- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Washington Capitals fired coach Todd Reirden on Sunday, days after the team was ousted in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Reirden was tasked with leading Washington following its first-ever Stanley Cup title. But in two seasons, the Capitals were bounced from the playoffs in the first round, most recently in a disappointing five-game series against the New York Islanders. The Capitals, in particular, looked lifeless and lost to former coach Barry Trotz.

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

The Capitals went 89-46-1 under Reirden.

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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