Todd Reirden respected Nicklas Backstrom before coming to the Caps. Now: ‘He’s even better than I ever, ever thought.’
Todd Reirden spent four seasons as an assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals’ biggest rival, before coming to DC.
During that time, Reirden says he respected Nicklas Backstrom “a ton” when game-planning for the Swedish center. But Reirden’s admiration went another level when he became his coach.
Reirden made the comments Tuesday to the media when asked why Backstrom does not get more attention for how good of a player he is.