• Perspective

After experimenting with yet another first-time coach, the Capitals now turn to a straight-talking Stanley Cup winner, who seems like a perfect fit.

Both sides have agreed to keep in touch throughout the free agency period.

Washington started its coaching search after firing Todd Reirden in August.


Todd Reirden was previously an assistant coach with the Penguins before he joined the Capitals organization.

“There is so much parity in the league that you can’t afford to have some of the best talent on the ice and kind of go halfway in when it comes to coaching,” NHL analyst Anson Carter said.

  • Perspective

The Caps need a veteran voice to get back them where they want to be: competing for the Stanley Cup.

Reirden, who was in his first head coaching job, had earned high praise from his players, especially from the defensemen he helped mold.

Even before the novel coronavirus took control of the NHL season, there were signs that pointed to a possible early exit.

NBC Sports Washington informed Carlin earlier this month that his contract would not be renewed.

  • Perspective

After a second consecutive first-round flameout, it’s fair to ask: Are the Capitals' days as an annual title contender in the past?

The Islanders, with former Capitals coach Barry Trotz behind the bench, steamrolled Washington in Toronto. It is the second straight year the Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup in 2018, have been eliminated in the first round.

“We had everyone going, everyone pulling on the same rope and our job now is to make sure that filters over into the next game,” Braden Holtby said.

  • Perspective

Washington’s captain has matured into much more than just a goal scorer. The Capitals will need every facet of his well-rounded game to overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Islanders.

T.J. Oshie said Ovechkin inspired the team’s facial hair changes.

  • Perspective

The Capitals can dominate the Islanders. They might have waited too long to show it.

The Capitals narrowly avoided a sweep after finding themselves in a 2-0 deficit in the opening 10 minutes and have now forced a Game 5 on Thursday.

  • Perspective

Holtby, “a winner down to the core” and a permanent part of Washington’s Stanley Cup story, could be in his final days with the Capitals.

Washington’s problems are multiple as the team faces a 3-0 series deficit against the New York Islanders.

  • Analysis

New York has controlled the action at even strength.

The furloughs affect more than a third of the full-time payroll of the ownership group of the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Capital One Arena.

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