Monday afternoon, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan took to the podium after the reality-inducing announcement that Barry Trotz would not return as head coach of the team. In the press conference, MacLellan addressed all topics of the job opening, including the “sticking point” for a deal with Trotz and his thoughts about apparent front-runner for the job, Todd Reirden.
Unsurprisingly, both money and term were impasses to a deal, according to MacLellan. Trotz wanted a five-year deal, at a dollar value near other Stanley Cup-winning coaches. The Capitals just weren’t willing to give that to him.