Todd Reirden has been promoted to associate coach of the Washington Capitals, the team announced Monday. He will be charged with running training camp while Coach Barry Trotz will be at the World Cup of Hockey as an assistant with Team Canada.
In the past two years, Reirden has been a serious candidate for two NHL head-coaching gigs. According to the Calgary Sun, Reirden was a finalist to coach the Flames before they settled on Glen Gulutzan, and he was considered for the New Jersey Devils’ vacancy last summer, too. Lane Lambert, another Capitals assistant, was a finalist for the Colorado Avalanche head-coaching job earlier this month, according to the Denver Post.
Under the direction of Reirden, the Capitals ranked second in goals allowed last season and fifth in power-play percentage. Washington has also allowed fewer shots per game in the two seasons Reirden has guided the defense.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Reirden spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins.