By Sharon Otter
The Caps admitted they made a mistake:
Back-to-back early playoff exits were enough of a reason to fire coach Todd Reirden.
In the two years since promoting Reirden instead of giving Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz a raise, they’ve been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.
And today that bill came due as they fired Reirden days after losing a five-game series to Trotz’s New York Islanders and moved toward hiring the seventh coach since Alex Ovechkin entered the NHL.
”We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” general manager Brian MacLellan said. ”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.’