Caps Risk Losing Todd Reirden to Flames

Todd Reirden
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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

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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