Former Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden published a statement to the media Sunday afternoon following his release from the team earlier in the day.
Statement from Todd Reirden: pic.twitter.com/hDK2XNjhqb
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The Capitals relieved Todd Reirden of his coaching duties, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced Sunday morning.
“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” said MacLellan. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”
After firing head coach Todd Reirden on Sunday morning, Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan told the media that “we need an experienced coach, [one who will] press buttons on some players.” He added that the team is “going to find the best” man for the job.
This is from last October when then Caps coach Todd Reirden gave Alex Luey a fist bump and the player of the game helmet after the game. Classy gesture. pic.twitter.com/bk38DmAHrp
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Reirden, 49, was the 18th head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 89-46-16 record from 2018-20. He had two seasons remaining on his contract, according to The Athletic’s Craig Custance.
Reirden was part of the Capitals’ coaching staff for six seasons, including two as an assistant from 2014-2016 and two as an associate from 2016-18. He worked with the defense on Barry Trotz’s staff from 2014-2018 and was promoted after Trotz resigned on June 18, 2018.
The Capitals ended the regular-season by going 19-16-3, including 8-9-3 in their final 20 games, before the NHL paused due to COVID-19 after a 26-6-5 start to the season. Their average of 3.44 goals-against per game after December 22 was the most of any of the 24 qualifying round teams. The Capitals arguably came up short of expectations in Reirden’s first two seasons as head coach, falling in the first round to teams they should have beaten and getting outplayed and, some argue, out-coached in both series. Reirden did not want to discuss his job security after the team’s 4-0 season-ending loss in Game 5 on Thursday.