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NHL Capitals fire Reirden after playoff ouster by ex-coach

Todd Reirden was fired on Sunday as coach of the Washington Capitals, three days after the club was ousted from the National Hockey League playoffs by the man he replaced.

Todd Reirden was fired on Sunday as the head coach of the NHL’s Washington Capitals

The New York Islanders, guided by former Capitals coach Barry Trotz, beat the Capitals 4-1 in an Eastern Conference best-of-seven first round series.

No immediate replacement was named for Reirden, who served four seasons as an assistant coach to Trotz who took the team to their first Stanley Cup in 2018.

Trotz departed in June 2018 for the Islanders after talks with the Capitals on a new contract fell through.

Reirden went 89-46 with 16 overtime losses in two seasons coaching the Capitals, who won the Metropolitan Division each season but lost in the first round of the playoffs both years, dropping a seven-game series to Carolina in 2019.

“We have higher expectations for our team and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,”…


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