Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – The Washington Capitals have selected Barry Trotz as their new coach and promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager, the team announced.
“I am very excited to join the Washington Capitals and want to thank Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for this opportunity,” said Trotz, who became the 17th coach in Capitals history after spending 15 seasons as coach of the Nashville Predators.
“This is a great organization with a strong foundation and a tremendous fan base. I look forward to working with this group of talented players and the quality front-office staff this team has assembled,” he added.
The 51-year-old Trotz was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL and the only coach in Predators history. Trotz ranks third in games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise.
Trotz ranks 15th on the NHL coaching victories list and fourth among active coaches, behind Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks; 706), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues; 657) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars; 611).
Trotz will replace coach Adam Oates, who was fired April 25, while MacLellan will replace George McPhee, who did not have his contract renewed after the Capitals went 38-30-14, ninth in the Eastern Conference, and did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.
“We are extremely pleased to name Brian MacLellan the team’s general manager and welcome Barry Trotz to Washington as the Capitals coach,” Leonsis said. “After conducting an extensive search for a general manager, we determined that Brian was the best candidate to help us reach our ultimate goal, winning the Stanley Cup.”
MacLellan, 55, becomes the sixth general manager in Capitals history after spending the past 13 seasons with Washington, seven as assistant general manager, player personnel.
In his previous role, MacLellan oversaw the professional scouting staff and worked closely with the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, who won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
MacLellan served as a pro scout for the Capitals from 2000-03 and was promoted to director of player personnel, assisting and advising the general manager in all player-related matters.