Reirden was tasked with leading Washington following its first-ever Stanley Cup title. But in two seasons, the Capitals were bounced from the playoffs in the first round, most recently in a disappointing five-game series against the New York Islanders. The Capitals, in particular, looked lifeless and lost to former coach Barry Trotz.
“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”
The Capitals went 89-46-1 under Reirden.
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