Shocking, but not surprising: Barry Trotz steps down as Capitals coach

After 19 years of being a head coach in the NHL, Barry Trotz finally got his Stanley Cup. Not only did Barry get his first Cup, but he also brought the first Cup home to DC for the Capitals. So it comes as a bit of a shock, but not a total surprise, when the Capitals released the below statement that Trotz was stepping down as head coach.

“Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

It was no secret that before the playoffs started this year, Trotz’s job was on the line. However, many people thought he would be back once the Capitals won the Cup.

I mean, why wouldn’t you return?

Based on the statement released by the Capitals, Trotz informed them that he was resigning as the Caps coach. As of now, there’s no concrete reason as to why Trotzy stepped down; even his statement didn’t give a reason why.

Elliotte Friedman seems to have some insight on why Trotz left, and I can’t say I blame him.


Trotz was making $1.5 million a year in DC. While it’s not the lowest coaches salary in the league, it’s certainly not great. A 2-year extension at that price, or even a bit more, still leaves Trotz toward the bottom in salary. For reference, David Quinn is being paid $2.4 million per year, for 5 years by the Rangers, and Quinn has never coached an NHL before. It’s no surprise that Trotz not only wants, but also deserves more money.

What Barry picks as his next move remains to be unknown for now. Does he retire? I don’t think so. The Islanders have a head coach opening that would be very intriguing for Trotz. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Barry does next.

Barry Trotz

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