Barry Trotz Resigns as Capitals Head Coach

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The Washington Capitals announced on Monday afternoon that head coach Barry Trotz has resigned and will not be back with the team. 

After coaching for 15 years with the Nashville Predators, Trotz succeeded Adam Oates as head coach in 2014. He has coached the past four seasons with the team, going 205-89-34, good for a .677 point percentage. Trotz won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2015-16 and guided the Capitals to consecutive Presidents’ Trophies in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He led the Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup this past season and three consecutive Metropolitan Division titles.

In his career, Trotz went 762-568-60 with the Predators and Capitals, good for a .564 points percentage. He coached his 1500th game in the NHL on February 17 against the Chicago Blackhawks and became the fifth coach in league history to reach the milestone.

Trotz will become a free agent on July 1 and the New York Islanders are the only other team without a head coach. He also has the option to retire after a 19-year coaching career. The Capitals will have to give permission to other teams that want to sign him because a two-year contract extension somewhere around $2 million already kicked in when the team won the Stanley Cup but, “as coaches’ contracts have exploded in value, it was below the market.,” according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman. The two sides tried to negotiate an extension but could not agree to terms.

Trotz becomes the fifth coach in NHL history who didn’t return to their team after they won the Stanley Cup the year before.

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan will talk to the media at 6 PM.

From Capitals’ Release:

Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.

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21 Responses to Barry Trotz Resigns as Capitals Head Coach

  1. Cynthia R Shoemaker says:

    WOW!!! THE MAN JUST WON A STANLEY CUP🏆 FOR YOU, AND YOU CAN’T COME UP WITH THE 💰💰?? UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. This one is puzzling as hell, frankly. Having just brought us the Cup, BT was holding all the cards and seemingly had all the leverage he needed to wheedle a better contract out of GMBM (with whom he’d been at swords points for quite some time per the rumor mill–and perhaps that’s the rub…)

    Anyway, I hope he’s in great health. He should be in great spirits and will have absolutely ZERO problems landing a plum job somewhere else if any are available around the league in the months ahead…

    Good Luck to you and your family, Barry, and THANKS A THOUSAND TIMES OVER for leading this team to a Stanley Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ever,

    Clifford

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