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Sport Washington Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after two first-round playoff exits

19:41  23 august  2020
19:41  23 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Washington Capitals relieved coach Todd Reirden of his duties on Sunday, a move that came after two consecutive seasons of first - round playoff Reirden , who was the 18th coach in franchise history and the only person interviewed for the head coaching job two years ago, finished with a

The Washington Capitals fired Reirden as head coach Sunday after they were ousted by Trotz’s Islanders in the first round of the NHL playoffs . Reirden lasted just two years after taking over for Trotz following the Captials’ first-ever Stanley Cup win in 2018. “We have higher expectations for our

The Washington Capitals fired coach Todd Reirden Sunday after two seasons of first-round playoff exits.

Reirden was the top assistant to Barry Trotz when the Capitals won their lone Stanley Cup title in 2018. Trotz left the team in a contract dispute and later joined the New York Islanders. The Capitals promoted Reirden to the head coaching job.

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In the wake of the Capitals ' second first - round playoff exit in the second year under head coach Todd Reirden , questions were bound to come up regarding the team's future behind the bench. Add in the fact that Washington lost in just five games to the New York Islanders, a team coached by the

Following a first - round playoff exit , the second -year coach has a rested group that includes some new faces. Todd Reirden has a Stanley Cup ring and zero playoff series wins. He has a Metropolitan Division championship, a 100-point season and an arena full of doubters before the puck

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Dmitry Orlov, Todd Reirden are posing for a picture: Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden is out after two seasons. © Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden is out after two seasons.

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In two regular seasons, Reirden had a .642 winning percentage and won two division titles, but the team wasn't able to produce playoff success.

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Capitals head coach Todd Reirden will be in his second year at the helm for Washington as he manages a team with plenty of offseason turnover. Now, after a considerable number of personnel changes following a first - round playoff exit , Reirden has the opportunity to put his stamp on the team.

Washington Capitals Coach Todd Reirden and his son, Travis. (Greg Kahn/GRAIN for The Todd Reirden was in Las Vegas the first week of December and in the thick of his first season as the While he worked to piece together two top lines from a forward corps nursing multiple injuries, his

The Capitals' Stanley Cup defense in 2019 ended in the first round when they blew a 3-2 series lead and lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime in Game 7.

This season, the Capitals received a bye from the qualifying round, but they lost to Trotz's Islanders in five games.

The Capitals still have a strong core with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Now, it will be up to a new coach to get them back to the top.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Washington Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after two first-round playoff exits

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