This morning the Washington Capitals announced that they have relieved head coach Todd Reirden after two seasons behind the bench after taking over for Barry Trotz.
In his two seasons with the Capitals as head coach, Reirden would lead the Caps to a 89-46-16 record during the regular season, but during the playoffs would only go 4-8 and not make it out of the first round.
“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary. 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.”Brian MacLellan, GM and SVP
So the question now becomes “Who’s Next?” You need to wonder if the Capitals will try to bring in someone with more experience, like a Gerard Gallant or Peter Laviolette, who both were relieved of their coaching duties in Vegas and Nashville respectively, or could they go with someone who is newer like Reirden was.
One thing is for certain. Whoever the Capitals bring in, they need to clean house completely on the bench, and bring new fresh voices to lead them.
You can read the Washington Capitals full press release here.