The season reviews are all over, but maybe could we spare a moment to discuss Todd Reirden?
The Washington Capitals will be on the hook to pay part of Todd Reirden’s salary next season to be an assistant coach with the Penguins (unless he’s being paid more by Pittsburgh). The Penguins, of course, are the Caps’ biggest rival.
While speaking to Penguins media on Wednesday, a beaming Reirden told reporters that, “I’ve learned a lot (in Washington) and I’m excited to share it here with the players.”
Todd Reirden is staying in the Metropolitan Division and returning to the Washington Capitals’ biggest rival.
Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they hired Reirden back to be an assistant coach again – this time under Mike Sullivan. Reirden will be in charge of the team’s defensive group and power-play unit.
Eight days after being fired by the Washington Capitals, former head coach Todd Reirden has put his home on the market.
Reirden listed his six-bed, eight-bath, 4,060 square foot mansion on Monday through Jordan Stuart of Keller Williams Capital Properties. Stuart also served as Wayne Rooney’s real-estate agent.
With Todd Reirden out, it’s time for us to recklessly speculate about who could take over.
Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan spoke to reporters hours after announcing that the team had fired second-year head coach Todd Reirden on Sunday.
In a team release, MacLellan said that the organization has “higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary.”
That fresh approach will apparently be from a coach with previous NHL head coaching experience.
Former Capitals head coach Todd Reirden released a statement after he and the team parted ways on Sunday.
Reirden spent six seasons with the Capitals – the first four as an assistant under Barry Trotz and the final two as the team’s head coach. Reirden’s Capitals lost in the first round of the playoffs two consecutive seasons after Trotz left for the Islanders.
Todd Reirden’s had a lot of regular-season success in his first two seasons as an NHL head coach. He’s won the Metropolitan Division both years and is the third coach in NHL history to earn an All-Star nod in his first two seasons. Reirden’s .642 point percentage (89-46-16) ranks fifth in NHL history among coaches with at least 100 games.
But for whatever reason, Reirden’s Capitals have struggled in the postseason, flaming out in the first round two years in a row. The Capitals were upset in seven games by the Carolina Hurricanes last year and Thursday, the Capitals were eliminated in five games to the upstart New York Islanders, who are led by Reirden’s former boss and the Capitals’ former Stanley Cup-winning head coach, Barry Trotz.
Many Capitals fans on social media have pointed blame at Reirden for the team’s lack of preparation and motivation during this year’s postseason. The team, an offensive juggernaut in the regular season, only saw Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and TJ Oshie score goals in their first-round series. The team struggled to forecheck and put sustained pressure on Seymon Varlamov for a majority of the series.
So during the Caps’ postgame press conference, ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski asked Reirden bluntly how confident he was that he’d be back next season.
During the first half of his career, Alex Ovechkin took a brunt of the blame from national media for never getting the Capitals past the second round of the playoffs. He was too selfish, a coach killer. But his numbers never seemed to correlate with that narrative.
Tuesday night, after the Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 in Game Four, Todd Reirden was asked about Ovechkin’s huge two-goal performance, which included the game-winner in the third period.
Todd gushed about his captain but glossed over Ovi’s world-class goal-scoring ability. It was the other things that impressed him and made the Capitals a different team that night.
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