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Can Peter Laviolette fix what ails the Washington Capitals?

In announcing Peter Laviolette as his new head coach, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan used an unusual phrase, saying they were fortunate to "have him available at a time of need for our organization."

One often hears buzzy managerial language in situations like this -- "taking us to the next level" and the like -- but "at a time of need for our organization" isn't usually part of that lexicon. It does, however, capture this moment for the Capitals: an aging veteran team, two years removed from their first Stanley Cup and watching their window slowly close, needing an experienced coach with a track record to hold them accountable and demand consistency.