Closing in on Lord Stanley's Cup

Mitchell was sorely missed by Vancouver in the playoffs. The Caps would love to add him for next year's second season. Kim Stallknecht/Getty Images

Plugging Holes -- Washington Capitals

The Hole: More help on defense

The Capitals are coming off the wrong side of one of the biggest upsets in NHL postseason history. While there are a number of reasons for the loss to the Montreal Canadiens -- luck is legitimately one of them, too -- the Capitals still lack a shut-down defenseman. Defensemen like Mike Green, Tom Poti and John Carlson can move the puck as well as anyone, but shutdown defensemen they are not. Jeff Schultz (plus-52 goal differential at even strength) clearly made great progress last season, but he is probably more apt to fill in the No. 4 defenseman slot on the team instead of the No. 2 position.