Nicklas Backstrom

Capitals Improvement: MacLellan plans on tweaks not overhaul

Brian MacLellan has the power to completely remake the Washington Capitals in the wake of another early playoff exit and he faces a salary-cap crunch that would justify it.

The general manager doesn't expect anything so drastic. He said Tuesday that he expects to tweak and retool on the fly rather than overhauling the roster of a team that won the Presidents' Trophy in back-to-back seasons but hasn't made it past the second round in the Alex Ovechkin era.

"I don't think it makes sense in my mind just to blow it up or make a major change," MacLellan said. "It's a lot easier to make this team worse than it is better."

Trade Ovechkin or All-Star...

74°