Sport Barry Trotz, Capitals hoping to 'work through' contract extension

01:35  14 june  2018
01:35  14 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz (LM Otero/AP). When MacLellan was asked about an extension for Trotz this past weekend at the NHL draft in Chicago, MacLellan said, “We’re trying to get through the draft.”

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz , center, arrives with the team at Dulles International Airport in The celebration will last through the parade Tuesday, but once that's done, the work After not extending Trotz 's contract last summer, ownership and general manager Brian MacLellan

In the wake of the Capitals' Stanley Cup victory, Barry Trotz has continued to field questions on whether he will remain as Capitals head coach.

To this point, Trotz, whose contract expires June 30, had put off making any declaration until after Washington's parade festivities Tuesday, saying he "wasn't thinking" about a possible extension. But as the Caps held their final media availability Wednesday, Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan were optimistic a deal would be finalized.

"I do want to be back," Trotz told reporters. "There's some things we have to work out. If we get them worked out, then there's no question. I love the group of guys. I love the situation I'm in with the team, the location for my son and my wife. All that is in place. We'll go from there, we'll work through it."

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— Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David The celebration will last through the parade Tuesday, but once that’s finished, the work After not extending Trotz ’s contract last summer, ownership and general manager Brian MacLellan hope to keep him around.

Despite being without a contract for next season, Barry Trotz has led the Capitals to their first Cup Final appearance in 20 years. The Hardest- Working Paper in America. Despite back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies, MacLellan and Capitals management didn’t offer Trotz an extension .

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The feeling between both parties is mutual.

“We're going to try; I talked to Barry this morning,” MacLellan said. “I’ll talk to ownership over the next week or so, and continue to discuss everything and we’ll see where it goes.”

However, keeping Trotz, who served as the Capitals' bench boss since 2014, may cost Washington associate coach Todd Reirden.

Reirden joined the organization when Trotz was first hired. He played a crucial role in persuading defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to sign with Washington four years ago, as he coached the pair in Pittsburgh. In 2016, the Capitals rewarded Reirden with a promotion, where his title changed from assistant to associate coach.

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Hill (blister) gets through simulated game OK. Strasburg (shoulder) headed to disabled list. Barry Trotz | Center. Team: Washington Capitals . It's unclear if Trotz declined a contract extension some time this season but he couldn't be entering negotiations with any more leverage than he has

As Capitals vie for division crown, Barry Trotz ’s status remains uncertain. But in signing MacLellan to an extension during the season, it raised another rather obvious question: What will be the fate of Coach Barry Trotz , who is working in the final year of his contract ?

The Capitals prevented Reirden from interviewing with possible suitors in previous years as all signs pointed to Reirden becoming Trotz's successor if the Capitals opted to part ways with the 55-year-old.

A Washington Post story revealed Trotz was nearly fired twice during the 2017-18 season before winning streaks saved his job.

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Trotz, fourth on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list, mentioned "there are a few issues we have to go through" when asked if he hoped to retain his entire coaching staff.

The Islanders are currently the only team with a head coaching vacancy.

New York relieved Doug Weight of his duties earlier this month after missing the postseason in his two years with the team. Reirden, if unable to reach any form of resolution in Washington, could become a candidate for the Islanders' vacancy.

New Islanders coach Barry Trotz fires salvo at Capitals over contract impasse .
In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Barry Trotz explained that he resigned as coach of the Capitals because of less than sincere contract negotiations between the two sides."When it came to the business aspects, from my standpoint, I felt that it wasn't really sincere what we did together," Trotz offered during a conference call with reporters. "I decided it was better to move on.

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