After a month-long search, the Washington Capitals have decided who will be the next to lead them behind the bench and in the front office.

Washington named Brian MacLellan general manager and Barry Trotz coach Monday, giving the organization familiarity and experience, respectively, as it aims to usher in a new era.

MacLellan, 55, has been a fixture in Washington for the past 13 seasons, serving first as a pro scout, then director of player personnel and, for the past seven seasons, assistant general manager under George McPhee. Promoting MacLellan doesn’t fulfill what owner Ted Leonsis explained in April as a need for a “fresh set of eyes and new voice” to assess the team, given that the Guelph, Ontario native has been involved with Washington since 2000.

But even with his close ties to McPhee – they were teammates at Bowling Green University from 1978 to ’82 long before they worked together in Washington – MacLellan has a player-development background, and it’s unclear how much their approaches to building a team will overlap.

There is uncertainty with any first-time general manager, because they’ve never held the top job before and there’s no track record to evaluate. But in selecting MacLellan, the Capitals opted for an unknown they’re familiar with rather than bringing in someone new from the outside. As a player, MacLellan appeared in 606 NHL games during a 10-year career that included winning the Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989.

Trotz, 51, spent the past 15 seasons as coach in Nashville. When he was fired in April after the Predators failed to reach the playoffs for a second consecutive season, the Manitoba native quickly became a highly-sought-after candidate for every team with a vacancy behind the bench.