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Todd Reirden: There was no animosity between him and Barry Trotz over contract status

Todd Reirden: There was no animosity between him and Barry Trotz over contract status

The Capitals had a unique contract situation heading into the 2017-18 season. Head coach Barry Trotz was on the final year of his contract and was not given an extension. Associate coach Todd Reirden’s contract, meanwhile, ran through 2018-19.

That set up an awkward situation heading into the season, one that was exacerbated by the Caps’ 10-9-1 start to the season.

While the media speculated there Trotz and Reirden’s contract situation could cause tension among the coaches, Reirden says that was never the case.

“Obviously, there was talk about [a] contract situation for the fact that I had one moving forward as an associate and he didn’t have one going into the season,” Reirden said Tuesday after he was formally introduced as the Capitals head coach. “So there was a lot made of that and it was something that was not really a very big factor at all – if at all."

But Trotz’s subsequent resignation and Reirden’s hiring shows that the team indeed viewed Reirden as a potential head coaching candidate. That sort of dynamic between coaches has the potential to destroy a team internally. Lines can be drawn, sides can be taken between both players and coaches.

A tough conversation had to be had between Trotz and Reirden to make sure everyone was on the same page.

Reirden approached the situation with the same philosophy he hopes to bring with him as head coach.

“I think sometimes when you deal with difficult situations – and I think this kind of really goes along with my stance as a coach – is sometimes you have to have difficult discussions and some things that aren’t necessarily fun conversations. But they need to be had,” Reirden said. “And I think that’s the important thing and something I’m certainly not afraid of dealing with Barry or any of the players is having difficult conversations as well as ones in patting them on the back.

“It’s something that we went through and I think the honesty and dealing with it and getting the issues out just so everyone had a clear understanding of what was going on, it always ended with the same thing that whatever happens, I am all in to win the Stanley Cup and I want to help your staff any way possible win the Stanley Cup."

If there was any lingering animosity between the coaches, Reirden did not show it. Trotz was among the first people he thanked during his introduction “for bringing me into this organization, making me a part of his staff, bringing me to Washington and making me fall in love with this area.”

“It was always a goal that [Trotz] talked to me about, that 'I want you to be ready and prepared for an opportunity where it's your press conference,'" Reirden continued. “And today I'm able to reach that goal.”

Reirden went on to say he has been in contact with Trotz since he was hired to replace him in Washington.

“It’s important to understand that I’m not here today without Barry taking a chance on me and hiring me to be a part of his staff. We’ve gone our own separate ways and his situation making a decision that was best for him and his family and you know certainly this is not something we ever envisioned playing out like this, but I am certainly excited to be in this spot right now and being able to take advantage of the things I was able to learn from him and continue to build on some things that we started in our process here of becoming champs and move our organization forward and be a big part of Washington Capital history.”


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What is Ovechkin watching during coronavirus hiatus? Reveals 'Deal or No Deal' is go-to show

What is Ovechkin watching during coronavirus hiatus? Reveals 'Deal or No Deal' is go-to show

With the spread of the coronavirus, people have been encouraged to stay at home and practice social distancing. For many, that means watching a lot of TV shows and listening to a lot of music.

Thanks to the technology of the modern age, the choices of TV shows to watch and music to listen to are practically endless, but have you ever thought about what you would watch if you could choose only one show or one album of music?

Alex Ovechkin and other NHL players were posed that very question on Thursday in a teleconference. While the other players gave standard answers like "The Morning Show" and "Tiger King," Ovechkin's answers were a bit more...unexpected.

"My TV show is 'Deal or No Deal,'" he said. He had to pause before saying what his music album would be because the other players immediately began laughing at his answer. "And album, I'll probably take Eminem. Any album he have."

Surprised? You weren't the only one.

"I did not see that coming, Ovi," Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno said, laughing. "I did not see that coming."

Considering how proud Ovechkin is of his Russian heritage and the fact that he has a Russian wife, many probably assumed he would have picked a Russian TV show.

Ovechkin went on to explain, "I'm not a big TV guy as well. I'm just watching that show in the locker room with all the boys. But again, here in this situation, we watching a Russian TV show so it's kind of hard to pronounce the name, but I just picked the TV show what we always watch in the locker room."

So the next time you watch "Deal or No Deal" and are screaming at the contestant to just take the deal and not risk opening another case, know that Ovechkin and the rest of the Caps' locker room are right there with you.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET


  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

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