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Barry Trotz Resigns as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals

June 19, 2018 - 9:20 am

By Joe Schiller

The Washington Capitals continue their Stanley Cup victory parade but they’ll be doing it without a head coach. Barry Trotz announced his resignation yesterday in a move that shocked the hockey world.

Trotz was expected to become a free agent coach this offseason and swiftly re-signed by the Capitals after their first Stanley Cup championship but that’s taken a complete 180-degree turn.

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, Trotz had a two-year extension clause in his contract that included a $300,000 pay increase if the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. That would have bumped his salary from $1.5 million to $1.8 million. But in a league where coaches like Joel Quenneville, Claude Julien, and Mike Babcock are all making $5 million annual or more, Trotz is looking for a similar payday.

That’s something the Capitals didn’t provide

Trotz released an official statement following his resignation, thanking owner Ted Leonsis, the front office, staff, players, and fans for their role in the team’s success throughout his tenure as head coach.

The Capitals bolstered a 205-89-34 record during four seasons under Trotz, the best in the NHL during that span.

Trotz is now free to speak with any team and the New York Islanders are considered one of the early favorites. In Washington, associate head coach Todd Reirden is expected to be a heavy in-house candidate to replace Trotz as the Capitals look to defend their elusive title in 2019.