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A few weeks ago, NoVa Caps published an article speculating whether the Capitals could lose highly regarded defense coach Todd Reirden to a team looking for a head coach. Now, that speculation has turned into a possibility
According to a recent report, Reirden is among the possible finalists for the Calgary Flames head coax vacancy.
The Calgary Herald is also reporting that Reirden is in the running for the Flames head coaching position.
Losing Reirden would be a huge loss for the Caps, particularly their defensemen. Reirden has helped current Capitals blueliners Matt Niskanen, Nate Schmidt, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Taylor Chorney, Dmitry Orlov, and Brooks Orpik refine their game and become better defenders. Under Reirden’s watch, Carlson had a career year in 2014-15 with 12 goals and 55 points. Niskanen has become a better all-around rearguard, while Alzner has seen an increase in his offensive totals.
The Capitals finished their President’s Trophy-winning season as one of the top teams in goals against, and the team’s penalty kill also improved drastically. The Flames have talented blueliners like captain Mark Giordano, TJ Bodie, and Dougie Hamilton that would likely benefit from having Reirden as coach. There is also the possibility that Reirden may not win to leave Washington, as they offer him a better chance of winning a Stanley Cup. Or perhaps the Flames decide on another choice. Whether Reirden leaves or stays, it will have a big impact on the Caps either way.
By Michael Fleetwood