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While new general manager Brian MacLellan has made it clear the Capitals’ top priority heading into today’s free agent market [noon, NHL Network] is to land a top-four defenseman [or two], he also

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Brian MacLellan has left his mark on the Capitals’ coaching staff with the hirings of Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert and Todd Reirden.

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Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden has been on the job five days and already he’s campaigning for Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to shed their Penguins’ black and gold for Capitals’ red.

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When Barry Trotz interviewed Todd Reirden about becoming the Capitals’ defensive coach, he said “there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted Todd to join our staff.”

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Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 51 goals as a right wing last season but was third from the bottom with a minus-35 rating, a big reason he received just one fifth-place vote in Hart Trophy ballotin

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