Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis believes that the current defense is the best the franchise has seen since 1999 when he came on board with the ownership group.
“Right now, I think this is the deepest defensive corps that we’ve had since I’ve owned the team,” Leonsis said. “We have a lot of depth and we needed that just to settle things down in the back. We certainly needed help on our penalty kill. And I think the better, more experienced the defense is, the better the goaltending is. I think they go hand in hand. Free agency, the upside on free agency is that you get to add players to the team without giving up an asset.”
At this point during the trade season, it is estimated by Cap Geek that $28.7 million of cap space is allocated to the Capitals defense for the 2014-15 season. With this amount of money being tied up in the blue line, it better be one of the best in the league.
The Capitals also have a new head coach after hiring Barry Trotz. He has a defense-first mentality which seems to be the underlying explanation as to the amazing defensive players being brought to the team. Leonsis would not confirm these suspicions as he says he keeps a distance between himself and internal decisions being made. Though he did say that all players coming to the team must be in sync with the main goals of the franchise.
Trotz has become the fourth head coach for the Capitals since the 2011-12 campaign. The constant change must be crazy to work under and hopefully some stability will begin with the coming season.
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