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Reports: Barry Trotz is close to becoming Capitals head coach

May 24, 2014, 8:36 PM EDT

A variety of reports indicate that the Washington Capitals are closing in on an agreement to make Barry Trotz their new head coach.

Nothing is done yet, but the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that it’s close enough that Trotz told other interested teams that he is “no longer a candidate.” The Winnipeg Free Press’ Gary Lawless reports that an announcement could come early next week.

Lawless discusses a few more potential steps in the process:

There are plenty of reasons to believe that Trotz and the Capitals might be close to making a deal. Reports surfaced that Trotz met with the team earlier this week and there was talk of Washington being one of his top destinations.

PHT also tackled the subject in this video:

If Trotz is indeed the guy in Washington, the storylines are intriguing.

  • How will Trotz and Alex Ovechkin coexist? Is there any concern that Ovechkin might clash with Trotz in the same way that he experienced conflicts with Dale Hunter?
  • Trotz moves from a team noted for its front office stability to one in turmoil. At the same time, the budget is likely to be higher. Will he be able to take a team deeper than the second round now that he’s in the East?
  • Will Trotz’s defensive system mesh well with the roster in Washington? Will he establish a clear identity for Washington?

Again, it’s not settled yet, but it’s already interesting to ponder the possibilities. Stay tuned for more on this situation, whether updates come later on Saturday or some time in the next few days.

  1. ludacrish05 - May 24, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Shouldn’t there be a GM before hiring a new coach?

    • capsnbohs23 - May 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Its likely they will be introduced at the same time, Trotz said himself he doesnt want to finalize anything before the GM is hired

    • canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      I would expect Paul Fenton or Ray Shero to be named GM. Both have a history with Trotz in Nashville and he’s likely comfortable with either so in this case, it doesn’t really matter if he’s named head coach before the arrival of a GM.

  2. ludacrish05 - May 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Trotz looks like Bruce’s twin evil brother

  3. alicesrightfootesq - May 24, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Alex Ovechkin furiously Googling the definition of “back checking.”

  4. stangshockey12 - May 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Now the Pens will probably release Bylsma haha

  5. penvik - May 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    This is good for the Caps, but not good for Ovechkin. His point totals will suffer, but the team as a whole will benefit. It’s in Ovi’s best interest to embrace everything Trotz brings, his game could use a more well rounded style.
    Imagine Ovi back checking like he rushes up the ice.

  6. gapilligua - May 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Huge mistake. Capitals are close, need a great defense man and draft top D man. Re-sign the second line center, draft a second round center from Sweden…Tough love = Stanley Cup. Must have some nastiness to team identity.

    • govtminion - May 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      I don’t know. Trotz’ dealing with Radulov a few years ago showed that he’s not afraid to put a Russian with a big ego in his place. Might be just what the Caps need.

      Either way, it sounds like we’re about to find out.

      • storminator16 - May 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        Ha, that was epic fail by Poile and Trotz. I still laugh at that decision myself. That was the beginning of the end of Trotz in my opinion.

      • govtminion - May 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        To each their own. To me, that’s where I stopped thinking of Trotz as merely a good coach, and started thinking of him as the kind of coach I’d love to have on my team.

    • capsfan14 - May 25, 2014 at 4:00 AM

      Why does the center have to be a swede?

  7. crazemastercraze - May 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Can Trotz get a Russian to play defense? Stay tuned…

  8. jpat2424 - May 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Can anybody get a Russian to play D- Fence

    • elrock7 - May 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM


  9. ovechcant - May 25, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Trotz will absolutely get a Russian to play Defense and back check. His name is grabovski. Assuming he resigns.

  10. habs9 - May 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    teaching OV how to play D

    thats a tall order even for someone like Barry, good luck guy! You’ll need it!

  11. canuckswino - May 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    jpat2424: see Red Wings…

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