Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There has been lots of speculation as to why Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz would just walk away from the dynasty he created that gave the very first Stanley Cup to the hockey fans of D.C? Well.. one thing for the past several months, a new contract was brought up and the lack of interest by the Caps organization to rework the final two years could have been the reason for exit.
“After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals,” Trotz said in a statement Monday.
“When I came 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 incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans. I would like to thank [Capitals owner] Mr. [Ted] Leonsis, [team president] Dick Patrick and [general manager] 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,” Trotz said.
For a lot of hockey fans in D.C this came as a complete shock and now it leaves fans wondering as to what might be next for the Caps who in four seasons with the Caps netted the best record in the league, his problem, not getting out of the second round. Could this have been the consideration the team needed to give him a new look at the future with the team? Perhaps, they weren’t sure he was going to be able to do it again and did not further any talks with him about the future here in D.C.
Stay tuned for more information as to where he may be going next. One thing is for sure, he won’t stay out of the league too long.