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The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that assistant coach Reid Cashman will be Dartmouth’s head coach next season but remain with the team for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The second-year assistant has run the Capitals’ defense for the past two seasons.
Despite starting out with the same defensive group that won the Capitals a Stanley Cup in 2018, the team has allowed an average of 3.05 goals-per-game under Cashman, which is 17th in the NHL during his tenure. The Capitals were eighth in goals-against per game (2.76) through the first 37 games of this season but are 29th in the NHL with an average of 3.44 goals-against per game since. The only two teams who were worse were the Ottawa Senators (3.47) and Detroit Red Wings (3.52), the two worst teams in the NHL in 2019-20.
The Capitals allowed a league-high 3.58 goals-against per game after January 28. Though, their average of 30.2 shots-against per game was the ninth-fewest in the NHL this season.
“The Washington Capitals appreciate Reid’s tireless work ethic and contributions to the organization over the past four seasons, both with the Capitals and the Hershey Bears, working with the organization’s defensemen,” the team tweeted.
Before he came to the Capitals, Cashman was the associate head men’s hockey coach at Quinnipiac University and an assistant coach for the AHL’s Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ top minor league affiliate.
The Capitals will be in search of a replacement over the offseason.
By Harrison Brown