Barry Trotz is out as the head coach of the Stanley Cup-hoisting Washington Capitals. The abrupt move was announced Monday, just two weeks after the team won hockey’s ultimate prize.
Trotz was supposed to have a two-year extension kick in after winning the Cup in Washington, but the team and coach were unable to come to an agreement about the money.
In effect, the purported extension would’ve netted him a slight raise. It was part of Trotz’s original four-year contract signed in 2014, which paid him a cool $6 million. Since then, the market for coaches has improved – to say the least.
Mike Babcock inked a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs that paid him $50 million across eight years, while Joel Quenneville is paid a reported $6 million a season. Claude Julien earned $5 million a year with the Habs.
With Trotz sitting at a mere $2 million a season, with a reported $300,000 bump to kick in for two years after winning the Cup, the numbers didn’t seem to add up anymore.
Trotz apparently had intentions of landing a five-year extension, something that would’ve paid him more than the $1.8 million he was set to collect for the next two years under the previously unreported extension.
But the Capitals weren’t up to negotiating and the rest is history, kind of like how Mike Keenan bolted from the New York Rangers in 1994 after winning the Stanley Cup.
“After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation,” Trotz said. “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.”
Ahead of his Cup-winning season, Trotz was unsure about what would come next. General manager Brian MacLellan did not want to talk about a contract extension last summer and Todd Reirden was kept on tap in case something didn’t pan out. As it stands, it looks like Reirden will be Trotz’s replacement in Washington.
As for the departing coach, the New York Islanders are the only team currently without a bench boss. Trotz holds a 762-568-60-134 record in his career with the Capitals and Nashville Predators and could seriously change things for an interested team.