Barry Trotz resigns as Capitals Head Coach 

Updated: June 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm by Brock Seguin

Less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is stepping down as the head coach of the Washington Capitals. 

“After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals. When I cam to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital. We had an incredibly run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans. I would like to thank Mr. Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.” — Barry Trotz

After four seasons behind the Captials’ bench, Trotz is hitting the free agent market. During his tenure in Washington, Trotz led the Capitals to an NHL-best record 205-89-24 (444 points) and four consecutive playoff appearances. 

According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Trotz had a clause in his contract that if the Capitals won the Stanley Cup it would trigger a two-year extension with a $300K bump in salary—totalling $1.8 million in salary. Trotz’s stock is at an all-time high and will likely see his salary doubled at the very least as he hits the free agent market. 

The New York Islanders are currently the only team in the NHL without a head coach, so the speculation is already running rampant. 

Head coaches have seen a raise in pay in recent years, so it looks like Trotz will be the next bench boss to get a big raise in salary. 

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