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Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan met with the media on Friday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. One of the big questions he was asked was Barry Trotz’s contract. Trotz is in the final year of his contract and just guided the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998. It was also the first time Trotz has coached this far into the postseason.
MacLellan offered praise for the way Trotz handled himself all season in a contract year.
“To come into this year with so many questions, not from my point of view but the emotional state of our team to start the year, how he handled that… I think he’s done an outstanding job,” said MacLellan.
MacLellan also talked about how his mood has changed ever since the Capitals got over the second-round hump.
“I think his demeanor has changed a little bit. He seems a little lighter, a little looser, a little less pressure. Maybe a little more freedom the way he goes about things. He’s more relaxed I guess would be the way to describe it,” added MacLellan.
GMBM was then asked about Trotz’s contract status and whether he’ll bring him back and give him an extension.
“We’re gonna address everything after the playoffs,” said MacLellan.
We’ve asked before each round, so: Should the #ALLCAPS try to re-sign Barry Trotz?
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) May 25, 2018
No matter what happens in the future, Trotz deserves the praise and the recognition from the man upstairs who has called the shots in roster construction over the last four seasons.
By Michael Marzzacco