To be fair, Nashville never had the budget Washington does. The Predators have always been an internal cap team.
Having a Dion Phaneuf clone and the crappy-at-defense John Carlson is not going to help Trotz. He has a sexy first line, a disjointed second line, and a mess of depth players. It will not be enough to bring Washington over the edge. Washington is a failure of a franchise, and it will continue its glorious history of no Cups.