Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after early playoff exit

The Washington Capitals relieved Todd Reirden of his head coaching duties, the team announced Sunday.

The news comes three days after the Capitals were eliminated by the New York Islanders following a 4-0 setback in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan said.

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“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.”

Reirden, 49, served as an assistant in Washington for four seasons prior to being promoted to the post as the 18th head coach in franchise history in June 2018. He replaced former bench boss Barry Trotz, who left the Capitals shortly after they captured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title. Trotz now coaches the Islanders.

Reirden posted an 89-46-16 record during his two seasons at the helm of the Capitals. Washington finished with a 41-20-8 mark in 2019-20 and earned the conference’s No. 3 seed after finishing the round-robin format with a 1-1-1 record.

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