The Washington Capitals are available in the market for a brand new head coach. The group introduced Sunday morning that it was parting methods with coach Todd Reirden following two straight first-round playoff exits.

“Now we have larger expectations for our group, and we felt a recent strategy in management was essential,” stated Capitals senior vp and common supervisor Brian MacLellan in a written assertion. “We want to thank Todd for all of his laborious work and efforts with our group. Todd has been a giant a part of our group for greater than half a decade, together with our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we want him and his household all the perfect shifting ahead.”  

Reirden had been the pinnacle coach in Washington since 2018, when he was promoted from his function as a high assistant underneath Barry Trotz. The Capitals determined to let Trotz stroll reasonably than assembly his contract calls for instantly after he coached Washington to a Stanley Cup title, as an alternative electing handy over the reins to Reirden. 

Reirden, 49, discovered common season success in Washington, teaching the Caps to a 89-46-16 report and back-to-back Metropolitan division titles in his two seasons behind the bench. Nevertheless, playoff success was tougher to come back by, as Washington was bounced within the first spherical by the Carolina Hurricanes final 12 months, then dispatched by Trotz’s New York Islanders within the first spherical this postseason. 

Now consideration turns to who Washington could pursue in its teaching search. There are a number of veteran coaches out there available on the market — together with Peter Laviolette, Gerard Gallant and Mike Babcock — however the Caps have a historical past of leaning on rookie coaches, maybe for monetary causes. Trotz was the Caps’ solely non-rookie teaching rent within the Ovechkin period.

Will Washington’s strategy change contemplating Ovechkin has one 12 months remaining on his present deal and the group’s present window appears to be closing? It will be fascinating to see.


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