Kevin McCarthy, who will primarily work with Washington’s defensemen, has been a long-time assistant coach under Peter Laviolette,

            As the teams sorts out its blue line pairings, it adds another option to the mix by resigning the 23-year-old who played in 64 games last season.

            Washington also added Cameron Schilling and Paul LaDue.

            The longtime New York Rangers goalie, who signed with the Capitals on Friday, follows in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, Bruce Smith and more.

            Lapierre, who has a complicated injury history, was ranked 13th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

            Brenden Dillon signed a four-year contract with an average annual value of $3.9 million with the Capitals.

            John Carlson's career season made him a Norris Trophy finalist for the first time in his career.

            • Perspective

            After experimenting with yet another first-time coach, the Capitals now turn to a straight-talking Stanley Cup winner, who seems like a perfect fit.

            Both sides have agreed to keep in touch throughout the free agency period.

            Washington started its coaching search after firing Todd Reirden in August.

            Todd Reirden was previously an assistant coach with the Penguins before he joined the Capitals organization.

            “There is so much parity in the league that you can’t afford to have some of the best talent on the ice and kind of go halfway in when it comes to coaching,” NHL analyst Anson Carter said.

            • Perspective

            The Caps need a veteran voice to get back them where they want to be: competing for the Stanley Cup.

            Reirden, who was in his first head coaching job, had earned high praise from his players, especially from the defensemen he helped mold.

            Even before the novel coronavirus took control of the NHL season, there were signs that pointed to a possible early exit.

            NBC Sports Washington informed Carlin earlier this month that his contract would not be renewed.

            • Perspective

            After a second consecutive first-round flameout, it’s fair to ask: Are the Capitals' days as an annual title contender in the past?

            The Islanders, with former Capitals coach Barry Trotz behind the bench, steamrolled Washington in Toronto. It is the second straight year the Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup in 2018, have been eliminated in the first round.

            “We had everyone going, everyone pulling on the same rope and our job now is to make sure that filters over into the next game,” Braden Holtby said.

            • Perspective

            Washington’s captain has matured into much more than just a goal scorer. The Capitals will need every facet of his well-rounded game to overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Islanders.

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