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Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden has been promoted to associate coach, the team announced Monday.

Reirden, 45, will run Washington's training camp next month while head coach Barry Trotz works as an assistant for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Reirden, who is entering his third season on the Capitals' bench, was a finalist for the head coaching position in Calgary earlier this summer. He was also considered for the New Jersey vacancy the year before. In coaching circles, Reirden is considered a future bench boss and the question is when, not if, he’ll get that opportunity.

Reirden oversees the Capitals’ defensemen, who overcame a host of injuries last season, and a power play that ranked fifth in 2015-16.

Reirden and Trotz will speak to reporters on Tuesday.

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