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Washington Capitals: A look back at Matt Niskanen’s tenure in D.C.

While sometimes “culture” is a word used to cover-up various other flaws (of which the Washington Capitals had many at the time), they truly needed a shock to the system.

The Capitals missed the playoffs in the 2013-2014 season on the back of a fluttering defense and inconsistent offensive attack. The end result was the dismissal of general manager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates and a barrel of questions about the future of the franchise.

After Brian MacLellan replaced the former and Barry Trotz replaced the latter, the two set out to fix the Capitals defense.