Barry Trotz resigns in Washington

The Capitals let his contract expire, not thinking he'd win them the Stanley Cup

Paul Hamilton
June 18, 2018 - 3:53 pm

Photo: Geoff Burke - USA TODAY Sports


(WGR 550) - The Washington Capitals won their first ever Stanley Cup, but they’re losing their coach.

Barry Trotz has resigned, releasing this statement saying, "After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as head coach of the Washington Capitals. 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 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."

The Capitals countered with, “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.”

Trotz coached 328 games in Washington, going 205-89-34. He was 36-27 in the playoffs.

Trotz may have felt disrespected that the Caps didn’t want to talk contract until he won the Stanley Cup. Trotz has also coached 1,196 games in Nashville and does not have another job lined up.

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