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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (55) / 7/15/1962
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Barry Trotz has decided to step down as coach of the Washington Capitals.
"Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals," said the team in a statement. "We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise." Trotz has been the head coach of the Capitals for the last four seasons and he helped guide the team to a Stanley Cup championship in his final year behind the bench of the club. An automatic two-year extension activated when he won the Cup, but the value of the deal was below market value. Trotz and the Capitals reportedly couldn't come to terms on an extension and he will be granted permission to speak to other organizations as a free agent following his resignation. Jun 18 - 3:03 PM

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Barry Trotz would like to remain with the Washington Capitals.

Trotz's contract is set to expire this summer, but it seems likely that the two sides will be able to work something out. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said that the team will work on an extension with Trotz. We imagine Trotz's negotiating position is fairly strong given that he just led the Washington Capitals to a championship.
Jun 13 - 6:22 PM

It looks as if Barry Trotz is expecting to stay as coach of the Washington Capitals next season.

Trotz's four-year contract is about to expire and while there has been plenty of doubt surrounding his return of late, Trotz seems to think that he will be back. "I’m part of this team," Trotz said Saturday at Nats Park, watching the Nationals play San Francisco while celebrating the Cup win. "I'm part of this organization. So, yeah, absolutely." It's starting to look like Trotz will remain in Washington and get himself a nice big raise.
Jun 10 - 9:07 AM

Barry Trotz spoke to the media about entering the off-season without much clarity on his contract status.

"I’m not in any state to talk. I always talked about having really good clarity and calm and all that.' said Barry Trotz. "I don’t have a lot of clarity right now. That’s self-inflicted." It's unclear if Trotz declined a contract extension some time this season but he couldn't be entering negotiations with any more leverage than he has right now after winning Washington's first Stanley Cup. Ultimately, we'd be surprised if the Capitals couldn't come to an agreement with their head coach and we'd expect a deal to be worked out some time after Washington's parade on Tuesday.
Jun 9 - 3:06 PM

Saturday night's Game 3 matchup for the Washington Capitals will set a franchise record for the most games played in a single post-season.

Tonight will mark Washington's 22nd post-season game, prior to this, the Capitals only had two other runs that lasted longer than 14 games and those were in 1990 and 1998. It's been a remarkable season for the Capitals but they have just a 4-5 record at home during the playoffs. That is something they must improve upon in the Final if they wish to come away with their first Stanley Cup.
Jun 2 - 6:46 PM

If the Capitals are going to win the Stanley Cup they are going to have to have some success on home ice.

The Caps have a 9-3 record on the road this playoffs with a 3.58 goals-for-average and a 2.33 goals-against average. In Washington, the team has a 4-5 record with a 3.33 goals-for-average and a 3.00 goals-against-average. "We don't need to be making extra passes and being too cute," said forward Brett Connolly. It will be interesting to see if the Capitals can play their road game at home Saturday night.
Jun 2 - 8:45 AM

The Washington Capitals felt that the ice in Vegas was a factor they'll need to adjust to in Game 2.

The ice quality wasn't great, making things a little bouncy, which Braden Holtby noted that the Golden Knights took advantage of for turnovers. Capitals coach Barry Trotz concurred that less than ideal ice conditions are something that his team needs to accept and adjust to going into Game 2. "You can’t expect the ice to be fantastic this time of year, especially in the markets that we are," Trotz said. "It’s just part of the way you have to play. You have to adjust your game. You have to realize what you can do and what you can’t do."
May 30 - 10:53 AM

Washington didn't have a morning skate Monday prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The series opener between the Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights will start at 5:00 p.m. local time. Vegas didn't have many players on the ice for an optional session this morning. Washington coach Barry Trotz did a lap around the ice on Sunday instead, which is what he did ahead of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.
May 28 - 1:32 PM

Barry Trotz will going into the Stanley Cup Final with his future undetermined.

Trotz is in the final season of his contract as the head coach of the Washington Capitals and that isn't about to change. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan confirmed that the team will assess the situation after the playoffs, so an extension isn't on the immediate horizon. That's not surprising as this is hardly the time to negotiate an extension, but it does highlight one of the biggest questions facing the Capitals regardless of if they win or lose in the finals.
May 25 - 5:04 PM

Washington has held onto the lead for 391 minutes and 19 seconds during the playoffs, which leads all teams.

The Capitals have had a lead at one point in 13 of their 14 postseason matches. Washington has trailed for just 113 minutes and 30 seconds. Tampa Bay will try to make the Capitals play catch-up in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday night.
Source: Mike Vogel
May 15 - 5:19 PM

Washington has been great on the road this postseason.

The Capitals have posted a stellar 6-1 record away from home and have outscored their opponents 24-15 in road contests during this playoffs. They will look to continue that success on Sunday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
May 12 - 9:50 AM

Despite losing the first two games of their series against the Blue Jackets in overtime, the Capitals have scored first in every game of the playoffs so far.

Scoring first does not guarantee a victory, but it does set the tone for the game. It will be interesting to see if the Caps can turn the trick a fifth time Saturday afternoon in Game 5, or if the Blue Jackets can figure out a way to curb Washington's fast starts.
Apr 21 - 12:13 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed GM Brian MacLellan to a contract extension.

MacLellan has been serving as the Capitals' general manager since May 26, 2014. The Capitals have made the playoffs in three straight seasons and they're expected to clinch again this year. However, Washington still hasn't managed to get past the second round in the Alex Ovechkin-era, and their lack of playoff success continues to be the major issue there. We'll see if this year proves to be different.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 9 - 2:13 PM

Barry Trotz will coach in his 1500th NHL game Saturday night when the Capitals face off against the Blackhawks.

That ranks fifth all-time and third amongst active coaches, behind only Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville. Trotz's overall record is 746-559-60-134. Pretty impressive numbers given Trotz's first gig was a 16-year post with the expansion Nashville Predators long before they were an NHL power.
Feb 17 - 1:23 PM

The 2017 Prospect Tournament scheduled to be played in Estero, Florida has been canceled.

The tournament would have featured prospects from the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. However, Hurricane Irma might hit Florida, which is what prompted the tournament to be canceled.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 11:26:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
4Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
7Travis Boyd
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley