For the better part of three months, various members of the Washington Capitals have tiptoed around the issues afflicting the team. They'd mention leadership, commitment and discipline, but nothing specific enough to explain yet another postseason collapse.

On Wednesday, though, former Capital Matt Bradley stopped speaking in generalities and took the issues head on. Among them were the team's lack of discipline, Alexander Semin's lack of effort and a caste system that rewards underperforming stars.

"I mean, there's reasons why," said Bradley, who signed with the Florida Panthers in July as an unrestricted free agent. "We had some guys who didn't show up in the playoffs, and I'll leave them unnamed. I think our locker room was maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren't disciplined the way they should have been.

"Those two things," he added, "are big things."