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Todd Reirden Relieved Of His Duties In Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have relieved head coach Todd Reirden of his coaching duties, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” said MacLellan. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Reirden, 49, was the 18th head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 89-46-16 record from 2018-20.

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TreKronor's avatar

If only they could have hired a Stanley cup winning coach who had a successful track record coaching players such as Ove, Backstrom, Oshie, and others. I bet such a coach would still be coaching in the playoffs this year.

Oh wait a sec…

Posted by TreKronor on 08/23/20 at 11:33 AM ET


Probably wouldn’t have had to play against, and lose to implied coach too.

Posted by Ventr on 08/23/20 at 02:01 PM ET

AzWingsFan's avatar

They should be sending the GM with him as he was the bonehead who wanted Reirden over Trotz in the first place.

Posted by AzWingsFan on 08/23/20 at 02:13 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

All Trotz does is win. Great Coach. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 08/23/20 at 04:52 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

When you combine Reirden’s salary with the new coaches salary, they could have given Trotz a raise and still been close to break even.

The epitome of “penny wise pound foolish”


Posted by Down River Dan on 08/23/20 at 05:08 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Certainly didn’t help having to play their former coach.
Isle are young & Hungry.
Capitals bit older and lacked the intensity they brought when they were cup hungry,
Having Backstrom hurt for the duration didn’t help at all, he’s key to their offense.
They miss that solid sizable defensive plug left when Orpik retired.
Holtby wasn’t great either.

Any who… enter Mike Babcock? Might not be a bad fit here, would certainly make them better,  but without a commitment to re-tool, might not be able to return this team to serious contender.

If I’m him, I hold out for a shot at Tampa assuming they blow out Cooper when they go down to the Bs

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 08/24/20 at 10:02 AM ET


To me, Trotz is the best coach in the league. He has repeatedly got the most out of whatever roster he has had to work with. It was a colossal mistake to replace him when the rest of the Stanley Cup winning team was basically going to stay intact.

Posted by evileye on 08/24/20 at 11:27 AM ET

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