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With the Capitals' win on Tuesday against the New York Rangers, head coach Barry Trotz became just the sixth coach in NHL history to earn 700 career wins.

Trotz joins Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins), Joel Quenneville (840), Al Arbour (782), Ken Hitchcock (781) and Lindy Ruff (726). Of those six, Trotz and Ruff are the only two who have not yet won a Stanley Cup.

"It means I've been around a long time," Trotz said following Tuesday's win.

Trotz is currently in his 18th season as a head coach and third with the Capitals. He spent the first 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators.

"I've been blessed to coach a lot of great players and been with two wonderful organizations and surround myself with really smart people," Trotz said. "The assistant coaches and the associate coaches over the years, they're a big part. They do a lot of the work and I've just been blessed to have been doing it for as long as I have and the players responding and playing as well as they have to get those wins."

Trotz has led the Capitals to one division title and a Presidents' Trophy. The Caps look poised to repeat those accomplishments this season with the top record in the NHL. In order for this season to be considered a success, however, Trotz will have to find a way to lead Washington past the second round for the first time in his career and the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era.

Already among the coaching elite in terms of wins, Trotz could cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats if he can win a Stanley Cup.

 

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