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

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Capitals coach Barry Trotz considers Tuesday's game against Edmonton to be a big one.
That's because after Washington plays on Tuesday, it'll take a week long break due to the All-Star Game. "Oh, it's huge," Trotz said. "It's huge. We're trying to stay with the few teams. We're trying to stay above teams, so to me, we had a good push today. We didn't want to lose today, so it's imperative that we get Tuesday. We have to be hungry. We have to get that game. To me, it's almost like a must game." Washington currently has a six-point cushion in the battle for a Wild Card spot. Jan 19 - 11:13 AM

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Barry Trotz will coach against the Nashville Predators for the first time on Friday.

Trotz was behind the bench for 1,196 games with Nashville. Until the 2014-15 campaign, he was the only man to ever serve as the Predators' head coach, but he got let go over the summer and subsequently joined the Washington Capitals. Both Nashville and Washington have found success so far this season and each squad has been particularly effective lately.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 16 - 9:48 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz wants his players to take the time to soak in the experience of playing in the Winter Classic.

Washington will play Chicago at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday in Nationals Park. "Really, the message is enjoy this experience," Trotz said. "Let's face it, this is pretty unique and it's something that you don't always get to do. So you want to share it with your family." Trotz went on to predict that the game would have a playoff atmosphere to it. In addition to that, this is an important two points for Washington as the Capitals only have a one-point edge in the Wild Card race.
Jan 1 - 9:38 AM

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.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 11:34:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 01:55:00 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."
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:10:00 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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 05:38:00 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.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 12:35:00 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.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 08:36:00 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.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 06:28:00 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.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 04:53:00 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.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 09:50:00 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.
Tue, May 27, 2014 06:15:00 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.
Tue, May 27, 2014 01:51:00 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.
Mon, May 26, 2014 06:11:00 PM

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All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Curtis Glencross
3Marcus Johansson
4Joel Ward
5Jason Chimera
RW1Troy Brouwer
2Andre Burakovsky
3Eric Fehr
4Jay Beagle
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Tim Gleason
7Dmitry Orlov
8John Erskine
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters