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Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2 postseason letdowns

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 11:50:57-04

The Washington Capitals have fired coach Todd Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.

General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series.

Washington opted to promote Reirden from the top assistant job and let Trotz leave rather than give him a raise after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018.

Reirden likely would have left to seek a head coaching position elsewhere. Trotz’s Islanders reached the second round of the postseason for a second consecutive season.

The Capitals failed to advance past the first in back-to-back years for the first time since 2013 and 2014.