Capitals promote Todd Reirden to head coach

The Washington Capitals found the successor to Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz on their own bench. Associate coach Todd Reirden was named the 18th head coach in franchise history Friday.
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Reirden, 47, is a highly regarded coach who specialized in working with the team’s defensemen. He joined the Capitals in 2014, having previously spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 2009.

We feel that the time is right for Todd to lead our hockey club, general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. Based on his coaching experience, communication abilities, his approach to the game and the Jeremy Roenick Jersey respect he commands in our locker room, we feel that Todd has earned this opportunity.

Trotz tendered his resignation from the Capitals on June 18, having coached them since 2014. When Washington won the Stanley Cup, it triggered a two-year contract extension for Trotz at a nominal salary that would have paid him far below what contemporaries such as Mike Babcock and Joel Quenneville had received since Trotz signed his.

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