Farewell, Todd Reirden

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Posted August 23, 2020

(Caps Outsider)

It came as no surprise that the Capitals parted ways with head coach Todd Reirden on Sunday, shortly after their worst loss in the playoffs in many years, and the second first-round exit in his two seasons.

General manager Brian MacLellan wasn’t happy with how the team performed in Toronto, not just the 4-1 series loss to the Islanders but the team’s preparation. In a conference call with reporters, he stressed the need to find an experienced coach who could hold players accountable. MacLellan also praised Reirden for his six seasons with the team where he helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 2018 as an assistant.

The Caps were 89-46-16 with Reirden as head coach, but things had gone downhill since Christmas. MacLellan also said that the Caps losing to former head coach Barry Trotz played no role in the decision. MacLellan spoke about being disappointed in not being able to come to terms with Trotz a few years ago to stay on as head coach. The length of time was the sticking point.

We here at Caps Outsider would like to wish the best of luck to Reirden.