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“I don’t want to take anything away from the Capitals offensively. … (They have) great power plays and great individuals that can put the puck in the net,” Trotz said. “I didn’t have that in Nashville. I had some real good players, but not enough up front, so we become a little more of a defensive team.”

Trotz said he doesn’t see why the Capitals can’t get back in the Stanley Cup mix right away, assuming they can forge the unified gameplan envisioned by MacLellan.

“There’s enough ability here,” Trotz said. “We just have to forge a little bit of an identity going forward.”

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