CAPS PULL THE PLUG ON LOSING COACH TODD REIRDEN!

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.’

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