Updated: Sep 23, 2020
It's hard to mention the name Barry Trotz and not have a Caps fan cringe.
Two seasons have gone by since Todd Reirden took over for Trotz and in those two seasons, Washington has not made it past the first round of the playoffs. On August 20, Trotz's Islanders defeated them in game five and Reirden's fate was sealed.
Reirden compiled a 89-46-16 record with the Caps, but the team started to slip since January and this post-season wasn't any better. GM Brian MacLellan says it best: "I think there was frustration throughout the organization with how we performed in the bubble. We never quite seemed to find our game - I think that [combined] with how we finished up the last 20 games of the season (8-9-3) resulted in making a decision yesterday and today."
- Discipline: 267 minor penalties during the season and 23 against New York. (Most in the NHL in the first round)
- Power play dropped to 18-for-116 (15.5%) in 36 regular-season games (Since Dec 13) and 5-for-28 (17.9%) in eight playoff games. (Caps' PP were top seven in the NHL for six straight seasons before 2019-2020)
This was Reirden's first experience as an NHL coach. Washington, being an experienced team, needs someone who can match that level.
To do list:
Improve special teams
Hire new, experienced head coach
Hire new assistant coach (Reid Cashman)
Figure out Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby's contracts