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To change Caps’ culture, ‘it’ll be uncomfortable for some guys,’ says Trotz

Jun 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EST

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Barry Trotz is out to change the culture of the Washington Capitals.

And the new head coach knows that’s not an easy — or comfortable — thing to do.

“There’s no black and white,” Trotz told Monumental Network recently (video). “You have to be very specific, because guys don’t know what you want all the time. … At first there will be some pain. At the same time, the players want accountability, they want structure, and they want discipline. … It’ll be uncomfortable for some guys.”

Trotz has already spoken with captain and face of the franchise Alex Ovechkin.

“We’re going to work through some things that he can improve on to make him a better player,” Trotz said. “If he’s a better player, he’s going to make us a better team.”

The Capitals missed the playoffs in 2014 for the first time since 2007. Change soon followed, with the naming of a new coach, Trotz, and new general manager, Brian MacLellan.

“I think everyone knows what’s expected,” said Trotz. “The professionalism and the expectations are such that you have to buy in or we’ll be butting heads.”

Related: What does ‘good defense’ mean to Barry Trotz?

  1. hotlanta57 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    So why is it always Ovechkin’s fault?

    • rje49 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Well, when you’re a minus 35, there is a problem.

      • AlexOvechkinMinus35 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Say what?

    • hotlanta57 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Are you also the problem when you win the Rocket Richard? I’m so rattled by your logic.

  2. mactruck27 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    It’s gonna be uncomfortable for the guy that has to go teach Mike Green what defense is.

  3. dutchman1350 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Trotz is a dead man already…Ovi will push back, Teddy will back Ovi, once again. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    • capsnbohs23 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Ovi didnt push back when Oates forced him to play with Jay Beagle so I doubt he will push back on one of the most respected coaches in the league

  4. pj608 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Trotz is a good coach…. and its not all Ovi. Its all the D-men that think they are wingers. If the players listen they will thrive under his system. Remeber, this guy brought nashville to the playoffs. NASHVILLE! they have no offense. This will be good for Washington. They have a great team just dont know what to do in the back end.

  5. drewsylvania - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Ovechkough.

  6. vbcaps - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Let’s do this trotz. It’s time for Washington to put up or shut up

  7. phtjoey - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Finally! Caps have a HC coming in and calling out the players and Ovi from the get go. It’s time for Ovi to put up or shut up. To be the leader he’s being paid to be.

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Hes there to score goals, and when his defense doesnt play defense what makes you think hes going to….. The defense will pick up and so will Ovi. Like I said. If Ovi was there to play defense he would be on the blue line night after night for 25+. They need the whole team to play right and you will see great things from this team. Holtby is a great goalie. When he plays well he is Phenominal but it is of no help from his defense. A goalie can win games but it is impossible for him to do so every night. Look at poor Lundqvist. That guy is amazing. Best Goalie in the League for last several years and he is overlook by other goalies that have better defense and teamates that can score more than 1 or 2 goals per game.

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