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Caps add assistant Reirden after Pens dismiss him

Jun 25, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT


On the same day that the Pittsburgh Penguins parted ways with assistant coach Todd Reirden, the Washington Capitals decided to snatch him up in that same capacity.

Reirden was an assistant in Pittsburgh for the past four seasons, mostly working with the team’s defensemen and power-play units. He was also Dan Bylsma’s replacement for two seasons with the team’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before joining Bylsma’s staff at the NHL level.

The 43-year-old played 183 NHL games in his career after being a 12th-round pick.

Barry Trotz’s coaching staff is really starting to come together in Washington. Along with adding Reirden, Trotz made sure to bring over his respected goalie coach Mitch Korn from the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

With the front office picture being clarified, the Capitals can now focus on furnishing Trotz & Co. with the kind of players who align with their vision.

(Main image via the Capitals.)

  1. milkmemalkin - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Let the rats eat the leftovers, Lemieux knows exactly what he is doing.

    • f2maestro - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Reirden is hardly leftovers. Judging by the positive feedback on all Pittsburgh news outlets, he is a solid coach that had simply reached his expiration date (much like Bylsma had).

      I hope #66 knows what he’s doing; We can only hope.

      • hotlanta57 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        The Capitals love those sloppy seconds. Please do not speak ill of Disco Dan.

  2. ludacrish05 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Seconds? That’s pretty stupid to say. Everyone grabs coaches and players from different teams, this is no different.

    • hotlanta57 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      Say it to my face soft scrub

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Certainly fits the Barry Trotz mold – I wonder if this means the Caps might also take a flyer (no pun intended) on Orpik – Reirden and Orpik were two peas.

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