadiens swept past the Tampa Bay Lightning, setting up a second-round date with either Boston or Detroit.
Capitals center Jay Beagle began the season as a healthy scratch. He ended it as a top-six forward.