Three keys to the offseason: Washington Capitals

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan has some intriguing decisions to make this offseason, including a potential long-term pact for Evgeny Kuznetsov. Patrick McDermott/NHLI/Getty Images

It’s another early playoff exit for the Washington Capitals. At least, earlier than the high aspirations that surrounded this team following a dominant regular season.

The Capitals looked poised for a postseason breakthrough, with a team that had very few weaknesses, and they still couldn’t get out of the second round. Even worse, they lost to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here are the offseason priorities as general manager Brian MacLellan goes back to the drawing board: