BALTIMORE — The Washington Capitals will not have the same look behind the bench as they try and defend their Stanley Cup championship next season. Coach Barry Trotz resigned on June 18 after he and the team could not reach an agreement on a new contract. Trotz’s contract ran out after this season but winning […]
BALTIMORE — The Washington Capitals will not have the same look behind the bench as they try and defend their Stanley Cup championship next season.
Coach Barry Trotz resigned on June 18 after he and the team could not reach an agreement on a new contract. Trotz’s contract ran out after this season but winning the Stanley Cup earned him an automatic two-year extension with an increase in pay to $1.8 million per season, according to numerous reports.
That still left him among the lower part of the pay scale of NHL head coaches. Trotz reportedly wanted a five-year deal that would pay him $4-5 million per season. The Capitals would not go there, and Trotz quietly walked away from the table.
“After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals,” Trotz said in a statement. “When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital. We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans.”
Washington reportedly nearly fired Trotz twice during the season when the team stumbled at times. The Capitals apparently would have let him go if the team hadn’t gotten past the second round in the playoffs.
“We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping to bring the Stanley Cup to Washington,” the team said in a statement. “Barry is a man of high character and integrity, and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”
Trotz was not unemployed for long, though. The New York Islanders hired him on June 21 and reportedly signed him according to various reports to a five-year deal worth at least $20 million. He made $1.5 million this past season.
The Capitals have been grooming associate coach Todd Reirden to be a head coach. He is scheduled to be interviewed later this week.
Reirden has worked with the defensemen and is apparently well-liked by them and the other players. That will keep the changes to a minimum, which is something the team is hoping for now.
Also, the Capitals are making efforts to re-sign free agent defensemen Michal Kempný who was crucial to the team during their title run.