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Three keys to the offseason for the Washington Capitals

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For as different as this Washington Capitals season felt under Barry Trotz, the results were remarkably similar to recent campaigns -- a loss in a Game 7. When it gets to that point in a series, it’s often a coin toss, which makes the fact that the Capitals didn’t close the deal when they had the opportunity earlier in the series even more frustrating for Washington fans.

There were strides made this season under Trotz and new management, and with a few tweaks, this team should be back as a top contender next season.