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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (52) / 7/15/1962

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Barry Trotz served in his first game as the Capitals' bench boss on Thursday.
Trotz participated in his first 1,196 games as a head coach as a member of the Nashville Predators. "I got chills down my back," Trotz admitted. "I was like, man, this is happening." Washington ended up suffering a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal. Trotz felt the Capitals lost the game in the first period when they failed to take advantage of back-to-back-to-back power plays. Oct 10 - 11:34 AM

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Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says he cares about analytics, but he won't "live or die" by them.

"So you have to marry the two. I believe in analytics, that’s why we do them. But I can’t live and die with them," Trotz told More than anything else, the Caps need a consistent approach from their new bench boss.
Sep 13 - 1:55 PM

Barry Trotz will continue to root for the Nashville Predators.

Trotz's 15-year stint as their head coach came to an end when he was fired in April. He's focused on leading the Washington Capitals now, but in his spare time he's been keeping an eye on the Predators. One thing he's made a point of doing though is to speak to Predators GM David Poile less often. "David and the people who are there will always be friends. But I think there needs to be some separation right now so everybody can come in there and be comfortable," Trotz said. "I'll be cheering like crazy for them because I want them to be successful."
Sep 2 - 11:10 AM

Washington coach Barry Trotz wants his defensemen to rush the puck up the ice.

He encouraged his blueliners to do the same in Nashville and the Predators ranked first in the league in goals by defensemen last season with 52. Washington was tied for 15th with a total of 32. A unit that includes Matt Niskanen, John Carlson and Mike Green should be capable of more than that.
Aug 4 - 5:38 PM

Lane Lambert has joined the Washington Capitals as an assistant coach.

Lambert spent the last three seasons with the Nashville Predators, so he's already got plenty of experience working with head coach Barry Trotz. Lambert oversaw forwards and the Predators' penalty kill during his tenure with Nashville.
Jun 27 - 12:35 PM

Barry Trotz has hired former AHL head coach and NHL assistant coach Todd Reirden to join his staff on the Washington Capitals this season.

Reirden played 183 games as a player in the NHL, accumulating 181 penalty minutes. The 43 year-old took over the head coaching job for the Wilkes-Barre Penguins after Dan Bylsma was promoted to head coach in Pittsburgh, and then worked his way up to the NHL as an assistant on Bylsma’s staff. The Caps swooped in quickly once the Pens announced Reirden would not be returning on Mike Johnston's coaching team.
Jun 25 - 8:36 PM

The Washington Capitals have hired Todd Reirden to serve as an assistant coach.

Reirden will work under new bench boss Barry Trotz. He previously spent four campaigns as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins with a focus on their defense and power play.
Jun 25 - 6:28 PM

Bringing in a top defenseman is high on Washington GM Brian MacLellan's wishlist.

He wants to acquire a top-flight blueliner through a trade or free agency. The Capitals desperately could use an upgrade on their back end.
Jun 16 - 4:53 PM

Mitch Korn is reportedly expected to be hired to work as Washington's goaltending coach.

He has worked in that role for the last 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators, so new Capitals coach Barry Trotz knows him well. A team spokesman declined to confirm the hire.
Jun 13 - 9:50 AM

New Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan painted the current state of the team in a negative light when he was interviewed by owner Ted Leonsis.

MacLellan suggested that the players could sense the disconnect between the old coach, general manager, and ownership and he felt that lack of a unified philosophy was holding the Capitals back. Leonsis responded positively to the criticism. "I'll tell you, his was the most negative of the interviews," Leonsis said. "There's a great quote, 'With familiarity comes contempt.' I liked that brutal honesty that he brought. When you have confidence in yourself to tell people what they don't want to hear. … I thought that was a very strong, brave voice. I had never heard that before." MacLellan plans to work closely with new coach Barry Trotz to make sure the two are in sync when it comes to the direction of the team and the roster they want to assemble.
May 27 - 6:15 PM

New Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz's goal is open to employing an offensive style with his new team.

"The team takes on the identity of its top payers… I don't want to take anything away from the Capitals offensively," Trotz said. That's in line with what he said before he got the job as he's tried to distant himself from the notion that he's a defensive-minded coach. It should be interesting to see how Alex Ovechkin in particular responds to Trotz's system as the Russian superstar excelled under former coach Adam Oates.
May 27 - 1:51 PM

Barry Trotz has been named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.

The Caps also promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager after he spent the last two seasons as the team's assistant GM. "After conducting an extensive search for a general manager, we determined that Brian was the best candidate to help us reach our ultimate goal, winning the Stanley Cup," said majority owner Ted Leonsis. "We have witnessed his abilities firsthand, and we have tremendous respect for how he manages people and situations. We feel he has relevant, in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of our franchise and will be forceful in addressing them." He also said the team is excited to add Trotz's leadership and experience to the fold.
May 26 - 6:11 PM

Barry Trotz is close to being hired by the Capitals as their next head coach, according to multiple reports.

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press says that the deal is "close but not complete." ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun says talks are "intensifying," while HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman says that Trotz is "closing in" with the Capitals. Trotz interviewed with Capitals owner Ted Loensis and team president Dick Patrick on Tuesday. It seems inevitable — probably by early in the week — that the former Predators bench boss will officially be named the coach in Washington, D.C.
May 24 - 10:44 PM

Barry Trotz has reportedly been interviewed by the Washington Capitals.

Trotz has previously expressed an interest in Washington's coaching vacancy, although he's got other potential suitors. The Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes are all considered potential destinations for Trotz.
May 21 - 1:51 PM

Barry Trotz has expressed interest in the coaching vacancies in Washington and Vancouver.

Trotz doesn't think he'll be hired until the end of May or early June though. That's partially because he's waiting for teams like the Capitals and Canucks to hire new general managers so that the process can proceed. Florida and Carolina have also been cited as potential suitors.
May 12 - 6:23 PM

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